Sapphic Sunday: 10 Queer YA Releases to Jump-Start Your Spring TBR

Edit: due to the pandemic, some of these release dates have been pushed back (although in some cases the kindle releases are the same). All books with pushed release dates have an *

Remember when we used to beg for a YA book featuring a queer girl? Remember when Leah on the Offbeat was hailed as the first queer YA books that was widely marketed?

Thankfully, we now have a bunch more representation, and from #ownvoices authors!

I’m so excited to dive into each of these books, although I’m probably going to have to fight hard to get my hands on a couple of them.

These are the queer YA spring releases I’m looking forward to, but I’m sure there are many more that are being released this spring! If you know of any YA spring releases with trans women main characters (specifically #ownvoices books), please let me know. I’d love to read them!


Music From Another World by Robin Talley (March 31)

It’s summer 1977 and closeted lesbian Tammy Larson can’t be herself anywhere. Not at her strict Christian high school, not at her conservative Orange County church and certainly not at home, where her ultrareligious aunt relentlessly organizes antigay political campaigns. Tammy’s only outlet is writing secret letters in her diary to gay civil rights activist Harvey Milk…until she’s matched with a real-life pen pal who changes everything.

Camp Spirit by Axelle Lenoir (April 1)

Summer 1994: with just two months left before college, Elodie is forced by her mother to take a job as a camp counselor. She doesn’t know the first thing about nature, or sports, of kids for that matter, and isn’t especially interested in learning… but now she’s responsible for a foul-mouthed horde of red-headed girls who just might win her over, whether she likes it or not. 

The Queen of Coin and Whispers by Helen Corcoran (June 1st)*

When teenage queen Lia inherits her corrupt uncle’s bankrupt kingdom, she brings a new spymaster into the fold … Xania, who takes the job to avenge her murdered father. Faced with dangerous plots and hidden enemies, can Lia and Xania learn to rely on each another, as they discover that all is not fair in love and treason?

The Mermaid, The Witch and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall (May 5)

Aboard the pirate ship Dove, Flora the girl takes on the identity of Florian the man to earn the respect and protection of the crew. For Flora, former starving urchin, the brutal life of a pirate is about survival: don’t trust, don’t stick out, and don’t feel. But on this voyage, as the pirates prepare to sell their unsuspecting passengers into slavery, Flora is drawn to the Lady Evelyn Hasegawa, who is en route to a dreaded arranged marriage with her own casket in tow. Flora doesn’t expect to be taken under Evelyn’s wing, and Evelyn doesn’t expect to find such a deep bond with the pirate Florian.

The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar (May 12)

When Nishat comes out to her parents, they say she can be anyone she wants—as long as she isn’t herself. Because Muslim girls aren’t lesbians. Nishat doesn’t want to hide who she is, but she also doesn’t want to lose her relationship with her family. And her life only gets harder once a childhood friend walks back into her life. But when a school competition invites students to create their own businesses, both Flávia and Nishat choose to do henna, even though Flávia is appropriating Nishat’s culture.

I Kissed Alice by Anna Birch (July 28)*

Rhodes and Iliana couldn’t be more different, but that’s not why they hate each other. Hyper-gifted artist Rhodes has always excelled at Alabama’s Conservatory of the Arts despite a secret bout of creator’s block, while transfer student Iliana tries to outshine everyone with her intense, competitive work ethic. Since only one of them can get the coveted Capstone scholarship, the competition between them is fierce. They both escape the pressure on a fanfic site where they are unknowingly collaborating on a graphic novel. When the truth comes out, will they destroy each other’s future?

Six Angry Girls by Adrienne Kisner (August 18)*

Raina Petree is crushing her senior year, until her boyfriend dumps her, the drama club (basically) dumps her, the college of her dreams slips away, and her arch-nemesis triumphs. But then, an advice columnist unexpectedly helps Raina find new purpose in a pair of knitting needles and a politically active local yarn store. This leads to an unlikely meeting in the girls’ bathroom, where Raina inspires Millie to start a rival team. The two join together and recruit four other angry girls to not only take on Mock Trial, but to smash the patriarchy in the process.

The Dark Tide by Alicia Jasinska (June 2)

Every year on St. Walpurga’s Eve, Caldella’s Witch Queen lures a boy back to her palace. An innocent life to be sacrificed on the full moon to keep the island city from sinking.  But they draw the queen’s attention, and Thomas is chosen as the sacrifice. When Lina offers herself to the queen in exchange for Thomas’s freedom, the two girls await the full moon together. But Lina is not at all what Eva expected, and the queen is nothing like Lina envisioned. Against their will, they find themselves falling for each other. As water floods Caldella’s streets and the dark tide demands its sacrifice, they must choose who to save: themselves, each other, or the island city relying on them both.

This Is All Your Fault by Aminah Mae Safi (October 13)*

When Rinn, Daniella, and Imogen clock into work at Wild Nights Bookstore on the first day of summer, they’re expecting the hours to drift by the way they always do. Instead, they have to deal with the news that the bookstore is closing. Before the day is out, there’ll be shaved heads, a diva author, and a very large shipment of Air Jordans to contend with. And it will take all three of them working together if they have any chance to save Wild Nights Bookstore.

I’ll Be the One by Lyla Lee (June 16)

Skye Shin has heard it all. Fat girls shouldn’t dance. Wear bright colors. Shouldn’t call attention to themselves. But Skye dreams of joining the glittering world of K-Pop, and to do that, she’s about to break all the rules that society, the media, and even her own mother, have set for girls like her. She’ll challenge thousands of other performers in an internationally televised competition looking for the next K-pop star, and she’ll do it better than anyone else.

What LGBTQIAP+ releases are you looking forward to this spring?

5 thoughts on “Sapphic Sunday: 10 Queer YA Releases to Jump-Start Your Spring TBR

  1. These books all look so amazing! Also, for a spring #ownoices trans woman release, there’s The Subtweet by Vivek Shraya.

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  2. Oh I remember. I’m so glad things are different now and that there isn’t the One F/F Book of the Year that has so much pressure upon it to be perfect. I’m also looking forward to many of these, especially The Dark Tide – anything F/F involving a villain is something I have to try.
    Great list!

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