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More Happy Than Not
by Adam Silvera

In the months after his father's suicide, it's been tough for sixteen-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again—but he's still gunning for it. When Aaron meets this new guy, Thomas, Aaron's girlfriend Genevieve notices the happiness Thomas brings Aaron. Aaron considers turning to the Leteo Institute's revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to literally straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting himself.

romance science fiction 304 pages

More Happy Than Not
by Adam Silvera

In the months after his father's suicide, it's been tough for sixteen-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again—but he's still gunning for it. When Aaron meets this new guy, Thomas, Aaron's girlfriend Genevieve notices the happiness Thomas brings Aaron. Aaron considers turning to the Leteo Institute's revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to literally straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting himself.

304 pages romance science fiction 304 pages

Lies We Tell Ourselves
by Robin Talley

Set in 1959 Virginia, Sarah Dunbar is one of the first black students to attend the previously all-white Jefferson High School. An honors student at her old school, she is put into remedial classes despite her obvious talent. Linda Hairston is the daughter of one of the town's most vocal opponents of school integration. She has been taught all her life that the races should be kept "separate but equal." Forced to work together on a school project, Sarah and Linda must confront harsh truths about race, power and the fact that they may be falling for one another.

416 pages non-white non-straight cis female MoreScore: 5 virgina school integration racism

Lies We Tell Ourselves
by Robin Talley

Set in 1959 Virginia, Sarah Dunbar is one of the first black students to attend the previously all-white Jefferson High School. An honors student at her old school, she is put into remedial classes despite her obvious talent. Linda Hairston is the daughter of one of the town's most vocal opponents of school integration. She has been taught all her life that the races should be kept "separate but equal." Forced to work together on a school project, Sarah and Linda must confront harsh truths about race, power and the fact that they may be falling for one another.

416 pages non-white non-straight cis female virgina school integration racism

When the Moon Was Ours
by Anna M. McLemore

To everyone who knows them, best friends Miel and Sam are as strange as they are inseparable. Roses grow out of Miel’s wrist, and rumors say that she spilled out of a water tower when she was five. Sam is known for the moons he paints and hangs in the trees and for how little anyone knows about his life before he and his mother moved to town.

288 pages non-white non-straight trans male MoreScore: 5 family

When the Moon Was Ours
by Anna M. McLemore

To everyone who knows them, best friends Miel and Sam are as strange as they are inseparable. Roses grow out of Miel’s wrist, and rumors say that she spilled out of a water tower when she was five. Sam is known for the moons he paints and hangs in the trees and for how little anyone knows about his life before he and his mother moved to town.

288 pages non-white non-straight trans male family

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

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

368 pages non-white non-straight cis male MoreScore: 4 mexican-american homosexuality families

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

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

368 pages non-white non-straight cis male mexican-american homosexuality families

Americanah
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time.

496 pages non-white straight cis female MoreScore: 3 nigeria england refugee

Americanah
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time.

496 pages non-white straight cis female nigeria england refugee

Boy Meets Boy
by David Levithan

In a high school where the homecoming queen is the star quarterback who has transitioned and is now known as Infinite Darlene and the gay-straight alliance helps the straight kids learn how to dance, Paul meets Noah. Paul thinks he’s found the one his heart is made for. Until he blows it. This is a happy-meaningful romantic comedy about finding love, losing love, and doing what it takes to get love back in a crazy-wonderful world.

240 pages undisclosed non-straight cis male MoreScore: 3 high school homosexuality positivity

Boy Meets Boy
by David Levithan

In a high school where the homecoming queen is the star quarterback who has transitioned and is now known as Infinite Darlene and the gay-straight alliance helps the straight kids learn how to dance, Paul meets Noah. Paul thinks he’s found the one his heart is made for. Until he blows it. This is a happy-meaningful romantic comedy about finding love, losing love, and doing what it takes to get love back in a crazy-wonderful world.

240 pages undisclosed non-straight cis male high school homosexuality positivity

Butterfly Swords
by Jeannie Lin

During the Tang dynasty, Princess Ai Li flees before her wedding and travels far from home, with only her delicate butterfly swords for defense.

288 pages non-white straight cis female MoreScore: 3 china princess martial arts

Butterfly Swords
by Jeannie Lin

During the Tang dynasty, Princess Ai Li flees before her wedding and travels far from home, with only her delicate butterfly swords for defense.

288 pages non-white straight cis female china princess martial arts

I Believe in a Thing Called Love
by Maurene Goo

Desi Lee believes anything is possible if you have a plan. That's how she became student body president. Varsity soccer star. And it's how she'll get into Stanford. But she's never had a boyfriend. In fact, she's a disaster at romance, a clumsy, stammering humiliation magnet whose botched attempts at flirting have become legendary with her friends. To win the heart of her love, she turn to Korean soap operas. It's a simple formula, and Desi is a quick study. Until the boat rescues, love triangles, and staged car crashes ensue.

336 pages non-white straight cis female MoreScore: 3 korean-american

I Believe in a Thing Called Love
by Maurene Goo

Desi Lee believes anything is possible if you have a plan. That's how she became student body president. Varsity soccer star. And it's how she'll get into Stanford. But she's never had a boyfriend. In fact, she's a disaster at romance, a clumsy, stammering humiliation magnet whose botched attempts at flirting have become legendary with her friends. To win the heart of her love, she turn to Korean soap operas. It's a simple formula, and Desi is a quick study. Until the boat rescues, love triangles, and staged car crashes ensue.

336 pages non-white straight cis female korean-american

Simon vs the Homosapien Agenda
by Becky Albertalli

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he's pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he's never met.

336 pages undisclosed non-straight cis male MoreScore: 3 coming out homosexuality theater

Simon vs the Homosapien Agenda
by Becky Albertalli

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he's pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he's never met.

336 pages undisclosed non-straight cis male coming out homosexuality theater

The Sun Is Also A Star
by Nicola Yoon

I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

384 pages non-white straight cis female MoreScore: 3 korean-americans jamaican-americans immigration

The Sun Is Also A Star
by Nicola Yoon

I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

384 pages non-white straight cis female korean-americans jamaican-americans immigration

When Dimple Met Rishi
by Sandhya Menon

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

320 pages non-white straight cis female MoreScore: 3 indian-american

When Dimple Met Rishi
by Sandhya Menon

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

320 pages non-white straight cis female indian-american

Breathing Lessons
by Andy Sinclair

Breathing Lessons is the story of Henry Moss, a homosexual everyman whose life knows none of the limitations or abuses his predecessors experienced. He's had supportive family and friends, he's well-liked by the athletes who train with him, trusted in his professional life, parties whenever he pleases, but as he gets older and, increasingly, the men he sleeps with are married, Henry finds that his mother may have been right.

180 pages white non-straight cis male MoreScore: 2 toronto homosexuality hedonism

Breathing Lessons
by Andy Sinclair

Breathing Lessons is the story of Henry Moss, a homosexual everyman whose life knows none of the limitations or abuses his predecessors experienced. He's had supportive family and friends, he's well-liked by the athletes who train with him, trusted in his professional life, parties whenever he pleases, but as he gets older and, increasingly, the men he sleeps with are married, Henry finds that his mother may have been right.

180 pages white non-straight cis male toronto homosexuality hedonism

How to Say Goodbye in Robot
by Natalie Standiford

A touching story of two friends navigating the dark waters of their senior year. New to town, Beatrice is expecting her new best friend to be one of the girls she meets on the first day. But instead, the alphabet conspires to seat her next to Jonah, aka Ghost Boy, a quiet loner who hasn't made a new friend since third grade. Something about him, though, gets to Bea, and soon they form an unexpected friendship. It's not romance, exactly - but it's definitely love.

288 pages white undisclosed cis female MoreScore: 2 death family

How to Say Goodbye in Robot
by Natalie Standiford

A touching story of two friends navigating the dark waters of their senior year. New to town, Beatrice is expecting her new best friend to be one of the girls she meets on the first day. But instead, the alphabet conspires to seat her next to Jonah, aka Ghost Boy, a quiet loner who hasn't made a new friend since third grade. Something about him, though, gets to Bea, and soon they form an unexpected friendship. It's not romance, exactly - but it's definitely love.

288 pages white undisclosed cis female death family

Kushiel's Avatar
by Jacqueline Cary

Sequel to Kushiel's Chosen. Phèdre has been enjoying a quiet life until a prophetic dream calls upon her to serve her gods one last time. All of Phèdre’s journeys have led here, to the grandest of conclusions in an epic tale of fantasy, adventure, and, above all, love.

704 pages undisclosed straight cis female MoreScore: 2 women slavery spies

Kushiel's Avatar
by Jacqueline Cary

Sequel to Kushiel's Chosen. Phèdre has been enjoying a quiet life until a prophetic dream calls upon her to serve her gods one last time. All of Phèdre’s journeys have led here, to the grandest of conclusions in an epic tale of fantasy, adventure, and, above all, love.

704 pages undisclosed straight cis female women slavery spies

Kushiel's Chosen
by Jacqueline Cary

Sequel to Kushiel's Dart. Phèdre nó Delaunay is a young woman who was born with a scarlet mote in her left eye. The hands of the gods weigh heavily upon Phèdre's brow, and they are not yet done with their charge--for while the young queen who sits upon the throne is well loved by the people, there are those who believe that other heads should wear the crown. And those who escaped the wrath of the mighty are not yet done with their schemes for power and revenge.

704 pages undisclosed straight cis female MoreScore: 2 women slavery spies

Kushiel's Chosen
by Jacqueline Cary

Sequel to Kushiel's Dart. Phèdre nó Delaunay is a young woman who was born with a scarlet mote in her left eye. The hands of the gods weigh heavily upon Phèdre's brow, and they are not yet done with their charge--for while the young queen who sits upon the throne is well loved by the people, there are those who believe that other heads should wear the crown. And those who escaped the wrath of the mighty are not yet done with their schemes for power and revenge.

704 pages undisclosed straight cis female women slavery spies

Kushiel's Dart
by Jacqueline Cary

In a nation born of angels, vast and intricate and surrounded by danger, a woman, born to servitude, is unknowingly given access to the secrets of the realm. Phédre nó Delaunay undertakes a journey to the barbarous northland of Skaldia, accompanied only by a disdainful young warrior-priest she makes a harrowing escape and an even more harrowing journey to return to her people and deliver a warning of the impending invasion.

704 pages undisclosed straight cis female MoreScore: 2 women slavery spies

Kushiel's Dart
by Jacqueline Cary

In a nation born of angels, vast and intricate and surrounded by danger, a woman, born to servitude, is unknowingly given access to the secrets of the realm. Phédre nó Delaunay undertakes a journey to the barbarous northland of Skaldia, accompanied only by a disdainful young warrior-priest she makes a harrowing escape and an even more harrowing journey to return to her people and deliver a warning of the impending invasion.

704 pages undisclosed straight cis female women slavery spies

Song of Achilles
by Madeline Miller

A tale of gods, kings, immortal fame, and the human heart, The Song of Achilles is a dazzling literary feat that brilliantly reimagines Homer’s enduring masterwork, The Iliad. An action-packed adventure, an epic love story, a marvelously conceived and executed page-turner.

416 pages white non-straight cis male MoreScore: 2 greece trojan war homosexuality

Song of Achilles
by Madeline Miller

A tale of gods, kings, immortal fame, and the human heart, The Song of Achilles is a dazzling literary feat that brilliantly reimagines Homer’s enduring masterwork, The Iliad. An action-packed adventure, an epic love story, a marvelously conceived and executed page-turner.

416 pages white non-straight cis male greece trojan war homosexuality

Two Boys Kissing
by David Levithan

Harry and Craig are two seventeen-year-olds who are about to take part in a 32-hour marathon of kissing to set a new Guinness World Record. While the two increasingly dehydrated and sleep-deprived boys are locking lips, they become a focal point in the lives of other teens dealing with universal questions of love, identity, and belonging.

208 pages white non-straight cis male MoreScore: 2 homosexuality

Two Boys Kissing
by David Levithan

Harry and Craig are two seventeen-year-olds who are about to take part in a 32-hour marathon of kissing to set a new Guinness World Record. While the two increasingly dehydrated and sleep-deprived boys are locking lips, they become a focal point in the lives of other teens dealing with universal questions of love, identity, and belonging.

208 pages white non-straight cis male homosexuality

The Gift of the Magi
by O. Henry

A parable of poverty, love, and irony. It's so hard to buy a good gift.

735 pages white straight cis female MoreScore: 1 poverty irony

The Gift of the Magi
by O. Henry

A parable of poverty, love, and irony. It's so hard to buy a good gift.

735 pages white straight cis female poverty irony

Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen

When Elizabeth Bennet first meets eligible bachelor Fitzwilliam Darcy, she thinks him arrogant and conceited; he is indifferent to her good looks and lively mind. When she later discovers that Darcy has involved himself in the troubled relationship between his friend Bingley and her beloved sister Jane, she is determined to dislike him more than ever.

416 pages white straight cis female MoreScore: 1 england sisters feminism

Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen

When Elizabeth Bennet first meets eligible bachelor Fitzwilliam Darcy, she thinks him arrogant and conceited; he is indifferent to her good looks and lively mind. When she later discovers that Darcy has involved himself in the troubled relationship between his friend Bingley and her beloved sister Jane, she is determined to dislike him more than ever.

416 pages white straight cis female england sisters feminism

Tess of the D'Urbervilles
by Thomas Hardy

Tess of the d'Urbervilles is part of a poor family of farmers in the English country side. She has to naviate the coming of automation, explotative noblility, and their impact on her family while trying to assert her own sexual and economic independence.

595 pages white straight cis female MoreScore: 1 england governesses rape

Tess of the D'Urbervilles
by Thomas Hardy

Tess of the d'Urbervilles is part of a poor family of farmers in the English country side. She has to naviate the coming of automation, explotative noblility, and their impact on her family while trying to assert her own sexual and economic independence.

595 pages white straight cis female england governesses rape

A Thousand Pieces of You
by Claudia Gray

Cloud Atlas meets Orphan Black in this epic dimension-bending trilogy about a girl who must chase her father's killer through multiple dimensions.

384 pages white straight cis female MoreScore: 1 space and time families murder

A Thousand Pieces of You
by Claudia Gray

Cloud Atlas meets Orphan Black in this epic dimension-bending trilogy about a girl who must chase her father's killer through multiple dimensions.

384 pages white straight cis female space and time families murder

A Farewell to Arms
by Ernest Hemingway

A Farewell to Arms tells the story of an American ambulance driver on the Italian front and his passion for a beautiful English nurse. Set against the looming horrors of the battlefield-weary, demoralized men marching in the rain during the German attack on Caporetto; the profound struggle between loyalty and desertion-this gripping, semi-autobiographical work captures the harsh realities of war and the pain of lovers caught in its inexorable sweep.

338 pages white straight cis male MoreScore: 0 world war I

A Farewell to Arms
by Ernest Hemingway

A Farewell to Arms tells the story of an American ambulance driver on the Italian front and his passion for a beautiful English nurse. Set against the looming horrors of the battlefield-weary, demoralized men marching in the rain during the German attack on Caporetto; the profound struggle between loyalty and desertion-this gripping, semi-autobiographical work captures the harsh realities of war and the pain of lovers caught in its inexorable sweep.

338 pages white straight cis male world war I

The Great Gatsby
by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The 1920's story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession.

165 pages white straight cis male MoreScore: 0 revenge wealth women

The Great Gatsby
by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The 1920's story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession.

165 pages white straight cis male revenge wealth women

The Importance of Being Earnest
by Oscar Wilde

Hilarious satire of Victorian social mores and clever critique of the conventions of love and marriage. Two gentlemen adopt fictitious identities in order to woo the objects of their affections. One must be both "earnest" and "Ernest" to win love over.

64 pages white straight cis male MoreScore: 0 england courtship

The Importance of Being Earnest
by Oscar Wilde

Hilarious satire of Victorian social mores and clever critique of the conventions of love and marriage. Two gentlemen adopt fictitious identities in order to woo the objects of their affections. One must be both "earnest" and "Ernest" to win love over.

64 pages white straight cis male england courtship