GLBTQ: Fiction for Teens
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, or Questioning: Fiction
Absolutely, Positively Not by David LaRochelle (2005)
YAFICT LAROCHEL DAVID Absolute
Chronicles a teenage boy’s humorous attempts to fit in at his Minnesota high school by becoming a macho, girl-loving, "Playboy" pinup-displaying heterosexual.
Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden (1982/2007)
Liza tries to put aside her feelings for Annie after the disaster at Foster Academy, but eventually she allows love to triumph over the ignorance of others.
Ash by Malinda Lo (2009)
YAFICT LO MALINDA Ash
In this variation on the Cinderella story, Ash grows up believing in the fairy realm that the king and his philosophers have sought to suppress, until one day she must choose between a handsome fairy cursed to love her and the King’s Huntress whom she loves. Prequel is Huntress.
Ask the Passengers by A.S. King (2012)
YAFICT KING A S Ask the
Imagining that she is sending love to passengers in airplanes flying overhead, Astrid Jones, a teen from a small town torn by gossip and narrow-mindedness, struggles with her family’s dysfunction and hides her secret love for another girl.
Boyfriends with Girlfriends by Alex Sanchez (2011)
YAFICT SANCHEZ ALEX Boyfrien
When Lance begins to date Sergio, who is bisexual, he is not sure that it will work out, and when his best friend Allie, who has a boyfriend, meets Sergio’s lesbian friend, she has unexpected feelings which she struggles to understand.
Dare, Truth or Promise by Paula Boock (2007)
Louie and Willa, two high school senior girls with little in common and different life plans, find that all their intentions mean little in the face of a love that will lead them to risk everything they thought was important.
The Difference Between You and Me by Madeleine George (2012)
YAFICT GEORGE MADELEIN Differen
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, they are forced to make a difficult decision.
Freak Show by James St. James (2008)
YAFICT ST JAMES JAMES Freak; YPBK S
Having faced teasing that turned into a brutal attack and the loss of his only real friend when he could no longer keep his crush under wraps, 17-year-old Billy Bloom, a drag queen extraordinaire, decides the only way to become fabulous again is to run for Homecoming Queen at his elite, private school in Florida.
Freaks and Revelations by Davida Wills Hurwin (2009)
YAFICT HURWIN DAVIDA Freaks
Tells, in two voices, of events leading up to a 1980 incident in which 14-year-old Jason, a gay youth surviving on the streets as a prostitute, and 17-year-old Doug, a hate-filled punk rocker, have a fateful meeting in a Los Angeles alley.
Gemini Bites by Patrick Ryan. (2011)
YAFICT RYAN PATRICK Gemini
When their parents announce they are taking in a fellow student for a month, 16-year-old twins Kyle and Judy sit up and take notice. Kyle has just come out of the closet to his family and fears he’ll never know what it is like to date a guy. Judy is pretending to be born-again to attract a boy who heads a Bible study group. And Garret Johnson is new in town– a mysterious loner who claims to be a vampire. Both twins are intrigued.
Hero by Perry Moore (2007)
Thom Creed, the gay son of a disowned superhero, finds that he, too, has special powers and is asked to join the very League that rejected his father, and it is there that Thom finds other misfits whom he can finally trust.
I Am J by Cris Beam (2011)
YAFICT BEAM CRIS I am
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.
Keeping You a Secret by Julie Anne Peters (2003)
As she begins a very tough last semester of high school, Holland finds herself puzzled about her future and intrigued by a transfer student who wants to start a Lesbigay club at school.
Luna by Julie Anne Peters (2004)
YAFICT PETERS JULIE Luna
15-year-old Regan’s life, which has always revolved around keeping her 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.
Marco Impossible by Hannah Moskowitz (2013)
NEW YAFICT MOSKOWIT HANNAH Marco
When 13-year-old Marco falls hopelessly in love with an adorable exchange student who is playing the bass in the prom band, Marco and his best friend, Stephen, plot to break into the prom and get Marco onstage so that he can declare his affections.
Missed Her by Ivan E. Coyote (2011)
YAFICT COYOTE IVAN E Missed
Whether discussing the politics of being a butch with a pet lapdog or berating a gay newspaper for considering butches and trans people as "extreme," Ivan traverses issues of gender and identity with a wistful, perceptive eye in these funny, wistful stories.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth (2012)
YAFICT DANFORTH EMILY M Miseduca; YPBK D
Placed in the custody of a conservative aunt in Montana after losing her parents in a car crash, teen Cameron secretly falls in love with her cowgirl best friend and is cruelly dispatched to a religious conversion camp when the truth about her sexual orientation is discovered.
Mousetraps by by Pat Schmatz ; illustrations by Bill Hauser (2008)
YAFICT SCHMATZ PAT Mousetra
Grade-school friends Maxie, a cartoonist, and Rick, an inventor, are reunited several years after a gay-bashing incident forced Rick to leave town.
October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard by Lesléa Newman (2012)
YAFICT NEWMAN LESLEA October
Relates, from various points of view, events from the night of October 6, 1998, when twenty-one-year-old Matthew Shepard, a gay college student, was lured out of a Wyoming bar, savagely beaten, tied to a fence, and left to die.
Out of the Pocket by Bill Konigsberg (2008)
YAFICT KONIGSBE BILL Out
As Bobby Framingham, quarterback of his high school football team, finally acknowledges to himself that he is gay, events start to spin out of control when his sexual orientation is revealed in the student newspaper and then in the local press, and he learns that his father has cancer.
Parrotfish by Ellen Wittlinger (2007)
YAFICT WITTLING ELLEN Parrotfi; YPBK W
Grady, a transgendered high school student, yearns for acceptance by his classmates and family as he struggles to adjust to his new identity as a male.
Rage: a Love Story by Julie Anne Peters (2009)
YAFICT PETERS JULIE AN Rage; YPBK P
At the end of high school, Johanna finally begins dating the girl she has loved from afar, but Reeve is as much trouble as she claims to be as she and her twin brother damage Johanna’s self-esteem, friendships, and already precarious relationship with her sister.
Rainbow Boys by Alex Sanchez (2003)
YAFICT SANCHEZ ALEX Rainbow; YPBK S
Three high school seniors, a jock with a girlfriend and an alcoholic father, a closeted gay, and a flamboyant gay rights advocate, struggle with family issues, gay bashers, first sex, and conflicting feelings about each other. Sequels are Rainbow High and Rainbow Road .
She Loves You, She Loves You Not by Julie Ann Peters (2011)
YAFICT PETERS JULIE AN She
When 17-year-old Alyssa is disowned by her father for being a lesbian, she is sent off to a small town in Colorado to live with the mother she has never known, where she is forced to come to terms with herself and her family.
The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd (2011)
YAFICT BURD NICK Vast; YPBK B
The summer after graduating from an Iowa high school, eighteen-year-old Dade Hamilton watches his parents’ marriage disintegrate, ends his long-term, secret relationship, comes out of the closet, and savors first love.
Vintage: a Ghost Story by Steve Berman (2007)
YAFICT BERMAN STEVE Vintage
Walking an empty stretch of highway on an autumn night, a gay teen meets a strange boy who disappears into thin air. What begins as a dream turns into a nightmare as the dangerous obsession of a star athlete killed in 1957 begins to haunt the teen.
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan (2010)
YAFICT GREEN JOHN Will; YPBK G
When two teens, one gay and one straight, meet accidentally 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.