2020 LGBTQ+ Releases Part I

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If there’s one thing already making me excited for 2020, it’s all the incredible looking/sounding books featuring LGBTQ+ characters. I am apologising in advance to my bank account and TBR pile but I am willing to suffer. As all of these books (obviously) aren’t released yet and only a few lucky people have received early copies, I can’t say all of my information in terms of representation is 100% and of course I will edit as more information comes out. However, from the research I have done, these are 20 books released next year featuring LGBTQ+ characters. (In order of release!)

 

Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore44218347._SY475_
(trans MC)

As much as I could try and sum up this young-adult, fantasy retelling, I think the author herself has sold it to me already – “casts one of Andersen’s most brutal fairy tales in the light of the true medieval events that likely inspired it. At the center is a Romani girl & trans boy. Plus an ending that is so queer [she] may have officially out-gayed [her]self.” That’s all I’ll say.
Release Date: January 14th

 

 

 

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Spellhacker by M.K. England
(lesbian MC + NB love interest)

I feel like to sum this book up in terms of its representation, I will quote the author – “Uh. It’s me. So *sips tea* yes, dear, quite. Queer (primarily sapphic) MC, non-binary love interest, bi secondary character, widowed lesbian bakery owner, elderly science husbands. ALL THE QUEER.” Sold yet?
Release Date: January 21st 2020

 

 

 

 

39673190._SY475_Belle Révolte by Linsey Miller
(biromantic ace MC)

This French inspired fantasy tells the story of two girls, who after having restrictions put on their entire lives, decide to simply swap lives – Annette training to become a noble lady and Emilie enrolling to become a physician’s assistant. As well as featuring a cast full of LGBTQ+ characters, including several queer characters, a trans boy and a f/f relationship, this book also shows the importance of friendship.
Release Date: February 4th 2020

 

 

 

The Stars We Steal by Alexa Donne40950392
(demi MC, asexual, gay + lesbian side characters)

Did I scream when I saw a young-adult, sci-fi retelling featuring a demi MC? Maybe. (However, the author has pointed out that although written as demisexual, it isn’t mentioned on page.) This book is also marketed as a loose retelling of Persuasian but set against a sci-fi background and that, as well as the queer cast, is definitely right up my alley.
Release Date: February 4th 2020

 

 

 

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The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper
(m/m romance)

This young-adult contemporary is marketed as a book about space but that doesn’t actually take place in space. However, it is about the sons of two astronauts who fall in love as their parents fight for the same spot on an upcoming mission. Cal is a successful social media journalist whilst Leon is sensitive and mysterious and despite their differences, they soon fall head over heels for each other.
Release Date: February 4th 2020

 

 

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Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales
(m/m romance)

I just want to already make you want to add this to your TBR by saying it’s a boy meets boy retelling of… Grease! I mean, it’s something I never knew I wanted until now but I am so excited. Although it focuses on a m/m romance, Ollie is out whereas Will isn’t so this is definitely a slow burner. Ollie is also befriended by three girls who take him under their wing and I’m excited to see what they offer too!
Release Date: March 3rd 2020

 

 

 

When We Were Magic by Sarah Gailey38464995._SY475_
(f/f romance)

This book is currently being yelled about and that is because we have been promised queer witches, girl gangs and accidental murder. Although I am not sure on the sexualities of all the girls, I do know that it features a friends to lover f/f romance and it’s a slow burner, folks. I’m excited for magic gone wrong and girls who love each other enough to help each other bury a body.
Release Date: March 3rd 2020

 

 

39297951._SY475_We Are Totally Normal by Rahul Kanakia
(gay MC)

We are being blessed with these beautiful covers and this Own Voices book is a shining example. Through my research, not only does this book feature a gay MC, it isn’t necessarily a love story. However, it deals with sexuality and the anxiety that can come with it and Rahul captures the tone of teenage life perfectly. It is a story of finding yourself and I’m so excited to read this interesting take on a YA contemporary.
Release Date: March 31st 2020

 

 

 

Late to the Party by Kelly Quindlen 43561415._SY475_
(lesbian MC)

This coming-of-age YA contemporary follows the story of Codi Teller, who wants to experience the world outside her basement. She has never been kissed before and when attending a party one night, she meets Ricky kissing another boy in the dark. What ensues is an unexpected friendship between the two as discover life together. The book also features both a f/f and m/m relationship and a bisexual side character!
Release Date: April 21st 2020

 

 

 

45304055._SY475_The Fascinators by Andrew Eliopulos
(m/m romance)

Before I begin, this book has already been recommended to fans of The Raven Cycle so. Need I say more here? This book follows an openly gay high school senior who happens to be in love with his best friend. Although not much more information is known about this book yet, we have also been promised some dark magic, old secrets and a close group of friends. Consider me very intrigued.
Release Date: May 12th 2020

 

 

 

 

Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust 47590411._SY475_
(bisexual MC, f/f romance)

This Persian-inspired fantasy retelling features a girl who’s touch is poison and because of this, she has lived a life in secret. Our main character, Soraya, is established as being bisexual early on in the story as she recalls a crush she had on her childhood best friend. The story, however, features a f/f romance and although it is not central to the plot, it is well developed. Overall, I’m excited for all these YA fantasies with queer characters!
Release Date: May 12th 2020

 

 

 

44286258._SY475_The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar
(f/f romance)

Featuring another cover that owns my heart, this romance contemporary features a f/f romance between two brown MCs. Both Nishat and Flávia have a henna business and because of this, they are obvious rivals. You picking up on this hate to love? Not only does Nishat have to deal with her competition and her feelings for Flávia, she also has to deal with her religion that doesn’t expect Muslim girls to be lesbians.
Release Date: May 12th 2020

 

 

 

The Extraordinaries by T.J. Klune39407725._SY475_
(m/m romance)

This book can be summed up by saying – queer superheroes. Yep. Nick Bell is perfectly ordinary, except for being a very popular fanfic writer in the Extraordinaries fandom. After bumping into the city’s most well-known superhero, and his biggest crush, he sets out to gain powers for himself. After enlisting his best friend, Seth Gray to help, Nick discovers true love may be closer than he thinks.
Release Date: May 19th 2020

 

 

 

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I Kissed Alice by Anna Birch
(f/f romance)

Blessed with the world’s cutest cover, this book is marketed as a romantic comedy and features… wait for it, a hate to love romance between two girls – Rhodes and Iliana. Despite hating each other in real life, whilst contributing to an anonymous online graphic novel, their online personalities begin to like each other. But will it carry over into real life?
Release Date: May 26th 2020

 

 

 

You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson44651744._SY475_
(f/f romance)

This ownvoices novel by a debut author has definitely caught a lot of people’s eye and for good reason. Blessed with the cutest cover ever, this book follows the story of Liz Lighty whose only goal in life is to get out of Campbell, Indiana and into the elite Pennington College. To do this, Liz must do anything it takes to earn that scholarship, including becoming prom queen. However, she must come up against new girl, Mack who is also in the running. Will Liz choose her dream or the competition?
Release Date: June 2nd 2020

 

 

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Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
(trans MC, m/m romance)

Yadriel, a brujo coming to deals with both his powers and his traditional Latinx family and their struggle to accept his gender, accidentally summons a ghost he cannot seem to get rid of. Not only that, but this particular ghost is that of Julian Diaz, the resident bad boy. When Yadriel agrees to help Julian uncover the secrets behind his cousin’s murder, he soon finds himself more and more unwilling to finally send him back.
Release Date: June 9th 2020

 

 

 

The Falling in Love Montage by Ciara Smyth48118801._SY475_
(f/f romance)

*Forgets what I was going to say because I was staring lovingly at the cover* Ok so this YA contemporary follows Saoirse who does not believe in love at first sight or love in general, especially not whilst struggling to cope with her mother’s dementia. However, at a party one night, she soon finds herself thinking differently when she meets wild-child, Ruby. The two make up a contract allowing them to experience every rom-com cliche within one summer as long as it ends when the contract is done.
Release Date: June 9th 2020

 

 

 

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The State of Us by Shaun David Hutchinson
(demi MC)

So, this book is already being compared to Red, White and Royal Blue despite us having very little information about it. However, I cannot confirm or deny this as I’ve yet to read that book (don’t hurt me!) However, it is has been confirmed by the author on Twitter that Dean, one of two MCs, is in fact demisexual and it is both written on page and ownvoices so this book went straight on my TBR.
Release Date: July 21st 2020

 

 

 

When You Get the Chance by Tom Ryan & Robin Stevenson40216677._SY475_
(not established)

As you can tell, there is not a lot I know about this book in terms of representation. However, with a cover like that and it being marketed as a “super queer, super Canadian, road-trip-to-Toronto-Pride YA novel,” I think it’s safe to say that this book will be full of characters with many different sexualities. I believe the book will switch perspectives between both cousins, Mark and Talia and it will feature a lot of adventure, a lot of love and a few family secrets along the way.
Release Date: 2020

 

 

 

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Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender
(trans MC, m/m romance)

I’m not going to give away much about the story but can we all appreciate that this cover not only features a trans character, but a trans character with top surgery scars. Need I say more? From what I can tell this story also deals with a hate to love m/m romance and I need it now.
Release Date: 2020

 


Part II of this post will hopefully be coming soon so stay tuned!
Lots of Love,
Angharad
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11 thoughts on “2020 LGBTQ+ Releases Part I

  1. I feel like I’m going to add all of these to my TBR. The trouble with upcoming releases is that I read the summaries and want to read these books right now 😂 I’m especially pleased to see lots of female/female romances on here, I feel like I’m always looking for more recs.

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  2. So many of these sound SO GOOD. I’m already excited for Dark and Deepest Red, Spellhacker and When We Were Magic, but so many more of these are going straight on my TBR! The covers of The Henna Wars and Girl, Serpent, Thorn are gorgeous, and I definitely want to get my hands on Cemetery Boys.

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