More LGBTQ Teen Romance for Those Who Love LOVE, SIMON

We all deserve a good romcom. Luckily, Love, Simon, the hotly anticipated movie based on Becky Albertalli’s well-loved YA novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, is now in theaters. The film’s marketing went all-in on the coming out angle, as Simon is the first big teen romcom with a gay lead, but front-and-center queerness isn’t the book’s only selling point: Simon’s strength also lies in its exploration of identity and friendship, as well as the complexity of theater kid Simon’s decision to come out.

If you need a post-movie fix, these books, linked to their Booklist reviews when available, will give you Simon-esque feels. I’d like to think Simon would love them almost as much as he loves Oreos.

 

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Aristotle and Dante, both loners in their own way, learn to navigate their places in the wider world together. This is basically a YA classic at this point, so if you haven’t read it, get on it.

 

At the Edge of the Universe, by Shaun David Hutchinson

Ozzie loves his best friend and boyfriend, Tommy—so why does no one else, even Tommy’s mother, know he exists? And why is the universe shrinking?

 

Leah on the Offbeat, by Becky Albertalli

The sequel to Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda drops April 24. Rejoining Simon’s group of friends, this go-round follows Leah’s journey.

 

Let’s Talk About Love, by Claire Kann

Alice is busy dodging her mother’s calls and living with her childhood besties. She certainly doesn’t have time for the cute new guy at the library, especially since her girlfriend just dumped Alice for being asexual.

 

One Man Guy, by Michael Barakiva

Alek’s summer is not off to a good start: his strict Armenian parents have announced he will be attending summer school. Then he meets Ethan.

 

The Rest of Us Just Live Here, by Patrick Ness

If the Buffy episode “The Zeppo” had a book baby, this would be it. This funny, moving teen novel explores friendship and what it means to be ordinary in an extraordinary world.

 

Star-Crossed, by Barbara Dee

For those whose favorite part of Simon vs. the Homo Sapien Agenda was the play rehearsals. Mattie is cast as Romeo in the school play, only to find herself  growing closer and closer to her Juliet.

 

Two Boys Kissing, by David Levithan

Levithan’s beautiful novel follows young gay men at all different relationship stages, encouraged by a Greek Chorus of men who lost their lives to AIDS.

 

 

 

 

 

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Melody’s love of words has taken her on a variety of adventures, beyond the adventures on the page, including librarian, bookseller, literary intern, dramaturg, and script reader. Reading hundreds of books a year, she's constantly seeking that next literary fix.

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