Just because pride month has come to an end *pouty face* doesn’t mean we suddenly stop being queer! Although, how fun would it be if we all partied together in a secret bunker eleven months out of the year and as soon as June started we came riding in on rainbows and throwing glitter everywhere?
Since we don’t disappear with the setting sun on the last day of pride month, here are seven of my favorite queer characters to help you keep the rainbow reading party going all year long.
Alice from Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann – I’m pretty convinced there isn’t a more perfect character in existence. Alice is adorable, funny, and strong. I just want to be her friend so badly. Read more of my Alice love fest then go read the book!
Emi from Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour – Emi’s confidence is so inspiring. I absolutely love how she knows exactly what she wants and how she’ll do whatever she has to in order to make it happen.
Lou from Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan – If you haven’t read Hot Dog Girl yet then please let my review of this amazing story help you change that. Lou is my number one bisexual icon and I really don’t think that will ever change.
Nate from Deposing Nathan by Zack Smedley – Nate is flawed in so many ways, but he’s also incredibly authentic. I saw so much of myself in him and because of that he’ll always be a part of me. You can read my full review as well as read a great piece the author wrote on profanity in YA.
Hannah from These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling – Something I really admired about Hannah was how she stood up for herself in so many situations, but she still knew the perfect times to put other people first. She is so much stronger than I think she gives herself credit for. I can wait to read more of her story. Read my full review!
Hector from Bloom by Kevin Panetta and Savanna Ganucheau – Aaaaaaah! This entire story is adorable. Hector, though, is really something special. He just seems so content to let life happen and take things as they come while still going after what makes him happy. He’s the softest character I think I’ve ever read and I just want to give him the hugest hug.
Mia from On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden – Mia starts out seeming lost in the world, but by the end she’s found a family and learned so much about who she is. I absolutely love her tenacity and refusal to completely let go of the things she loves.
Tell me who your favorite queer character is or what LGBTQIAP+ book you love in the comments!
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted each week by Jana from That Artsy Reader Girl. Visit her blog to find out what books with bookish characters she wants to read and find other’s lists as well!