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What to read: 5 YA graphic novels for Pride month after 'Heartstopper'

The Netflix series "Heartstopper" is adapted from the webcomic and graphic novel series of the same name by Alice Oseman. Photo courtesy of Netflix
The Netflix series "Heartstopper" is adapted from the webcomic and graphic novel series of the same name by Alice Oseman. Photo courtesy of Netflix

June 9 (UPI) -- Netflix has ordered two more seasons of Heartstopper, but with new episodes likely many months away, fans of the popular LGBTQ series will need some other tales of young love to tide them over this Pride month.

Based on the Alice Oseman webcomic and graphic novel of the same name, Heartstopper focuses on the romance between classmates Nick Nelson (Kit Connor) and Charlie Spring (Joe Locke). Season 1 premiered in April and due to its wild success, received orders for Seasons 2 and 3 in May.

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If you've already worked your way through the first four volumes of the graphic novel series -- the fifth and final volume will be released in February -- it might be time to check out these other young adult LGBTQ graphic novels:

The Prince and the Dressmaker

Published in 2018, The Prince and the Dressmaker tells the story of Crown Prince Sebastian, who has no interest in fulfilling his parents' plans for him to marry a princess. Instead, he'd rather don elaborate dresses and spend his evenings as Lady Crystallia, described as "the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion" in an official synopsis of the book.

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Lady Crystallia attends pageants and clubs as part of the Paris nightlife with his friend and dress designer, Frances. The pressure of having to keep Prince Sebastian's alter ego a secret, though, puts their growing relationship to the test.

Written and illustrated by Jen Wang, The Prince and the Dressmaker is written for readers age 12-18.

Universal Pictures and producer Marc Platt (La La Land, The Trial of the Chicago 7) purchased the film rights to the graphic novel with plans to turn it into a movie musical.

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me

Frederica "Freddy" Riley is in an on-again, off-again relationship with the coolest girl in the school in 2019's Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me. Freddy seeks advice from a medium, who warns her to permanently end her tumultuous relationship with Laura.

"But Laura Dean keeps coming back, and as their relationship spirals further out of her control, Freddy has to wonder if it's really Laura Dean that's the problem. Maybe it's Freddy, who is rapidly losing her friends," the official synopsis of the book says.

Written by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Rosemary Valero-O'Connell, Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me is written for readers age 14-18.

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Check, Please!

Check, Please! Book 1: #Hockey is the first graphic novel in a two-book series that began life as a webcomic first published in 2013. It follows Eric Bittle, a former junior figure skating champion who finds himself on his college hockey team as a freshman. While attempting to master a new city and sport, Eric finds himself falling head over heels for the team's captain -- Jack.

"Check, Please!: #Hockey is the first book of a hilarious and stirring two-volume coming-of-age story about hockey, bros, and trying to find yourself during the best four years of your life," the book's synopsis says.

Written and illustrated by Ngozi Ukazu, Check, Please! is written for readers age 14-18.

Bloom

The 2019 graphic novel Bloom focuses on recent high school graduate Ari. He wants to quit working at his family's bakery so he can move to the big city with his band. But love blooms when Ari meets Hector, who's interviewing to replace him at the struggling bakery.

The story is "a delicious recipe of intricately illustrated baking scenes and blushing young love, in which the choices we make can have terrible consequences, but the people who love us can help us grow," according to a synopsis.

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Written by Kevin Panetta and illustrated by Savanna Ganucheau, Bloom is written for readers age 14-18.

On a Sunbeam

On a Sunbeam was first released in 2016 as a webcomic before hitting print a year later. The sci-fi epic follows protagonist Mia, who joins the maintenance ship Aktis to find her long-lost love, Grace. The two met and fell in love in school, but are torn apart by forces outside their control.

"With interwoven timelines and stunning art, award-winning graphic novelist Tillie Walden creates an inventive world, breathtaking romance, and an epic quest for love," an official synopsis of the graphic novel says.

Written and illustrated by Tillie Walden, On a Sunbeam is written for readers age 12-18.

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