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5 Queer Books to Read at the Beach This Summer

Summer is here, and a hot and queer beach read is on the schedule. We rounded up our favorite LGBTQ+ books about romance, fantasy, and most importantly, queer joy.



“Ace of Spades” by Faridah Abike-Iyimide


This insanely good YA thriller has been pitched as a "Gossip Girl" meets "Get Out." If you love compelling thrillers that reflect the real world and can shock you with insanely good plot twists, then Faridah's novel has to be your next read.


"Ace of Spades" follows Devon Richards and Chiamaka Adebayo, two students at an elite private school get roped into a dangerous game that involves lies, secrets, and the search for the truth. Plus, we love a book that celebrates queer Black characters.




"Golden Boys" by Phil Stamper


In our opinion, queer friendships are not written about as often as they should. Phil Stamper is changing that. Meet Gabriel, Reese, Sal, and Heath, four best friends whose queerness and dreams brought them together in their small town. But for the first time, they're all spending the summer in different parts of the world. Reese is attending a design school in Paris. Gabriel is volunteering at an environmental nonprofit in Boston. Sal is interning in DC for a U.S. Senator. And Heath is headed to Daytona Beach to work at an arcade.


If you are sucker for multiple POV stories and heartwarming queer friendships, then "Golden Boys" should be in your tote bag all summer long.