The best young adult books about queer people of color

Who am I?

I am Sonora Reyes, author of The Lesbiana's Guide to Catholic School. As a queer Mexican-American, I’ve only ever written (and probably only ever will) write stories about queer characters of color like myself. Growing up, I never had access to books that represented people like me, and it fills me with so much joy to see all the representation that exists today. I write for the queer kids of color who desperately need to see themselves in fiction. I write for my teenage self. For the kids who think they’re alone. For the kids who want to see joy in their own stories. And, most importantly, for myself, as I am today.

I wrote...

The Lesbiana's Guide to Catholic School

By Sonora Reyes,

Book cover of The Lesbiana's Guide to Catholic School

What is my book about?

After getting outed by her crush and ex-best friend, Yamilet Flores follows her brother to a new Catholic high school, where she goes back into the closet. Here, she has new priorities: make her mom proud, keep her brother out of trouble, and, most importantly, don’t fall in love.

The books I picked & why

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Cemetery Boys

By Aiden Thomas,

Book cover of Cemetery Boys

Why this book?

This book was such a fun escapist read for me. I laughed out loud while reading on multiple occasions, in public! I especially loved the characters and relationship dynamics in this book. From Yadriel to Maritza, to Julian, each character felt fully fleshed out and real. If you like paranormal romance, mystery, or lovable himbos, this book is definitely for you!

Meet Cute Diary

By Emery Lee,

Book cover of Meet Cute Diary

Why this book?

I may be biased about this book because I happened to read it during a really dark time in my life. It was exactly what I needed to get me back on my feet and lighten my mood. I loved being able to escape into Noah’s messy and hilarious love story and forget about the world around me. 10/10 I highly recommend this book!

Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun

By Jonny Garza Villa,

Book cover of Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun

Why this book?

Not only is Fifteen Hundred Miles From the Sun a swoony love story about a long-distance relationship, but it is also a coming of age story with a strong found family. The premise of the book says it all to me. I mean, a gay teenage boy getting drunk and accidentally coming out on Twitter? Then his Twitter crush slides into his DMs? Sold.

The Sound of Stars

By Alechia Dow,

Book cover of The Sound of Stars

Why this book?

The Sound of Stars is one of my all-time favorite books! I love the romance, the action, characters, and really just everything about this book. This was also the first book I ever read that had demi-sexual representation, and seeing that experience represented so beautifully made me so incredibly happy. The alien love interest, M0Rr1S (Morris) is one of the sweetest and most lovable characters I’ve ever read!

Don't Date Rosa Santos

By Nina Moreno,

Book cover of Don't Date Rosa Santos

Why this book?

Don’t Date Rosa Santos is one of the only books I’ve ever been able to read more than once (I’ve read it three times!). It made me laugh and cry and hug the book to my chest. I still am not over this book, and may never be! It’s my all-time favorite comfort read. 

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