YEM’s Top 5 YA LGBT Books of 2021

Here at YEM, a good romance can not go unnoticed. For this list, 5 LGBT stories will be given acknowledgment for putting together stories that produced all the emotions needed to win us over. 

1. Things We Couldn’t Say by Jay Coles

Jay Coles’ novel surrounds young Gio as he navigates his life (and love life) with the return of his long-absent mother. Giving no easy answers, Coles’ story is emotionally affecting, which we here at YEM appreciate.  

2. The Sky Blues by Robbie Couch

Robbie Couch delivers a touching story that explores making the best out of a grueling situation. Witty and heartfelt, The Sky Blues delivers in ways that warrant its spot on the list.

3. Fifteen Hundred Miles From the Sun by Jonny Garza Villa

Much like Sky Blues, Jonny Garza Villa’s novel explores making the best of a bad situation. Julius’ story of learning to find himself explores a tale that YEM has grown accustomed to, and we’re completely on board with this one on the list. 

4. Aristotle and Dante Dive Into the Waters of the World by Benjamin Alire Saenz

This one is truly special. YEM is genuinely touched by this story of two boys who not only fall in love but bring out the best in each other in the process.

5. She Drives Me Crazy by Kelly Quindlen

This rom-com is a real treat. Nothing spells “ironic” in all the funniest and most heartwarming ways like two high school enemies falling in love. 

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