The sun is out, the beaches are full and rainbow fashion statements are making an appearance. Which is to say, it's Pride Month! Here are some new teen titles to check out between living your truth and enjoying the sunshine.
Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley is a sweet, summer romance between Christa, a white lesbian, and Aki, a black bisexual girl, while they work together on a church service project in Mexico. Reminiscent of Judy Blume's Forever, this book is a perfect beach read.
History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera follows Griffin, a teen boy with OCD, as he grieves the death of his first boyfriend, Theo. In spite of the tragic plot, there is a lot of love and hope in this book. Both Griffin and Theo's families are warm, loving and supportive as Griffin begins to find light in the darkness.
Girl Mans up by M.E. Girard follows Pen, a butch lesbian just trying to make it through high school. Between her parents constantly on her back, her "best" friend being a jerk, and half the world trying to tell her she's either too much or not enough of a girl, she has a lot to deal with. Still, Pen's story is told with the honesty that comes when you know exactly who you are.
Queer, There, and Everywhere by Sara Prager introduces you to 23 amazing queer folks who never made it into your history textbooks. Some names may be familiar while others are decidedly not. Take this chance to get to know more about the trailblazers that fought so we could have parades.