5 Trans Books By Trans Authors

This week, Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List at number eight. This is the first time a book about transgender characters by a transgender author has been on the New York Times list, and it’s by a latinix author as well. In celebration, here’s my recommendation list of books by trans authors.

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Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

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Felix has never been in a relationship. He greatly wants to be in one, but he’s worried he’s one minority too much to ever be loved.

When one of his classmates starts sending transphobic messages and even publicly posting pictures of him before he transitioned, Felix decides to retaliate. But when he finds himself in a love triangle, what will he do next?

I received this book earlier this year as an early copy and LOVED it. It’s shows a beautiful journey of questioning and falling in love.

You can grab this book here.

Rep: black main character, trans main character, black author, trans author

Pet by Akwaeke Emezi

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Lucille is perfectly sage. Jam and Redemption have always been taught that the city has no monsters, but when they meet Pet – a monster that seems to be friendly – they realize that may not be the case.

Pet has come to chase down another monster. Jam must uncover the truths of Lucille and save her friend before it is too late.

I think this is a great book because it doesn’t make being trans the main plot. While it’s great to teach about trans issues, sometimes trans people just want to be seen in the cool fantasy books too.

You can grab this book here.

Rep: black main character, trans character, black author, trans author

Stay Gold by Tobly McSmith

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Pony just wants to graduate. After having to leave his previous school due to transphobia, he’s hoping for a new start.

Georgia, a cheerleader at Pony’s new school, is hoping to not draw any attention this year. She’s promised herself she won’t date anyone this year.

On the first day of school however, they lock eyes. How are either one of them expected to keep a low profile now?

This book is set in Texas, and it makes me extremely happy to see some queer Texas representation. Stay Gold also delves deep into transphobia and how it can affect the trans community.

You can grab it here.

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I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver

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When Ben comes out as non-binary to their parents, their thrown out of their house with the only option of moving in with their estranged sister. Struggling with anxiety, they decide to only come out to their sister, her husband, and their therapist. And try to not draw too much attention at their new school.

But when they meet Nathan, their friendship – and eventually their relationship – grows, and Ben’s plans of flying under the radar quickly dissolve.

I read this book when it came out last year, and I’m still constantly thinking about it. I think it’s a great representation of non-binary youth and how to heal.

You can grab this book here.

Rep: non-binary main character, non-binary author, mental health

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

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Yadriel’s traditional latinix family is having a hard time accepting his gender. In order to prove himself as a brujo, Yadriel performs the ritual and sets out to find the ghost that murdered his cousin.

When he accidentally summons the ghost of Julian Diaz, he decides to help Julian with some unfinished business. The more time they spend with each other, however, the less Yadriel wants Julian to leave.

The first time I heard about this book, I knew it was going to be a hit, and it hit the New York Times List its first week. Congrats, Aiden! You deserve it.

You can grab this book here.

Rep: latinix main character, trans main character, latinix author, trans author

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