There are so many great stories headed our way in the next few weeks—seriously, it’s an embarrassment of riches! From high school politics to new adult collegiate angst, to far-away fantasy lands to rugged post-apocalyptic landscapes, you are sure to find something you’ll love in this list of upcoming gay YA spring releases.
All That’s Left in the World by Erik J. Brown (Mar 8)
When Andrew and Jamie meet, they decide to navigate the hostile post-apocalyptic landscape together. The road ahead of them is long, and to survive they’ll have to rid themselves of secrets, face the consequences of their actions, and find the courage to fight for the future they want in this queer YA adventure romance from debut author Erik J. Brown.
And They Lived… by Steven Salvatore (Mar 8)
College freshman Chase faces several challenges, the least of which is whether he can pull together his short film for the animation showcase. When he meets Jack, Chase drops everything for the pragmatic poet, who is still discovering his sexual identity. If Chase is going to make it through his first semester, he’ll have to learn to love, and be enough for, himself—while discovering what it means to truly live.
Right Where I left You by Julian Winters (Mar 15)
Before heading off to college, Isaac plans an epic summer with his best friend, Diego. This includes snagging tickets for a huge comic convention and attend his first ever Teen Pride, though an unexpected run-in with Davi—his old crush—throws a wrench into their perfect summer plans. As Isaac struggles to make it up to Diego, things with Davi heat up, putting their friendship on thin ice. Isaac assumes Diego’s upset about missing the convention, but could he have other reasons for avoiding Isaac?
Kiss and Tell by Adib Khorram (Mar 22)
Hunter is the only gay member of the band Kiss & Tell, and everyone expects him to play the perfect queer role model for teens… though Hunter isn’t really sure what being the perfect queer kid even means. When the record label finds out about Hunter and Kaivan, the drummer for the band opening for K&T, it spells trouble—for their relationship, for the perfect gay boy Hunter plays for the cameras, and most importantly, for himself.
Survive the Dome by Kosoko Jackson (Mar 29)
Jamal, an aspiring journalist, packs up his camera and heads to Baltimore to document a rally protesting police brutality. But the city implements a new safety protocol. The Dome. No one can get in, and no one can get out. Jamal doesn’t know where to turn… until he meets hacker Marco, who knows more than he lets on, and Catherine, whose parents helped build the initial plans for the Dome. The city is corrupt from the inside out, and it’s going to take everything they have to survive.
So This is Ever After by F.T. Lukens (Mar 29)
After saving the Kingdom of Ere from its evil ruler, Arek is stuck as king—a role that comes with a magical catch: choose a spouse by your eighteenth birthday… or die. With his birthday just three months away, Arek embarks on a desperate bid to find a spouse to save his life—starting with his former quest companions. As his attempts at wooing his friends go painfully and hilariously wrong, he discovers that love might have been in front of him all along.
Blaine For the Win by Robbie Couch (Apr 12)
High school junior Blaine Bowers has it all—the perfect boyfriend, a loving family, and awesome, talented friends. Except that the aforementioned perfect boyfriend breaks up with him—on their one-year anniversary. According to Joey, Blaine is too flighty, too… unserious. Determined to prove that he can be exactly what Joey wants, Blaine decides to run for student council president. But is he willing to sacrifice everything he loves about himself to do it?
Howl by Shaun David Hutchinson (Apr 19)
When Virgil is attacked by a monster, no one in town believes him. It could’ve been anything—definitely not some mysterious beast. Being the new kid in a place where everybody knows everybody is hard enough without being the guy who’s afraid of monsters, so Virgil keeps a low profile. Except he knows it’s still out there. And if he isn’t careful, the monster will come back to finish him off—or worse, Virgil will become one himself.
Every Word You Never Said by Jordon Greene (Apr 26)
Jacob expected the hate he got from his father when he came out over the summer, but he refuses to let it hold him back. He’s going to paint his nails, dye his hair, and strike a heavy rift on his guitar, even if it means being grounded most of senior year. But when the cute nonverbal transfer student, Skylar, wears a skirt to school, prompting a sexist new dress code proposal, Jacob decides it’s time to take a stand—no matter the risk to himself.
About the Authors:
Jeff Adams & Will Knauss are husbands, authors of m/m romance and podcasters. Big Gay Fiction Podcast, their weekly show, is part of the Frolic Podcast Network. You can learn more about them at BigGayFictionPodcast.com, jeffadamswrites.com and willknauss.com
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