LGBTQIA+ books for teens

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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A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns

A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns

Archie Bongiovanni, Tristan Jimerson

A quick, easy and important educational comic guide to using gender-neutral pronouns. 

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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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Little & Lion

Little & Lion

Brandy Colbert

A stunning novel on love, identity, loss, and redemption, featuring diverse characters grappling with such issues as bipolar illness and bisexuality--now in paperback!

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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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More Happy Than Not

More Happy Than Not

Adam Silvera

A NYT Editors' Choice and NYT Bestseller A Booklist Best First Novel of 2015 An ABA Indie Next Selection Five Starred Trade Reviews Aaron Soto juggles his girlfriend Genevieve, the recent loss of his father, and feelings for his...

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And She Was

And She Was

Jessica Verdi

When Dara goes looking for her birth certificate, what she finds is a box full of secrets. Her mum, Mellie, reveals that she is transgender and had Dara before she transitioned. Dara is stunned, devastated -- her mother has lied...

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 Read reviewAmelia Westlake

Amelia Westlake

Erin Gough

Winner of the Readings Young Adult Book Prize 2018From Ampersand Prize-winning author Erin Gough comes this ferociously funny romp through an elite private school, and a brilliant feminist hoax that...

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Flying Tips for Flightless Birds

Flying Tips for Flightless Birds

Kelly McCaughrain

From debut author Kelly McCaughrain comes a sweet and kooky romcom for fans of Wonder, Sarah Crossan and Susin Nielsen's We Are All Made of Molecules, starring flying-trapeze double act and brother/sister twins, Finch and Birdie...

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Paris Syndrome

Paris Syndrome

Lisa Walker

For fans of John Green, this funny and poignant coming-of-age story is about that crazy thing called love. And how it can be found anywhere.

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If I Tell You

If I Tell You

Alicia Tuckerman

Life and love don't wait until you're ready, but what if finding yourself means losing everything you've ever known?

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Before I Had the Words: On Being a Transgender Young Adult

Before I Had the Words: On Being a Transgender Young Adult

Skylar Kergil

A transgender advocate's candid memoir about reinvention and growth.

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It Looks Like This

It Looks Like This

Mittlefehldt Rafi

A wrenching tale of first love and loss that exposes the undercurrents of a tidy suburban world. --Provided by publisher.

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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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A Tyranny of Petticoats: 15 Stories of Belles, Bank Robbers & Other Badass Girls

A Tyranny of Petticoats: 15 Stories of Belles, Bank Robbers & Other Badass Girls

Jessica Spotswood

From an impressive sisterhood of writers comes an edge-of-your-seat anthology of historical fiction and fantasy featuring a diverse array of daring heroines. Contributors include Andrea Cremer, Marissa Meyer, and Lindsay Smith.

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The Radical Element: 12 Stories of Daredevils, Debutantes & Other Dauntless Girls

The Radical Element: 12 Stories of Daredevils, Debutantes & Other Dauntless Girls

Jessica Spotswood

In The Radical Element, twelve of the most talented writers working in young adult literature today tell the stories of girls of all colors and creeds standing up for themselves and their beliefs

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Noteworthy

Noteworthy

Riley Redgate

A cappella gets a makeover when Jordan Sun crossdresses in order to join an all-male elite team  

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Spinning

Spinning

Tillie Walden

Ignatz Award winner Tillie Walden's powerful graphic memoir captures what it's like to come of age, come out, and come to terms with leaving behind everything you used to know.

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The Dangerous Art of Blending In

The Dangerous Art of Blending In

Angelo Surmelis

From HGTV and Today Show personality Surmelis--a raw, powerful, but ultimately uplifting debut novel based on his own childhood, about an immigrant Greek boy coming to terms with his sexuality in an abusive household.

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I Hate Everyone but You

I Hate Everyone but You

Allison Raskin, Gaby Dunn

The hilariously honest debut novel about love, friendship, heartbreak by two emerging major talents in YA and the operators of YouTube comedy channel Just Between Us.

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Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World

Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World

Sarah Prager, Zoe More O'Ferrall

A New York Public Library Best Book of 2017 A Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book for Teens 2017 This first-ever LGBTQ history book of its kind for young adults will appeal to fans of fun, empowering pop-culture...

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They Both Die at the End

They Both Die at the End

Adam Silvera

From the bestselling author of History is All You Left Me comes another unforgettable story of life, loss and making each day count

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Trans Mission: My Quest to a Beard

Trans Mission: My Quest to a Beard

Alex Bertie

A brave and ground-breaking first-hand account of the life, struggles and victories of a young transgender man, as told by YouTuber Alex Bertie.

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The Pearl Thief

The Pearl Thief

Elizabeth Wein

Fifteen-year-old Julia Beaufort-Stuart wakes up in a hospital not knowing how she was injured, and soon befriends Euan McEwen, the Scottish Traveller boy who found her, and later, when a body is discovered, she experiences the...

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The Love Interest

The Love Interest

Cale Dietrich

Two spies, one girl. Whoever gets her to fall in love with him ... lives.

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It's Not Like It's A Secret

It’s Not Like It’s A Secret

Misa Sugiura

When her family moves to California, Sana falls for the beautiful and smart Jamie Ramirez but struggles with differences between their diverse friend groups, a boy's sweet but unrequited affection, and her father's increasingly...

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Radio Silence

Radio Silence

Alice Oseman

The second novel by the phenomenally talented author of Solitaire, Alice Oseman - the most talked-about YA writer right now.

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The Inexplicable Logic of My Life

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life

Benjamin Alire Saenz

A warmly humane look at universal questions of belonging, infused with humour, from the bestselling author of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe.

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Queens of Geek

Queens of Geek

Jen Wilde

Filled with geekiness, cosplay and fandom, Queens of Geek is a story about friendship, self-discovery and finding the courage to love with all your heart.

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My Lovely Frankie

My Lovely Frankie

Judith Clarke

A masterful, moving story about a teenage boy caught between faith and love, by one of Australia's finest YA writers.

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 Read reviewFinding Nevo: How I Confused Everyone

Finding Nevo: How I Confused Everyone

Nevo Zisin (Author)

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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 Read reviewThe Things We Promise

The Things We Promise

J. C. Burke

Gemma's older brother Billy made her a promise that he would ensure she looked fabulous for her first school formal. But his circumstances change dramatically and Billy's promise becomes the least of the family's concerns.

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Ida

Ida

Alison Evans

Ida is an intelligent, diverse and entertaining novel that explores love, loss and longing, and speaks to the condition of an array of overwhelming, and often illusory, choices.

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As I Descended

As I Descended

Robin Talley

Amnesty Honour winner Robin Talley is back with a Shakespeare-inspired story of revenge and redemption, where fair is foul, and foul is fair.

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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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Lizard Radio

Lizard Radio

Pat Schmatz

In a futuristic society run by an all-powerful Gov, a bender teen on the cusp of adulthood has choices to make that will change her life--and maybe the world. Fifteen-year-old bender Kivali has had a rough time in a gender-rigid...

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Adaptation

Adaptation

Malinda Lo

A fast-paced, romantic thriller with a twist, from the acclaimed author of ASH.

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Run

Run

Kody Keplinger

From the author of New York Times bestseller and major motion picture The DUFF, comes Thelma and Louise for a YA audience.

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If You Could Be Mine

If You Could Be Mine

Sara Farizan

[A] heartbreaker of a story - Told in a fairly straightforward style, the relation of the anguish of threatened love is very real, and speaks to experiences largely untouched upon in books for young adults. - The Guardian

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We 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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It Looks Like This

It Looks Like This

Mittlefehldt Rafi

In spare, understated prose heightened by a keen lyricism, a debut author will take your breath away.

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 Read reviewSomeday This Pain Will Be Useful To You

Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You

Peter Cameron

In the tradition of The Catcher in the Rye, this darkly comic story of a young man's very reluctant coming-of-age paints an indelible portrait of a teenage hero holding out for a better grownup world. Ages 13+.

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If I Was Your Girl

If I Was Your Girl

Meredith Russo

Amanda Hardy is the new girl at school. Like everyone else, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is holding back. Even from Grant, the guy she's falling in love with. Amanda has a secret. At her old school, she...

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Lies We Tell Ourselves

Lies We Tell Ourselves

Robin Talley

Lie #1: I'm not afraid Lie #2: I'm sure I'm doing the right thing

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 Read reviewDrag Teen

Drag Teen

Jeffery Self

A fantastic, fabulous, funny YA debut from Jeffery Self, one of the gay icons of the YouTube generation, that follows one high school student on a drag race to his future.

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Skim

Skim

Mariko Tamaki, Jillian Tamaki

After a boy at school takes his own life, teen-witch Skim's fragile world seems to topple and turn upside down too. In honest diary entries, Skim confides the frenzy of grief that surrounds her, while deep down she struggles with...

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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 reviewGrasshopper Jungle

Grasshopper Jungle

Andrew Smith

In the small town of Ealing, Iowa, Austin and his best friend Robby have accidentally unleashed an unstoppable army. An army of horny, hungry, six-foot-tall praying mantises that only want to do two things.

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Honor Girl

Honor Girl

Maggie Thrash

Maggie Thrash has spent basically every summer of her fifteen-year-old life at the one-hundred-year-old Camp Bellflower for Girls, set deep in the heart of Appalachia. She's from Atlanta, she's never kissed a guy, she's into...

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Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out

Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out

Susan Kuklin

Six teens tell what it is like for them to be members of the transgender community --Dust jacket flap.

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Alex As Well

Alex As Well

Alyssa Brugman

What do you do when everybody says you're someone you're not? When 15-year-old Alex decides he is a girl no one knows how to react. Least of all her parents. Thankfully, Alex navigates life just beautifully her own way.

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Stephen Chbosky

A powerful and perceptive coming-of-age story, in the tradition of The Catcher in the Rye, from a talented young filmmaker, screenwriter and novelist.

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Boy Meets Boy

Boy Meets Boy

David Levithan

The unforgettable debut novel by co-author with John Green of Will Grayson, Will Grayson

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Benjamin Alire Saenz

This Printz Honor Book is a tender, honest exploration of identity (Publishers Weekly) that distils lyrical truths about family and friendship.

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 Read reviewCarry On

Carry On

Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell continues to break down boundaries with Carry On, an epic fantasy following the triumphs and heartaches of Simon and Baz from her beloved bestselling book, Fangirl.

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How They Met And Other Stories

How They Met And Other Stories

David Levithan

With this original story collection David Levithan proves that love is a varied, complicated, addictive, wonderful thing.

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 Read reviewUnbecoming

Unbecoming

Jenny Downham

A new and truly powerful novel from internationally bestselling Jenny Downham, author of Before I Die. Spanning three generations of women in one family, Jenny sensitively addresses dementia, single motherhood and teenage angst.

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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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Rethinking Normal: A Memoir in Transition

Rethinking Normal: A Memoir in Transition

Katie Rain Hill

In her unique, generous, and affecting voice, Katie Rain Hill shares her personal journey of undergoing gender reassignment as a high school student.

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Eon

Eon

Alison Goodman

Inspired by ancient Chinese lore, this thrilling novel of deadly politics, sexual intrigue and dazzling swordplay is set in a brilliantly envisioned world where both appearances and loyalties can prove deceptive.

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Clariel

Clariel

Garth Nix

Sixteen-year-old Clariel is not adjusting well to her new life in the city of Belisaere, the capital of the Old Kingdom. She misses roaming freely within the forests of Estwael, and she feels trapped within the stone city walls.

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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 backstage crew.

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I'll Give You the Sun

I’ll Give You the Sun

Jandy Nelson

From the critically acclaimed author of The Sky Is Everywhere, a radiant novel that will leave you laughing and crying - all at once. For fans of John Green, Gayle Forman and Lauren Oliver.

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The Flywheel

The Flywheel

Erin Gough

Seventeen-year-old Delilah's crazy life is about to get crazier. Ever since her father took off overseas, she's been struggling to run the family's cafe - The Flywheel - without him and survive high school. But after a misjudged...

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Ask the Passengers

Ask the Passengers

A. S. King

From a Michael L. Printz Honor author comes a powerful story about finding - and sharing - love.

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The Rest of Us Just Live Here

The Rest of Us Just Live Here

Patrick Ness

Award-winning writer Patrick Ness's bold and irreverent novel powerfully reminds us that there are many different types of remarkable.

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How To Be Happy: A Memoir of Sex, Love and Teenage Confusion

How To Be Happy: A Memoir of Sex, Love and Teenage Confusion

David Burton

A funny, sad and serious memoir, How to Be Happy is David Burton's story of his turbulent life at high school and beyond. Feeling out of place and convinced that he is not normal, David has a rocky start. He...

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Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir

Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir

Liz Prince

A novel about refusing gender boundaries, yet unwittingly embracing gender stereotypes at the same time, and realizing later in life that you can be just as much of a girl in jeans and a T-shirt as you can in a pink tutu.

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Clancy Of The Undertow

Clancy Of The Undertow

Christopher Currie

"Awkward, titless, something approaching hopeless." That's how Clancy describes herself. Harsh. But in a town like Barwen you only have to be a little different to feel like a freak. And Clancy, with a moderately...

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This Book is Gay

This Book is Gay

Juno Dawson

Including testimonials from people across the gender and sexual spectrums, this book explores everything anyone who ever dared to wonder wants to know - from sex to politics, how to pull, stereotypes, how to come-out and more.

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Fans of the Impossible Life

Fans of the Impossible Life

Kate Scelsa

A captivating and profound debut novel about complicated love and the friendships that have the power to transform you forever...

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Better Nate Than Ever

Better Nate Than Ever

Tim Federle, Marta Dlugolecka

Billy Elliot meets Glee! Tim Federle's warm and witty debut is the story of small-town boy Nate as he follows his dreams and learns to be his own best self. Judy Blume as seen through a Stephen Sondheim lens. Huffington Post

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