Discussions & Confessions is a feature at Deadly Darlings where we share a discussion topic as well as a bookish confession.
It’s LGBT April and in lieu of that, I wanted to ask you guys two things:
a.) What do you think of LGBT books? and
b.) Can you recommend to me any awesome YA LGBT?
I’ve only ever read one book that has an LGBT main character, and that’s Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan and John Green. I didn’t even enjoy it, to be honest.
What I’m trying to say is that I have very, very minimal knowledge on how the LGBT community is portrayed in young adult novels. I suck, right? Anyway, I was planning to read 3 LGBT+ themed books this month, but it’s already the 19th and I haven’t read any yet! So I decided to ask for some recs in this post.
I tried reading Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan, but the first chapter bored me soooo much. Does it get any better? I also have an eARC of Dark Metropolis by Jaclyn Dolamore which, according to the Goodreads genres listed, also contains LGBT.
I’ve read a couple of books that featured LGBT side characters, so I guess I sort of have an idea. Mostly, they play the role of the main character’s best friend or friend, and they’re usually the friendly, funny characters who are emotionally strong and very passionate. I have a gay uncle who is very, very emotionally strong and is hilarious, so I think there are a lot of books that justify the awesome side of the LGBT community.
So, I’m not sure if I’ll be able to read the three books I wanted to this month (and this makes me really guilty), but I do think I should get to know more of our LGBT+ main characters and how they deal with their everyday lives, problems and how they fix them. I’m also curious about the various ways one can come out. Also, how sometimes these people are bullied, but remain emotionally stable enough to continue on with their lives and still be happy. They’re awesome, right? Thumbs up to the LGBT community!
Throw those LGBT recs at me, guys! Make sure they’re YA, though. And how do you think the LGBT community is portrayed in YA novels?