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Casey McQuiston’s second novel is one of my favorite queer love stories ever! Set in New York City, One Last Stop follows August, a “reformed girl detective” when she meets Jane Su, on her daily commute on the Q train. When Jane is revealed to have been trapped on the subway since the 1970s, will August be able to free Jane from being stuck in time? With magic, romance, found family and pancakes, One Last Stop is the perfect book to read on the beach this summer.
Casey McQuiston’s young adult debut is just as enchanting as her adult novels. Shara Wheeler is the perfect It Girl at Willowgrove Christian Academy. But when she disappears the day after prom, having kissed rival Chloe Green, quarterback boyfriend Smith, and next door neighbor Rory. Chloe, Smith, and Rory follow a trail of pink envelopes that will reveal where Shara disappeared to -- and why she kissed them. A queer coming-of-age story that warms your heart, everyone needs to put I Kissed Shara Wheeler on their summer reading lists.
For fans of The Bachelor, this queer romance contains reality television, fame, mental illness, and romance, all wrapped in a questionable choices and confusion. When Dev, a producer on the acclaimed reality dating show Ever After, falls for tech bro and Ever After star Charlie, it makes for a confusing season, especially as Dev and Charlie spend more and more time together. Full of ups, downs, and romantic gestures, The Charm Offensive is a heartwarming story that may make you wish to apply for the next season of The Bachelor (or The Bachelorette).
From the writer of Simon Vs The Homosapien’s Agenda and Leah On the Off Beat, Becky Albertalli nails it in her most recent young adult novel. When best friends Kate and Anderson’s summer camp crush, Matt, shows up at their high school, the friends realize that this may be the time when sharing the same crush isn’t a good thing. A great queer young adult read, Kate in Waiting is the perfect book for all of those high school theater kids and Glee fans this summer.
Once again, Emily Henry has made it impossible to not fall for her moody protagonist in her third novel. Akin to Parent Trap’s Meredith Blake, Nora Stephens perfectly fits the power-hungry female archetype that the hero ISN’T supposed to fall for. But, this time, in the little town of Sunshine Falls, things may be different, when Nora runs into colleague Charlie Lastra. The perfect summer beach read for lovers of any Meg Ryan movie.
Following the same group of Los Angelinos in Abbi Waxman’s earlier novels, Adult Assembly Required has the same charm and quirky characters that make Waxman’s books irresistible. Laura Costello moves to Los Angeles quickly to escape the past and finds a whole new family in Polly, Nina and the other tenants of her unexpected boardinghouse. Read on the beach (and be ready to laugh)!
T.J. Klune’s first novel perfectly combines magic and romance for a queer fantasy novel that everybody will love. When social worker Linus Baker is sent to check in at a special orphanage full of magical children, he expects it to be an easy case. House in the Cerulean Sea is the perfect queer fantasy for not only Pride month, but all year round.
In the most perfect queer romantic comedy, Georgia Clark sets up a book that you won’t be able to set down once you start. After a volcano explodes, the Kelly and Lee families are trapped on a small, uninhabited vacation-destination island off the coast of Australia. Romance, hijinks and crazy antics ensue as the family try to figure out who they really are and what they truly want.