by Kaitlin Mitchell

Happy New Year! We’re so excited to announce that we’re bringing back book lists! Each month, we’ll feature a themed list to keep your tbr lists full. To start off 2018 on a positive note, our first list features 10 uplifting quotes from some of our favorite books. Do you have any favorite quotes from LGBTQIA+ YA you think we missed? Add them in the comments, or tell us on Twitter @YA_Pride!

“If you want a chance at being happy, exist. Because yes, life can suck, but as long as you’re alive, there’s a chance you can be happy.” Kathryn Ormsbee, Tash Hearts Tolstoy

“There is no reason that we should ever be ashamed of our bodies or ashamed of our love.” David Levithan, Two Boys Kissing

“You may be born into a family, but you walk into friendships. Some you’ll discover you should put behind you. Others are worth every risk.” Adam Silvera, They Both Die at the End

“[M]aking a decision isn’t about knowing every potential consequence. It’s about knowing what you want and chasing a path that takes you in that direction.” Malinda Lo, Huntress

“If it’s a phase, so what? If it’s your whole life, who cares? You’re destined to evolve and understand yourself in ways you never imagined before.” Gabby Rivera, Juliet Takes a Breath

“Life could be cruel. But it could also be wonderful.” Claire Kann, Let’s Talk About Love

“The world isn’t binary. Everything isn’t black or white, yes or no. Sometimes it’s not a switch, it’s a dial. And it’s not even a dial you can get your hands on; it turns without your permission or approval.” Jeff Garvin, Symptoms of Being Human

“I know it hurts. I know it hurts so bad you can barely breathe sometimes. I know because I’ve been there. Please don’t leave us. I promise life can be good, and we need you too much.” Meredith Russo, If I Was Your Girl

“The only time it’s hopeless is when you’re dead! Long as you’re alive, you can get better – you can make it better.” RoAnna Sylver, Chameleon Moon

“I was okay just a moment ago. I will learn how to be okay again.” Nina LaCour, We Are Okay