LGBTQ Fiction (Teen)

Albertalli, Becky.  Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.  Y FIC Albertalli
Sixteen-year-old, not-so-openly-gay Simon Spier is blackmailed into playing wingman for his classmate or else his sexual identity–and that of his pen pal–will be revealed.

Beam, Cris.  I am J.  Y FIC Beam
J, who feels like a boy mistakenly born as a girl, runs away from his best friend who has rejected him and the parents he thinks do not understand him when he finally decides that it is time to be who he really is. 

Clark, Kristin Elizabeth.  Freakboy.  Y FIC Clark
Told from three viewpoints, seventeen-year-old Brendan, a wrestler, struggles to come to terms with his place on the transgender spectrum while Vanessa, the girl he loves, and Angel, a transgender acquaintance, try to help.

Danforth, Emily M.  The Miseducation of Cameron Post.  Y FIC Danforth
In the early 1990s, when gay teenager Cameron Post rebels against her conservative Montana ranch town and her family decides she needs to change her ways, she is sent to a gay conversion therapy center.

Farizan, Sara.  If You Could Be Mine.  Y FIC Farizan
In Iran, where homosexuality is punishable by death, seventeen-year-olds Sahar and Nasrin love each other in secret until Nasrin’s parents announce their daughter’s arranged marriage and Sahar proposes a drastic solution.

Federle, Tim.  The Great American Whatever.  Y FIC Federle
Teenaged Quinn, an aspiring screenwriter, copes with his sister’s death while his best friend forces him back out into the world to face his reality.

George, Madeleine.  The Difference Between You and Me.  Y FIC George
School outsider Jesse, a lesbian, is having secret trysts with Emily, the popular student council vice president, but when they find themselves on opposite sides of a major issue and Jesse becomes more involved with a student activist, they are forced to make a difficult decision.

Gephart, Donna.  Lily and Dunkin.  Y FIC Gephart
In a poignant tale by an award-winning author, a transgender girl and a boy struggling with bipolar disorder forge a friendship based on their respective experiences as outsiders trying to fit in.

Girard, M.E.  Girl Mans Up.  Y FIC Girard
Increasingly aware of her homosexuality and preferring to avoid looking too feminine, Pen is routinely mistaken for a boy and struggles to navigate complications in her friendships with a childhood buddy whose behavior has become cruel and a fellow gamer who seems to have it all.

Green, John & Levithan, David.  Will Grayson, Will Grayson.  Y FIC Green
When two teens, one gay and one straight, meet and discover that they share the same name, their lives become intertwined as one begins dating the other’s best friend, who produces a play revealing his relationship with them both.

Knowles, Johanna.  See You at Harry’s.  Y FIC Knowles
Twelve-year-old Fern feels invisible in her family, where grumpy eighteen-year-old Sarah is working at the family restaurant, fourteen-year-old Holden is struggling with school bullies and his emerging homosexuality, and adorable, three-year-old Charlie is always the center of attention, and when tragedy strikes, the fragile bond holding the family together is stretched almost to the breaking point.

Konigsberg, Bill.  Openly Straight.  Y FIC Konigsberg
Tired of being known as “the gay kid”, Rafe Goldberg decides to assume a new persona when he comes east and enters an elite Massachusetts prep school–but trying to deny his identity has both complications and unexpected consequences.

Levithan, David.  Boy Meets Boy.  YPB Levithan
When Paul falls hard for Noah, he thinks he has found his one true love, but when Noah walks out of his life, Paul had to find a way to get him back and make everything right once more.

Levithan, David.  Two Boys Kissing.  Y FIC Levithan
A chorus of men who died of AIDS observes and yearns to help a cross-section of today’s gay teens who navigate new love, long-term relationships, coming out, self-acceptance, and more in a society that has changed in many ways.

Levithan. David.  Wide Awake.  Y FIC Levithan
In the not-too-distant future, when a gay Jewish man is elected president of the United States, sixteen-year-old Duncan examines his feelings for his boyfriend, his political and religious beliefs, and tries to determine his rightful place in the world.

Linn, Laurent.  Draw the Line.  Y FIC Linn
A teen boy survives a hate crime against another gay student through his art.

Lo, Malinda.  Adaptation.  Y FIC Lo
In the aftermath of a series of plane crashes caused by birds, seventeen-year-old Reese and her debate-team partner, David, receive medical treatment at a secret government facility and become tangled in a conspiracy that is, according to Reese’s friend, Julian, connected with aliens and UFOs.

Nelson, Jandy.  I’ll Give You the Sun.  Y FIC Nelson
A story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal told from different points in time, and in separate voices, by artists Jude and her twin brother Noah.

Peters, Julie Anne.  Luna.  Y FIC Peters
Fifteen-year-old Regan’s life, which has always revolved around keeping her older brother Liam’s transsexuality a secret, changes when Liam decides to start the process of “transitioning” by first telling his family and friends that he is a girl who was born in a boy’s body.

Polonsky, Ami.  Gracefully Grayson.  Y FIC Polonsky
Grayson, a transgender twelve-year-old, learns to accept her true identity and share it with the world.

Russo, Meredith.  If I Was Your Girl.  Y FIC Russo
Amanda Hardy only wants to fit in at her new school, but she is keeping a big secret, so when she falls for Grant, guarded Amanda finds herself yearning to share with him everything about herself, including her previous life as Andrew.

Saenz, Benjamin Alire.  Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe.  Y FIC Saenz
Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents and his family that he has never asked before.

Talley, Robin.  Lies We Tell Ourselves.  Y FIC Talley
In 1959 Virginia, Sarah, a black student who is one of the first to attend a newly integrated school, forces Linda, a white integration opponent’s daughter, to confront harsh truths when they work together on a school project.

Westerfeld, Scott.  Afterworlds.  Y FIC Westerfeld
In alternating chapters, eighteen-year-old Darcy Patel navigates the New York City publishing world and Lizzie, the heroine of Darcy’s novel, slips into the “Afterworld” to survive a terrorist attack and becomes a spirit guide, as both face many challenges and both fall in love.

Whaley, John Corey.  Highly Illogical Behavior.  Y FIC Whaley
Agoraphobic sixteen-year-old Solomon has not left his house in three years, but Lisa is determined to change that–and to write a scholarship-winning essay based on the results.

Wilkinson, Lili.  Pink.  Y FIC Wilkinson
Sixteen-year-old Ava does not know who she is or where she belongs, but when she tries out a new personality–and sexual orientation–at a different school, her edgy girlfriend, potential boyfriend, and others are hurt by her lack of honesty.

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