Another top 5 Wednesday! If you don’t know what top 5 Wednesdays are you can check out the Goodreads group page here – they have topics for each Wednesday where you pick 5 books relating to that topic. This week’s topic is my favourite LGBTQ+ reads. I don’t have a lot of books on this topic as I feel they aren’t as common as other topics e.g. teen romance or villains. However I still managed to put together 5 books, I am going to put in a spoiler alert as some of these may relate to the plot and may be related to a spoiler. Therefore please don’t read if you haven’t read the books mentioned.
5. Me Being Me Is Exactly As Insane As You Being You by Todd Hasak-Lowy
To be honest I didn’t enjoy this book however as I previously mentioned I didn’t have many books in this category so I had to chose it.
In this book we meet Darren, during the first few pages we learn that a member of Darren’s family is gay, the story then relates entirely around this aspect of Darren’s life. Although this is a massive change in his life I feel as though this book kind of made it too big a deal. However I think this book does deal with it well as we see how Darren accepts this change into his life and how although it was a shock we see how this change can in time be accepted.
4. London Belongs To Us by Sarra Manning
There is a gay character in this book (I won’t go into it further in case of spoilers). I think this is really well accepted in this book. With most books revolving around this category that is what the whole story is about. However this book just accepts it like any other character, this I really appreciated. This is a really fun novel about a girl chasing after her cheating boyfriend to confront him about the affair, in the meantime she meets so great new friends and discovers herself along the way.
3. One Of Us is Lying by Karen M.McManus
I’m not going to say too much into this as it will be a major spoiler however it is revealed that one of the characters in this book is gay. This book reveals the difficulties of being outed when you aren’t ready, also how it can affect your entire life.
It really made me see the difficulties that can occur for someone who is not ready to tell people that they are gay. We see here how the family reacts, their school, their friends and most importantly their future career prospects. It makes you realise that these are very real issues that may affect people’s lives and no wonder people find it difficult to announce to others that they are gay if they are expecting an outcome like the one in this book.
2. Kiss by Jacqueline Wilson
This again is kind of a major spoiler for this book as it will become apparent when reading the story which character is LGBTQ. However I had to include this book because Jacqueline Wilson handles this delicate topic perfectly!
As we all know most of her books are aimed for teenagers, around the same time when they are becoming aware of their sexual orientation. Therefore I think this is a perfect book because it explains how a teenager can be so scared about coming out to family and friends but in reality they are perfectly ok with it. This book will make people see that their family will still accept them and that they should be encouraged to be who they are.
1. Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight
Again another massive spoiler however it couldn’t be helped. In this story we follow the life of Amelia, she apparently committed suicide by jumping off the school roof however a few days later her mother gets a text telling her that Amelia didn’t jump. Her mother then delves into the life of Amelia to find out what actually happened on that roof.
Again another story about a child not coming out to her mother and her mother finding out and being ok with it however it is already too late to do anything. Although this book isn’t focused on this aspect it is still a large part of the story.
There are my top 5 LGBTQ+ books. I noticed while writing this that the majority of the stories are about the character being afraid to “come out” then someone finding out and making fun of them, then everyone eventually accepting them for who they are. I think this is really upsetting, surely not everyone who has come out has been treated this way? If so what a horrible world we live in. By reading stories that contain LGBTQ+ characters you can understand more about how their lives are made increasingly difficult by their sexual orientation, this should not be a big deal! Also it shouldn’t be made such a big deal when a character is LGBTQ in a book, I feel like the author should just mention it like they would of a straight couple. If for example a guy likes another guy it should not be such a big deal, it wouldn’t be such a big deal if it were a straight couple. By making it this big aspect of a story it draws on that this is a big topic that is rarely talked about, we need to stop making it such a taboo subject!
Do you agree with my topics? Do you think LGBTQ is made a big deal in books? Let me know in the comments!