It’s no secret that YA is one of the most progressive book genres out there, at the minute.
Whereas six or seven years ago, you might have had a harder time finding out about LGBT, queer and own-voices books, nowadays they’re everywhere and are doing some excellent things for queer representation and gay rights.
So much so that we thought it was (finally!) time to round up some excellent reads that you should tuck into if you’re after a book with incredible queer sex scenes.
Not only are these reads fantastic stories in themselves, but they’re also highlighting some important things like contraception and losing your virginity.
Ooft, is it us or are things getting hot in here?
1. ‘Release’ by Patrick Ness
‘Release’ by Patrick Ness is full of explicit sex scenes between Adam and his boyfriend, Linus. It’s a fantastic read and delves into the struggle Adam has to go through as a gay teen, growing up in an ultra religious family.
“Adam lowered one foot until it came up against the ridge of Linus’s butt, which – as previously mentioned – was thing of punishing beauty.”
2. ‘The Miseducation of Cameron Post’ by Emily Danforth
In ‘The Miseducation of Cameron Post’, 12 year-old Cameron’s parents have died. She’s trying to understand her sexuality, but once her Aunt Ruth finds out that she’s kissed a girl, drastic measures have to be taken to fix Cameron’s “sinful” deed.
“Irene’s face was bright against the dark of the sky, her eyes all shimmery wet, pieces of her hair blown free from her ponytail. She was beautiful. Everything in me wanted to kiss her, and at the same time it felt like everything in me was sick.”
3. ‘The Screwed Up Life of Charlie the Second’ by Drew Ferguson
Drew Ferguson’s ‘The Screwed Up Life of Charlie the Second’ follows the life of high school student, Charlie.
He constantly talks about sex and the graphic scenes aren’t afraid to touch upon awkward teenage moments in an honest, at times comedic way.
“Part of the time, I looked retarded – hairless legs over Rob’s shoulders, eyes rolling to the back of my head, and wide-open mouth making these dumb sex grunts. Ah… ah… ouch!… unggh… ungggh… ouch!… ah… ah…”
4. ‘Almost Perfect’ by Brian Katcher
‘Almost Perfect’ was one of the first YA books to touch upon LGBTQ+ sex. When Logan befriends Sage, he instantly feels drawn to her. What Logan doesn’t know is that Sage was born a boy.
“Sage. Me. Naked. Well, I was naked. Sage had never removed her shorts. Things had started slowly. Touching. Kissing. More touching. Then … the sweat, the touch of her mouth, the prick of her nails, the noise of the bed as it scooted across the floor.”
5. ‘Our Own Private Universe’ by Robin Talley
‘Our Own Private Universe’ is one of the first YA reads to have a sex scene between two girls that discusses protection like gloves and dental dams. Amazing!
“Christa had probably kissed tons of girls. And done more than kiss. I’d been daydreaming about that a lot lately too.”
6. ‘History Is All You Left Me’ by Adam Silvera
Adam Silvera is known for discussing sexuality in a brilliant way so it’s no surprise that ‘History Is All You Left Me’ features sex scenes between two teenage boys. It, again, links to safe sex. This time with the involvement or buying and using condoms.
“Jackson must be struggling with this, except not enough that he can stop himself from pulling off his own shirt and dropping it on the bed. “Where are your condoms?””
7. ‘The Great American Whatever’ by Tim Federle
In ‘The Great American Whatever’, Quinn falls hard for a guy he met at a party and starts to begin to question his sexual identify. All in all, it’s a great read and packed with lol-worthy moments.
“My hands are shuddering. I am hungry or perhaps horny. I have never wondered what Geoff would look like naked but now, suddenly, knowing that he has had sex makes me feel as if I’m meeting a celebrity.”
8. ‘The Mortal Instruments’ by Cassandra Clare
We love the Magnus and Alec moments in Cassie Clare’s ‘The Mortal Instruments’ – so obviously they had to make the cut!
Though, their scenes might not be as graphic as some on the list, they’re still pure smut and have even encouraged a flurry of fanfiction that’s far from PG13.
“Magnus made a soft, pleased sound, and gripped the back of Alec’s shirt, rucking it up, his fingers cool on Alec’s spine. Alec leaned into him, pinning Magnus between the table and his own body. Not that Magnus seemed to mind.
‘Come on,’ Alec said against Magnus’s ear. ‘It’s late. Let’s go to bed.”
What’s your favourite queer sex scene in a YA read? Let us know in the comments below.