LGBTQIA+ books for teens

Kate in Waiting

Kate in Waiting

Becky Albertalli

From the author of Love, Simon (Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda) bestselling YA rom-com queen Becky Albertalli, comes a new novel about daring to step out of the shadows and into the spotlight in love, life and, yes, theatre.

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Last Night at the Telegraph Club

Last Night at the Telegraph Club

Malinda Lo

A gripping story of love and duty set in San Francisco's Chinatown during the 1950s.

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Infinity Reaper

Infinity Reaper

Adam Silvera

From the author of the UK NO.1 BESTSELLER THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END comes the gripping sequel to the New York Times bestselling Infinity Son. Now including a limited edition prequel short story starring Ness!

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House of Hollow

Krystal Sutherland

The Hollow sisters - Vivi, Grey and Iris - are as seductively glamorous as they are mysterious.

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What's the T?

What’s the T?

Juno Dawson, Soofiya

A frank and funny exploration of being transgender, from the author of This Book is Gay.

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Hani and Ishu's Guide to Fake Dating

Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating

Adiba Jaigirdar

Hani and Ishu couldn't be less alike - and they definitely don't like each other. But when fates collide and they pretend to date each other, things start to get messy... A heart-warming queer YA love story for fans of Becky...

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Perfect On Paper

Sophie Gonzales

A bisexual girl who gives anonymous love advice to her school friends is hired by the hot new kid to help him get his ex back. Leah on the Offbeat meets To All the Boys I've Loved Before - the new queer YA rom-com from Sophie...

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The Pronoun Lowdown: Demystifying and celebrating gender diversity

The Pronoun Lowdown: Demystifying and celebrating gender diversity

Nevo Zisin

We find ourselves at an exciting moment in history. For the first time, trans and gender diverse people are being seen and heard. Thanks to tireless activism, and an increased visibility worldwide, these lived experiences (the...

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The Henna Wars

The Henna Wars

Adiba Jaigirdar

Nishat and Flavia are rivals at school, but Nishat can't help the secret crush burning in her heart - even though her parents disapprove of the fact she likes girls. Can she possibly find her happy ever after? A gorgeous,...

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This Poison Heart

This Poison Heart

Kalynn Bayron

Teenaged Briseis, who possesses a supernatural power over plants, even poisonous ones, inherits a dilapidated estate in rural New York and must protect herself and her family from centuries-old secrets that threaten their lives.

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How It All Blew Up

How It All Blew Up

Arvin Ahmadi

A nuanced take on growing up brown, Muslim and gay in today's America, HOW IT ALL BLEW UP is the story of one boy's struggle to come out to his family, and how that painful process exists right alongside his silly, sexy romp...

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Darius the Great Deserves Better

Darius the Great Deserves Better

Adib Khorram

In this companion to the award-winning Darius the Great Is Not Okay, Darius suddenly has it all: a boyfriend, an internship, a spot on the soccer team. It's everything he's ever wanted - but what if he deserves better?

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Here the Whole Time

Here the Whole Time

Vitor Martins

The ultimate feel-good YA romance which celebrates body positivity, self-acceptance and standing up to bullying and homophobia. Perfect for fans of Rainbow Rowell and Heartstopper.

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Have Pride: An inspirational history of the LGBTQ+ movement

Have Pride: An inspirational history of the LGBTQ+ movement

Stella Caldwell, Sue Sanders

A comprehensive photographic history of the LGBTQ+ movement, complemented with bright, stylish illustrations to appeal to young adult readers.

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We Contain Multitudes

We Contain Multitudes

Sarah Henstra

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe meets Eleanor and Park in an exhilarating and emotional novel about the growing relationship between two teens boys, told through the letters they write to one another --...

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The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre

The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre

Robin Talley

The brilliant new romcom from 2020 CILIP Carnegie medal nominee and New York Times bestseller, Robin Talley.

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 Read reviewThe Erasure Initiative

The Erasure Initiative

Lili Wilkinson

A girl wakes up on a self-driving bus. She has no memory of how she got there or who she is. Her nametag reads CECILY. The six other people on the bus are just like her: no memories, only nametags. There's a screen on each...

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Fin & Rye & Fireflies

Fin & Rye & Fireflies

Harry Cook

A gloriously upbeat LGBTQI+ novel of love, hope and friendship - showing that although it's not always rainbows and fireflies, life's too short to be anyone but yourself ...

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The Extraordinaries

The Extraordinaries

T J Klune

Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl meets Brandon Sanderson's Steelheart in this heart-warming, laugh-out-loud LGBT #ownvoices superhero story by LAMBDA award-winning author TJ Klune.

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The Gravity of Us

The Gravity of Us

Phil Stamper

When his volatile father is picked to become an astronaut for NASA's mission to Mars, seventeen-year-old Cal, an aspiring journalist, reluctantly moves from Brooklyn to Houston, Texas, and looks for a story to report, finding an...

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Love Frankie

Love Frankie

Jacqueline Wilson, Nick Sharratt

The must-have new novel about falling in love for the first time from bestselling, much-loved children's author, Jacqueline Wilson.

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Peta Lyre's Rating Normal

Peta Lyre’s Rating Normal

Anna Whateley

At sixteen, neurodivergent Peta Lyre is the success story of social training. That is, until she finds herself on a school ski trip - and falling in love with the new girl. Peta will need to decide which rules to keep, and which...

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Music from Another World

Music from Another World

Robin Talley

The brand-new novel from the 2020 CILIP Carnegie medal nominee and New York Times bestseller, Robin Talley.

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19 Love Songs

19 Love Songs

David Levithan

A collection of funny, warm and heartfelt stories exploring queer love and identity from award-winning YA author David Levithan.

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The PLAIN Janes

The PLAIN Janes

Cecil Castellucci, Jim Rugg

The cult classic graphic novel is back! The first two instalments of The Plain Janes are available bound up for the first time with an all new, never before seen third story, perfect for fans of This One Summer and Awkward.

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 Read reviewOnly Mostly Devastated

Only Mostly Devastated

Sophie Gonzales

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda meets a modern-day, queer re-imagining of Grease.

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Fourteen: My year of darkness, and the light that followed

Fourteen: My year of darkness, and the light that followed

Shannon Molloy

Fourteen is this generation's Holding the Man - a moving coming-of-age memoir about a young man's search for identity and acceptance in the most unforgiving and hostile of places: high school.

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Queer Heroes: Meet 53 LGBTQ Heroes From Past and Present!

Queer Heroes: Meet 53 LGBTQ Heroes From Past and Present!

Arabelle Sicardi, Sarah Tanat-Jones

A beautiful, bold book of biographies celebrating the achievements of LGBT people through history and from around the world.

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Wayward Son

Wayward Son

Rainbow Rowell

Wayward Son, the sequel to Carry On, is the stunning new YA novel by the bestselling author of Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell.  

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Heartstopper: Volume Three

Heartstopper: Volume Three

Alice Oseman

Boy meets boy. Boys become friends. Boys fall in love. An LGBTQ+ graphic novel about life, love, and everything that happens in between: this is the third volume of HEARTSTOPPER, for fans of The Art of Being Normal, Holly Bourne...

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Pet

Pet

Akwaeke Emezi

In their riveting and timely young adult debut, acclaimed novelist Akwaeke Emezi asks difficult questions about what choices a young person can make when the adults around them are in denial.

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 Read reviewEuphoria Kids

Euphoria Kids

Alison Evans

Ever since the witch cursed Babs, she turns invisible sometimes. She has her mum and her dog, but teachers and classmates barely notice her. Then, one day, Iris can see her. And Iris likes what they see. Babs is made of fire.

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 Read reviewInfinity Son

Infinity Son

Adam Silvera

Balancing epic and intensely personal stakes, bestselling author Adam Silvera's Infinity Son is a gritty, fast-paced adventure about two brothers caught up in a magical war generations in the making.

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Rainbow Revolutions: Power, Pride and Protest in the Fight for Queer Rights

Rainbow Revolutions: Power, Pride and Protest in the Fight for Queer Rights

Eve Lloyd Knight, Jamie Lawson

On June 28 1969, around one o'clock in the morning, New York City Police raided the Stonewall Inn, a bar in Greenwich Village, New York...

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Growing Up Queer in Australia

Growing Up Queer in Australia

Benjamin Law

Compiled by celebrated author and journalist Benjamin Law, Growing Up Queer in Australia assembles voices from across the spectrum of LGBTIQA+ identity.

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Yay! You're Gay! Now What?

Yay! You’re Gay! Now What?

Riyadh Khalaf, Melissa McFeeters

In this personal, heartfelt go-to guide for young queer guys, YouTuber and presenter Riyadh Khalaf shares frank advice about everything from coming out to relationships, as well as interviews with inspirational queer role models,...

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Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories

Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories

Michael Earp, Jax Jacki Brown, Claire G. Coleman, Benjamin Law, Christos Tsiolkas

A ground-breaking collection of YA short stories by 12 of Australia's finest writers from the LGBTQIA+ community. What does it mean to be queer? 

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How it Feels to Float

How it Feels to Float

Helena Fox

A stunning, profound, deeply hopeful portrayal of living with mental illness and grief, from an exceptional new voice in YA. 

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 Read reviewHighway Bodies

Highway Bodies

Alison Evans

Highway Bodies is a unique zombie apocalypse story featuring a range of queer and gender non-conforming teens who have lost their families and friends and can only rely upon each other.

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What If It's Us

What If It’s Us

Adam Silvera, Becky Albertalli

From bestselling authors Becky Albertalli (Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda which was made into the film Love, Simon) and Adam Silvera (They Both Die At The End) comes a New York love story with a difference...

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Heartstopper: Volume One

Heartstopper: Volume One

Alice Oseman

Boy meets boy. Boys become friends. Boys fall in love. An LGBTQ+ graphic novel about life, love, and everything that happens in between - for fans of The Art of Being Normal, Holly Bourne and Love, Simon.

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 Read reviewAmelia Westlake

Amelia Westlake

Erin Gough

From Ampersand Prize-winning author Erin Gough comes this ferociously funny romp through an elite private school, and a brilliant feminist hoax that could change - or ruin - everything.   

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 Read reviewThe Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy

Mackenzi Lee

Sequel to: The gentleman's guide to vice and virtue

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 Read reviewWe Are Okay

We Are Okay

Nina LaCour

After leaving her life behind to go to college in New York, Marin must face the truth about the tragedy that happened in the final weeks of summer when her friend Mabel comes to visit.

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 Read reviewFinding Nevo

Finding Nevo

Nevo Zisin

Meet Nevo: girl, boy, he, she, him, her, they, them, daughter, son, teacher, student, friend, gay, bi, lesbian, trans, homo, Jew, dyke, masculine, feminine, androgynous, queer.

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The Miseducation of Cameron Post

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Emily Danforth

The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a stunning and unforgettable literary debut about discovering who you are and finding the courage to live life according to your own rules.  

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Leah on the Offbeat

Leah on the Offbeat

Becky Albertalli

In this sequel to the acclaimed Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, we follow Simon's BFF Leah as she grapples with changing friendships, first love, and senior year angst.

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 Read reviewThe Sidekicks

The Sidekicks

Will Kostakis

The relationship between three very different teen boys changes as they mourn the death of their mutual best friend, in this heart-wrenching story from an award-winning Australian author about grief, self-discovery and the...

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WHAT WE LEFT BEHIND

WHAT WE LEFT BEHIND

Robin Talley

'A moving YA book. And an important one' - The Telegraph on Lies We Tell Ourselves What if discovering who you really are means letting go of who you've been?

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 Read reviewSimon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Becky Albertalli

Simon Spier is sixteen and trying to work out who he is - and what he's looking for. But when one of his emails to the very distracting Blue falls into the wrong hands, things get all kinds of complicated. Because, for Simon,...

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 Read reviewEvery Day

Every Day

David Levithan

Can you love someone who is destined to change each day? Every morning, A wakes in a different person's body. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed....

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 Read reviewMore Than This

More Than This

Patrick Ness

A boy called Seth drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments, losing his life as the pounding sea claims him. But then he wakes. He is naked, thirsty, starving. But alive. How is that possible? He remembers dying, his bones...

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 Read reviewWill Grayson, Will Grayson

Will Grayson, Will Grayson

David Levithan, John Green

Will Grayson: What if your friend started writing a musical about your life... and made you look like a joke? What if the girl you weren't interested in started being interested in you? And who is this other guy called Will...

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 Read reviewPink

Pink

Lili Wilkinson

A fresh and lively ride on the chaotic rollercoaster of love, friendship, musical theatre and the back stage crew, from one of the brightest voices in YA fiction.

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History Is All You Left Me

History Is All You Left Me

Adam Silvera

An incredibly moving exploration of love, life and death - with more than a few twists - from bestselling author, Adam Silvera. If you read one book this year, let it be this one.

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