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LGBTQ -- Recommended Books!
Want a book that portrays lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning characters and issues? Check out these titles!
Recommended LGBTQ Books
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by
In this fast-paced story full of humor and adventure, 23-year-old April May finds herself rocketed into social media stardom. This books is a "comic debut that combines science fiction and mystery with philosophical musings about the perils of internet fame." (Publishers Weekly). Fiction. 343 pages.
Almost Perfect by
Logan Witherspoon is attracted to a new student at his small-town high school, Sage, who is tall, unconventionally pretty, and a much-needed friend. One day, Logan kisses her, and then Sage discloses a secret: biologically, she's a boy. Young Adult Fiction. 360 pages. Available as ebook
In this 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. Young Adult Fiction. 264 pages.
Set against a vibrant South Bronx neighborhood and the youth culture of Manhattan, Chulito is a coming-of-age. coming out love story of a sexy Latino man and the colorful characters that populate his block. Honest and gritty. Fiction. 317 pages.
The Difference Between You and Me by
School outsider Jesse, a lesbian, is having secret trysts with Emily, the popular student council vice president,who also has a boyfriend. Their relationship becomes more complicated when they find themselves on the opposite side of a major issue. Young Adult Fiction. 256 pages.
Every Day by
Imaging waking up every morning in a different body. This is the only life A has ever known. A has developed rules over time to avoid attachments and causing problems for the person whose body A inhabits that day. And it works until A ends up in the body of Justin and falls in love with Justin's girlfriend Rhiannon. Now A struggles in every body to find a way to reconnect with Rhiannon. Can A make it work and could Rhiannon really love someone who is going to change every day? Young Adult Fiction. 324 pages. Available as ebook
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. Young Adult Fiction. 428 pages.
How I Paid for College by
A deliciously funny romp of a novel about one overly theatrical and sexually confused teenager's larcenous quest for his acting school tuition. Fiction. 278 pages.
Recommended LGBTQ Books
Keeping You a Secret by
When popular high school senior Holland Jaeger meets "out and proud" lesbian Cece Goddard, an instant spark leads to flirtation, and Holland comes to realize that "the man of her dreams is a girl." Young Adult Fiction. 250 pages. Available as ebook
Fifteen-year-old Regan's life changes dramatically when her brother 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. Young Adult Fiction. 248 pages.
Openly Straight by
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. Young Adult Fiction. 320 pages.
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by
Sixteen-year-old, not-so-openly-gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands he is blackmailed into playing wingman for his classmate or else his sexual identity-- and that of his pen pal-- will be revealed. This fresh, funny novel won many awards. Young adult fiction. 303 pages. Available as ebook and audiobook
Sing You Home by
When infertility ends Max and Zoe’s marriage, Max turns to drinking – then religion – while Zoe falls in love with Vanessa, a school counselor. When Vanessa offers to carry one of Zoe and Max's fertilized embryos, Max sues for custody. Fiction. 466 pages.
Stone Butch Blues by
Woman or man? That question storms around Jess Goldberg. Growing up differently gendered in the 1950’s, coming out in the ’60s, passing as a man in the’70s, Jess learns the complexities of being transgendered in a world demanding simple explanation. Fiction. 301 pages.
Suicide Notes by
Fifteen-year-old Jeff wakes up on New Year's Day to find himself in the hospital. Make that the psychiatric ward. With the nut jobs... Suicide Notes is a darkly humorous novel that examines the fuzzy line between "normal" and the rest of us. Young Adult Fiction. 295 pages. Available as ebook
Trans-Sister Radio by
"Provocative and insightful, this gender-bending novel will make readers question what it means to be a man or a woman, and how strongly these identities are influenced by biological and cultural pressures." (Booklist). Fiction. 352 pages.
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by
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. Young Adult Fiction. 310 pages. Available as ebook