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25 LGBTQ+ Books That Will Fill the Heartstopper -Shaped Hole in Your Heart

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Following the massive success of Heartstopper on Netflix—don’t worry, seasons 2 and 3 are already in the works—you may be looking for more ways to infuse your brain with LGBTQ+ books with love stories that don’t end in unspeakable tragedy. Thankfully, between BookTok and the massive success of Red, White & Royal Blue in 2019, there has been a sharp rise in queer literature—and gay love stories in particular—to squeeze onto your bookshelves.

Whatever your favorite romantic books trope may be—from enemies-to-lovers stories to fake dating mishaps to “omg, they were roommates!” high jinks—the options are limitless. And the best part? More and more of these stories are being told by a diverse range of queer authors than ever before. Writers of all races, sexualities, and genders are making space on the romance shelf, from first-time gay authors just finding their voices with new books to career veterans with a stack of novels to their name.

So what are you waiting for? It’s going to be a minute before Charlie Spring (Joe Locke), Nick Nelson (Kit Connor), Tara Jones (Corrina Brown), Darcy Olsson (Kizzy Edgell), and Elle Argent (Yasmin Finney) return to our screens, so you might want to start reading some of these queer books. (And when you’re done, you can check out these LGBTQ+ movies.)

Here are 25 LGBTQ+ books that will make the wait much less painful.

Heartstopper, Volumes 1–4, by Alice Oseman

Looking for a sneak peek at what’s to come for Nick & Charlie or Elle & Tao? Why not check out the graphic novels that the popular Netflix series is based on. You definitely won’t be disappointed.

“Heartstopper,” Volumes 1–4, by Alice Oseman

$149.99.00, Amazon

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

What’s there to say about this royal love story that hasn’t already been said? This is the quintessential enemies-to-lovers saga with a royal twist and one of the best books to read when you’re in the mood for something light and fun. When POTUS’s son Alex is sent to the U.K. to stage a truce with his tabloid rival, he finds his pretend friendship with Prince Henry is causing some very real feelings.

“Red, White & Royal Blue” by Casey McQuiston

$9.97.00, Amazon

One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

Let’s throw in McQuiston’s sapphic romance One Last Stop while we’re at it. Her sophomore venture delves into sci-fi territory when main character August moves to New York City, as cynical 23-year-old bisexuals are wont to do. Unfortunately (or exactly the opposite of that), August finds it hard to remain pessimistic about love when she meets Jane on the NYC subway. However, things get complicated when August discovers that Jane is not just some cool punk chick—she’s actually from the actual 1970s.

One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

$10.25.00, Amazon

The Charm Offensive by Alison Cochrun

What if the best producer on The Bachelor fell in love with, well, the Bachelor. That’s what happens in The Charm Offensive when Dev Deshpande finds himself falling for Charlie Winshaw, a disgraced tech genius and the current star of the reality dating show Ever After.

“The Charm Offensive” by Alison Cochrun

$13.04.00, Amazon

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

Yadriel, a trans boy struggling to gain the approval of his traditional Latinx family, gets it in his head that he can “prove himself a real brujo” by summoning the ghost of his cousin and helping him pass on. However, he accidentally unleashes the wrong murder victim, and Julian Diaz has no interest in leaving the mortal plane until he finds out what happened to him.

“Cemetery Boys” by Aiden Thomas

$14.73.00, Amazon

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

When Felix, a Black trans scholarship student, begins receiving transphobic messages, he comes up with the “perfect” plan for revenge. Feeling confident he knows who shared his deadname and pretransition photos in his high school lobby, Felix makes a fake Instagram to catfish the culprit. Things only get more heart-wrenching and messy from there.

“Felix Ever After” by Kacen Callender

$12.69.00, Amazon

The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar

Culture, family, and romance all clash when Nishat realizes she has more than friendly feelings for her childhood pal Flávia. And if Nishat’s family weren’t enough to keep them apart, there’s also the fact that the two women are competing to see who’s the better henna artist for a school project.

“The Henna Wars” by Adiba Jaigirdar

$16.52.00, Amazon

Love & Other Disasters by Anita Kelly

A recipe for romance. On a popular cooking show, a nonbinary contestant, London, is focused on representing their community but also falls for another competitor, Dahlia, who is cis. As for Dahlia, her life is far from simple: Divorced and broke, she’s barely able to gracefully plate her dishes, let alone start a relationship. But just like the stomach, the heart wants what it wants.

“Love & Other Disasters” by Anita Kelly

$13.99.00, Amazon

Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall

Celeb spawn have problems too! Luc is the son of a British rock star with his own share of publicity problems, so he decides to fake a relationship with the clean-cut good boy Oliver. But when a P.R. stunt leads to real chemistry, not even the tabloids can predict what will happen next.

“Boyfriend Material” by Alexis Hall

$11.00, Amazon

Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers

After high-achieving PhD graduate Grace impulsively marries a beautiful artist named Yuki during a drunken Vegas bender, she decides to spend the summer in New York City figuring out the relationship…and avoiding her past. But you can only run for so long before the facts catch up with you—and your marriage.

“Honey Girl” by Morgan Rogers

$11.55.00, Amazon

Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert

Pansexual Danika is looking for a friend with benefits, so when Zafir takes a page from The Bodyguard and heroically rescues her, she’s happy to fake date him in public as long as they can sleep together behind the scenes. But IIIIIII--eeIIIII bet you can guess where this is going.

“Take a Hint, Dani Brown” by Talia Hibbert

$11.8.00, Amazon

I’m So (Not) Over You by Kosoko Jackson

Exes Kian and Hudson reunite to fake a relationship for Hudson’s parents…which leads to an invite to a wedding and a chance to make Kian’s professional dreams come true. As the line between real and fake gets blurrier, these two realize maybe the thing they were faking all along was the breakup.

“I’m So (Not) Over You” by Kosoko Jackson

$12.99.00, Amazon

Bruised by Tanya Boteju

The queer roller derby scene might not technically count as therapy, but it’s where Daya finds the connection and release she’s been avoiding ever since she survived the car crash that claimed her parents’ lives. There’s no room for guilt on the track, and love just might heal what hurts her.

“Bruised” by Tanya Boteju

$15.66.00, Amazon

Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann

Alice, a Black, biromantic asexual, can’t deny her feelings for new coworker Takumi, but after what happened to her last relationship, she isn’t so sure jumping into another one is a good idea. But even if Takumi doesn’t get her, it certainly seems like he gets her…

“Let’s Talk About Love” by Claire Kann

$16.73.00, Amazon

Stay Gold by Tobly McSmith

In this debut bildungsroman, a trans teen starts over at a new high school where no one knows he’s not cis. There, a cis girl finds herself attracted to him, and as the two grow closer, they learn more than any classroom could teach them.

“Stay Gold” by Tobly McSmith

$9.99.00, Amazon

Catch and Cradle by Katia Rose

Becca and Hope are the stars of their school lacrosse team and have been into each other for ages. But dating a teammate would be too hard, so they mostly ignored their feelings. Until now. Things are getting way too intense to keep it professional, and their romance will change the team forever.

“Catch and Cradle” by Katia Rose

$13.95.00, Amazon

Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales

Using an empty school locker, bisexual Darcy is the anonymous expert behind a relationship-advice service, and no one knows her secret except the annoying Alexander, who blackmails her into helping him win his ex back. Meanwhile, Darcy is harboring secret feelings about her best friend Brooke, feelings that might get in the way of her deal with Alexander.

“Perfect on Paper” by Sophie Gonzales

$12.6.00, Amazon

You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

Liz hates high school. Liz needs money for college. Liz can get money for college by winning prom queen, which will be hard, because she hates high school. But then there’s the new girl in school, Mack, who is also running for queen but may end up winning Liz’s heart instead.

“You Should See Me in a Crown” by Leah Johnson

$11.06.00, Amazon

How to Find a Princess by Alyssa Cole

Queer Black Anastasia, and so steamy! The long-lost princess of a faraway nation is finally tracked down by a no-nonsense investigator, and sparks fly between the two women. On their journey back to the motherland, they end up sharing a bed and faking a marriage. We love when these classic romance tropes show up in gay books for a reason!

“How to Find a Princess” by Alyssa Cole

$7.99.00, Amazon

Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo

Today, San Francisco is one of the most gay-friendly cities on the planet. But in 1954 lesbian relationships were almost all secret, and teenager Lily Hu is struggling to figure out if they even exist. An immigrant story set in Chinatown, this is a tender and meditative historical fiction novel.

“Last Night at the Telegraph Club” by Malinda Lo

$11.99.00, Amazon

Satisfaction Guaranteed by Karelia Stetz-Waters

Cade Elgin is a career-minded woman without much by way of a personal life when she inherits a sex-toy shop run by the impossibly hot Selena. Selena’s trying to play the career game too, and for good reason: the store is on the line. But their mutual attraction is undeniable, especially given the setting, in this raunchy comedy.

“Satisfaction Guaranteed” by Karelia Stetz-Waters

$13.49.00, Amazon

Meet Cute Diary by Emery Lee

Trans teen Noah runs a popular, successful blog about trans happily-ever-afters, full of fake stories that he tells people are real. To create some proof, Noah fake-dates another boy, Drew, and starts to fall for him for real. After spending so much time in the world of fictional romance, Noah finds out the real thing isn’t quite what he expected.

“Meet Cute Diary” by Emery Lee

$13.69.00, Amazon

Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur

Darcy and Elle share one not-so-great date, set up by Darcy’s brother. To get him off her back, Darcy tells him it was a smashing success. Elle agrees to fake the relationship for a bit, but opposites soon attract in this rom-com based on elements of Pride and Prejudice.

“Written in the Stars” by Alexandria Bellefleur

$13.24.00, Amazon

Change of Heart by Clare Lydon

Erin brings a fake date to her parents’ place in the Scottish Highlands—the sexy actress Steph. But just as the family drama boils over, so too does the tension between the two women in this charming comedy.

“Change of Heart” by Clare Lydon

$14.99.00, Amazon

Delilah Green Doesn’t Care by Ashley Herring Blake

A frothy comedy set at a wedding, where the bride’s artsy, committment-phobe step-sister Delilah plots to seduce her single-mom best friend Claire. The seating arrangements may have to be altered!

“Delilah Green Doesn’t Care” by Ashley Herring Blake

$13.99.00, Amazon

Originally Appeared on Glamour