If you haven’t stepped into a bookstore in the past couple of years, you’re not alone. You are, however, missing out on a period of time where the shelves are overflowing with new, diverse, excellent queer books releasing week after week, for readers of all ages and identities.
Find here the top ten queer books we think you should bring to the beach this summer – some that’ll have you saying “I wish I’d had this book when I was in high school,” and some that no high schooler should ever be caught reading.
All of the titles mentioned here landed on shelves in the first half of 2021 and are available now.
INDIVISIBLE by Daniel Aleman | YA
After Mateo Garcia’s parents are arrested by ICE officers and face deportation, his life as a queer high school student with great friends, his plans to pursue acting, and the family business running the local bodega get turned upside down. Aleman pens a poignant, compulsively-readable, heartbreaking debut novel; he’s a writer who is clearly just getting started. The fast pace makes for a moving, all-too-real look into the injustice faced by immigrant families, but the writing will leave you filled with Mateo’s resilient spirit.
Available on Amazon.