Caden Bosch is on a ship that’s headed for the deepest point on Earth: Challenger Deep, the southern part of the Marianas Trench. Caden Bosch is a brilliant high school student whose friends are starting to notice his odd behaviour. Caden Bosch is designated the ship’s artist in residence to document the journey with images. Caden Bosch pretends to join the school track team but spends his days walking for miles, absorbed by the thoughts in his head. Caden Bosch is split between his allegiance to the captain and the allure of mutiny. Caden Bosch is torn.
Let me start this post by saying that I’ve read most, if not all, of the books that are typically suggested when someone looks for Young Adult LGBTQ+ novels. I’ve read them and I’ve liked them, so this is absolutely not a criticism of these novels.
But let us be honest for a while. I feel like every time I’m looking for some new LGBTQ+ stories, the same old ones appear. Aristotle and Dante. Simon and the Homo sapiens Agenda. More Happy Than Not. Carry On. These are all incredible novels, and if you haven’t read them yet, I can only recommend you do it now! However, I love hearing about the not so well-known novels, those that don’t have the same number of reviews as, say, Carry On has on Goodreads.
So there it is – a gift to myself and every other reader who’s looking for representation: a list of five not-so-famous LGBTQ+ YA novels. Some of these I’ve read; some are on my ”read it as soon as possible” list (it’s quit a long list, unfortunately). Feel free to drop more in the comments; I’ll add them on the list and credit you for it!