If you have been reading only the read and recommended LGBTQ books, it’s time for an upgrade. Unlike other genres, this one has just two categories – the books that do insanely well and the others that don’t see much light. Here is a list of five underestimated and unputdownable books that you need to pick right now.
The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley
Set in a Hospital, The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley is about Drew, the boy who lost it all and found himself (or realized he was gay). Drew lives in a hospital and works at the cafeteria there. The arrival of a new patient bullied and burned by his classmates changes Drew’s life. This book is flawed as all beautiful things are and certainly not high on reality but don’t we have enough of it already?
Tip: Keep the tissue box close when you start reading this.
True Letters from a Fictional Life
It’s hard to come to terms with your sexuality when the world is biased about what’s ‘normal’ and what’s not. This book explores James Liddel’s journey to coming out as gay. James has a girlfriend and keeps his attraction towards boys limited to the letters that he writes and hides. As Jenny Han as it might sound, its a beautiful and heartbreaking.
Gone, Gone, Gone
One of those beautiful books,Gone, Gone, Gone is as unique as it gets. Set on the backdrop of the post 9/11 Maryland, this book is raw on emotion and lyrically flowing. Craig and Leo are the two protagonists and like many other Americans, the two are trying to survive in the aftermath and love comes their way. This book is just as good as Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of Universe if not better and full of witty quotes.
Fans of the Impossible Life
Love triangles can be crazy but Fans of Impossible Life is on another level with a girl, her best friend and a guy that loves them both (and vice versa). Jeremy, Mira, and Sebby narrate the story bit by bit. The struggle of teenagers who are trying to figure out who they are and what they want from life. It is one emotional roller coaster of a story that throws it all at you – mental illness, depression, homophobia, and bullying
What We Left Behind
If you ever want to read something that’s normal, you should read What We Left Behind as it begins as typical hopelessly in love couple’s story who is now going to be in a long distance relationship – but it doesn’t end that way. Tony and Gretchen have been the ideal couple only to hit rock bottom. Toni comes to terms with his sexuality in college and struggles to keep it from Gretchen. What We Left Behind lags at some places but the plot is interesting and unique.
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