10 Swoonworthy YA Quotes for Pride Month

Kick off your summer reading during Pride Month with some of the swooniest, most gorgeous, heart-in-your-chest romantic queer YA books! These quotes are just a drop in the ever increasingly diverse ocean of YA romance, so if I missed any of your faves, please share in the comments! Wishing a romantic summer to all of you, whether that means loving another person, yourself, or just the sunshine.

You were the sun, and I was crashing into you. I’d wake up every morning and think, ‘This will end in flames.'”

Carry On, by Rainbow Rowell

“I wondered what that was like, to hold someone’s hand. I bet you could sometimes find all of the mysteries of the universe in someone’s hand.”
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

The first day, I stood in the kitchen leaning against the counter watching Annie feed the cats, and I knew I wanted to be able to do that forever: stand in kitchens watching Annie feed cats. Our kitchens. Our cats.
Annie on My Mind, by Nancy Garden


He talked about the ocean between people. And how the whole point of everything is to find a shore worth swimming to.”
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, by Becky Albertalli

She pulls Felicity to her. Something I cannot name passes between them, and then Pip’s lips are on Fee’s in a deep kiss, as if they feed on one another, their fingers entwined in each other’s hair.”

The Sweet Far Thing, by Libba Bray

We gather the things we learned, and they don’t nearly add up to fill the space of a life.

You will miss the taste of Froot Loops.
You will miss the sound of traffic.
You will miss your back against his.
You will miss him stealing the sheets.
Do not ignore these things.”
 Two Boys Kissing, by David Levithan

She begins to undress and I soak in every curve, every part of her that she sees as a flaw and I see as a revelation.”

If You Could Be Mine, by Sara Farizan

But I think we both knew, even then, that what we had was something even more rare, and even more meaningful. I was going to be his friend, and was going to show him possibilities. And he, in turn, would become someone I could trust more than myself.”

 Boy Meets Boy, by David Levithan

“‘I love you,’ I say to him, only it comes out, ‘Hey.’

‘So damn much,’ he says back, only it comes out, ‘Dude.'”
I’ll Give You the Sun, by Jandy Nelson

When Adam kissed him, it was every mile per hour Ronan had ever gone over the speed limit. It was every window-down, goose-bumps-on-skin, teeth-shattering-cold night drive. It was Adam’s ribs under Ronan’s hands and Adam’s mouth on his mouth, again and again and again. It was stubble on his lips and Ronan having to stop, to get his breath, to restart his heart. They were both hungry animals, but Adam had been starving for far longer.”

The Raven King, by Maggie Stiefvater
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