GLBTQ Book List
Looking for a different kind of romance? Love comes in all forms. Check out one of these books featuring gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and queer young people.
* = author has written other books about gay teens.
Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You
Eighteen-year-old James lives in New York City with his mom and older sister. He works in his mother’s art gallery and has a crush on the gallery manager, a much older man. Though terrified about starting college in the fall, James finds hope and acceptance from his grandmother.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie navigates through the strange worlds of love, drugs, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show", and dealing with the loss of a good friend and his favorite aunt.
Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List
Though they have been friends all their lives, Naomi and Ely find their relationship severely strained during their freshman year at New York University.
Down to the Bone
Laura, a seventeen-year-old Cuban American girl, is thrown out of her house when her mother discovers she is a lesbian, but after trying to change her heart and hide from the truth, Laura finally comes to terms with who she is and learns to love and respect herself.
Annie on My Mind
When Annie and Liza meet at a museum in New York City, they quickly become friends, and later lovers. When the girls get caught making love in the house of two lesbian teachers, not just their lives but the lives of others are irrevocably changed.
A group of gay and lesbian teenagers finds mutual support when they form the "Geography Club" at their high school. First in a series.
As a school assignment, thirteen-year-old Joe writes an alpha-biography--life from A to Z--and explores issues of friendship, family, school, and the challenges of being a gay teenager.
Deliver Us From Evie
Sixteen-year-old Parr and his family face some difficult times when word spreads through their rural Missouri town that his older sister is a lesbian, and she leaves the family farm to live with the daughter of the town's banker.
My Most Excellent Year: a novel of love, Mary Poppins, & Fenway Park
Three Boston teens narrate their experiences of a year of new friendships, first loves, and coming into their own in a romantic comedy of errors.
Absolutely, Positively Not
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.
Boy Meets Boy
What if you went to a school where it was actually all right to be who you really are? Even if the gay kids and the straight kids all get along just fine, the road to true love is still a strange and winding path, as Paul discovers when he meets the boy of his dreams.
The Straight Road to Kylie
Jonathan is out, proud, and ready to party through senior year with his posse of best girlfriends. But the year starts off with the wrong kind of bang when Jonathan - in an inebriated lapse of judgment - sleeps with a friend...a girl friend! Suddenly, going back into the closet becomes Jonathan's only way to get what he's after - a trip to see Kylie Minogue.
Thom Creed, the gay son of a disgraced superhero, finds that he, too, has special powers. When he is asked to join the very League that rejected his father, Thom finds other misfits whom he can finally trust.
Sixteen-year-old Lissa's relationship with her best friend changes after they kiss at a party. Lissa doesn’t know what to do until she gets help from an unexpected new friend.
*Peters, Julie Anne
Fifteen-year-old Regan’s life has always revolved around keeping her brother Liam’s trans-sexuality a secret. Things change when Liam decides to start the process of transitioning by telling his family and friends that he is a girl who was born in a boy’s body.
Saints of Augustine
In St. Augustine, Florida, former best friends Charlie and Sam, come to realize that their friendship is the only thing that will keep them afloat when each of their worlds is turned upside down through death, divorce, and the seemingly out-of-control direction of their lives.
Empress of the World
While attending a summer camp for gifted students, fifteen-year-old Nic meets another girl named Battle. The two fall in love but Nic isn’t sure their relationship will last.
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. First in a trilogy.
The Hookup Artist
As a good-natured gay teenager, Lucas happily serves as his high school's matchmaker, but finding true love for himself is proving to be much more difficult.
St. James, James
Having faced teasing that turned into a brutal attack, Christianity expressed as persecution, and the loss of his only real friend when he could no longer keep his crush under wraps, seventeen-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 near Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
What They Always Tell Us
Sixteen-year-old Alex feels so disconnected from his friends that he starts his junior year at a Tuscaloosa, Alabama, high school by attempting suicide. But then a friend of his older brother draws him into cross-country running and a new understanding of himself.
Heart on My Sleeve
During the summer between the end of high school and the beginning of college, Chloe and Julian deal with the major changes in their families and friendships and explore their feelings for each other through emails, letters, and a visit.