Originally posted on Saturday, 22 August 2015 at ROPL.org.
Find yourself in one of these LGBTQIA novels. Regardless of how you identify, you just might find a book, or two, that speaks to you. Choose from the list below, most of them are on display in the YA Series and Graphic Novel room, or ask a librarian for other suggestions!
LGBTQIA YA Novels
Two Boys Kissing
By Levithan, David
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.
When Love Comes to Town
By Lennon, Tom
Introduction by Klise, James
The year is 1990, and in his hometown of Dublin, Ireland, Neil Byrne plays rugby, keeps up with the in-crowd at his school, and is just a regular guy. A guy who’s gay. It’s a secret he keeps from the wider world as he explores the city at night and struggles to figure out how to reveal his real self–and to whom.
One Man Guy
By Barakiva, Michael
When Alek’s high-achieving, Armenian-American parents send him to summer school, he thinks his summer is ruined. But then he meets free-spirited Ethan. Alek can’t believe a guy this cool wants to be his friend. And before long, it seems like Ethan wants to be more than friends.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post
By Danforth, Emily M.
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.
By Moskowitz, Hannah
Stephen and Marco, two best friends and junior high students, attempt to break into the high school prom so that Marco can confess his love for Benji, the adorable bass player of the prom band.
Gone, Gone, Gone
By Moskowitz, Hannah
In the wake of the post-9/11 sniper shootings, fragile love finds a stronghold in this intense, romantic novel from the author of ‘Break’ and ‘Invincible Summer.’
Far from You
By Sharpe, Tess
After Sophie Winters survives a brutal attack in which her best friend, Mina, is murdered, she sets out to find the killer. At the same time she must proveshe is free of her past addiction and is in no way to blame for Mina’s death.
The Difference Between You and Me
By George, Madeleine
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.
Love & Lies: Marisol’s Story
By Wittlinger, Ellen
In this companion to the Printz Honor Book ‘Hard Love,’ Marisol Guzman falls head-over-heels for her writing class teacher. However, as Marisol’s newly out friend Lee becomes attracted to her, Marisol begins to wonder if she’s too blinded by love to see the truth.
Empress of the World
By Ryan, Sara
This groundbreaking novel tackles teen sexuality head on. Nicola Lancaster spends a summer at a program for gifted youths who live like college students for eight weeks. During that time, Nic becomes friends with beautiful blonde Battle Hall Davies. She’s everything that Nic isn’t, but startlingly, the two soon become more than friends.
Everything Leads to You
By LaCour, Nina
A talented young set designer, Emi is finding her way in competitive Hollywood. Emi is a true romantic, but her real-life relationships are a mess. But a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend introduces some intrigue, in this new novel by the award-winning author of ‘Hold Still.’
Beautiful Music for Ugly Children
By Cronn-Mills, Kirstin
Gabe has always identified as a boy, but he was born with a girl’s body. With his new public access radio show gaining in popularity, Gabe struggles with romance, friendships, and parentsNall while trying to come out as transgendered.
By Tregay, Sarah
From the author of ‘Love and Leftovers’ comes a sweet contemporary romance about a boy who falls in love with his best friend, and the girls who help them get together.
By Peters, Julie Anne
From as early as she can remember, Regan O’Neill has known that her brother,Liam, was different. That he was, in fact, a girl. Transgender.Having a transgender brother has never been a problem for Regan until now. Liam (or Luna, as she prefers to be called by her chosen name) is about to transition. What does it mean, transitioning? Dressing like a girl?
More Happy Than Not
By Silvera, Adam
In his twisty, gritty, profoundly moving debut called mandatory reading by the ‘New York Times’ Adam Silvera brings to life a charged, dangerous near-future summer in the Bronx. In the months after his father’s suicide, it’s been tough for 16-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again–but he’s still gunning for it.
By Moore, Perry
The executive producer of Disney and Walden Media’s film adaptation of ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ tells an unforgettable story about the coming of age of a young superhero, in a groundbreaking novel of love, loss, and redemption.
Tale of Two Summers
By Sloan, Brian
Hal and Chuck have been best friends since kindergarten, so it doesn’t really matter that Chuck is straight and Hal is gay. But this is the first summer they’ll be apart, so the boys decide to keep a private blog where they can share their experiences with each other.
Guardian of the Dead
By Healey, Karen
A debut author introduces a savvy and spirited heroine with a strong, fresh voice. Full of deliciously creepy details, this unique, incredible adventure is a deftly crafted story of Maori mythology, romance, betrayal, and an epic battle.
How to Say Goodbye in Robot
By Standiford, Natalie
New to town, Beatrice is expecting her new best friend to be one of the girls she meets on the first day. But instead, the girls conspire to seat her next to Jonah, aka Ghost Boy, a quiet loner who hasn’t made a new friend since third grade. Something about him, though, gets to Bea.
Daughter of Smoke & Bone
By Taylor, Laini
Seventeen-year-old Karou, a lovely, enigmatic art student in a Prague boarding school, carries a sketchbook of hideous, frightening monsters–the chimaerae who form the only family she has ever known.
Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You
By Cameron, Peter
.’Not since The Catcher in the Rye has a novel captured the deep and almost physical ache of adolescent existential sadness as trenchantly as the perfectly titled Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You. You don’t have to be eighteen to relate to James Dunfour Sveck and his sense of alienation from a world he doesn’t understand.