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.'”
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“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.”
“We gather the things we learned, and they don’t nearly add up to fill the space of a life.
“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.”
“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.”
“‘I love you,’ I say to him, only it comes out, ‘Hey.’
“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.”