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8 LGBT Young Adults Books You Need to Read
When school is out, there is plenty of time for kids to catch up on non-required reading, and LGBT young adult books are a good option. Here are some of our favorite LGBT young adult books to get kids reading this season and kickstart conversations about gender, sexual identity, and coming-of-age. Books should represent life’s diversity, and these LGBT young adult books do just that.
Not to Be Missed LGBT Young Adult Books
Better Nate Than Never | Tim Federle
In Tim Federle’s middle grade novel, Nate Foster is a young boy in Jankburg, Pennsylvania who feels ostracized from his conventional family and bullied at school. He has big dreams of Broadway stardom, and hatches a plan to escape to New York for an audition. This is one of those rare books that manages to be very fun without shying away from some tough issues.
The Misfits | James Howe
James Howe’s The Misfits, the first of a series of books about a group of teenagers who form their own political party for school elections, may be a very relevant summer read in a year that teens will surely hear a lot about politics. In what often seems like a politically-tinged Breakfast Club, Howe uses these four teens, including a “hooligan” and a gay teen, to explore topics like bullying and exclusion.
Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out | Susan Kuklin
Finally, here’s an excellent work of nonfiction that combines interviews with photographs of six transgender or gender-neutral teenagers to tell incredible personal stories of growing up outside of the gender binary. Susan Kuklin is a great interviewer, and through candid photographs and enlightening questions, the stories of transition and self-acceptance show a wide range of experiences and outcomes within the trans community.
Boy Meets Boy | David Levithan
Any of David Levithan’s books would make an excellent addition to this list, but his first novel is a great introduction to the author. Boy Meets Boy takes place in a fictional, very pro-LGBT New Jersey town, and tells the story of high school couple Paul and Noah’s ups and downs, subverting the “boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy wins girl back” structure that’s so prevalent in romantic works.
A + E 4ever | Ilike Merey
Graphic novels tackling LGBT issues have seen quite a surge in the past few years, with high profile titles like Fun Home portraying characters and stories that mainstream comics often steer away from. a + e 4ever is an excellent graphic novel that pushes the conversation even further, telling the story of two young genderqueer characters united by art and existing outside of gender binaries.
If I Was Your Girl | Meredith Russo
A new girl with a secret moves into town. In the same way that Boy Meets Boy upended a familiar romantic structure, Meredith Russo’s If I Was Your Girl reinvents a well-worn YA trope, exploring life after transitioning–as well as navigating relationships, gender roles and expectations, and family dynamics–through the eyes of Amanda, a trans teen finding her place in a new town and school.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe | Sáenz
This award-winning novel by Benjamin Alire Saenz explores identity from several different angles as it follows the relationship between two 15-year-old boys over the course of a year. Dante and Ari begin as friends, but the two realize their connection is much deeper. If you’re looking for an audiobook for a car trip, this would be a great one to check out: it’s narrated by Hamilton star Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Far From You | Tess Sharpe
Looking for something a little darker? Tess Sharpe’s Far From You is a gritty thriller featuring a bisexual protagonist recovering from addiction. This definitely isn’t one for younger readers, but older teens will be enthralled by Sophie’s search for her friend Mina’s killer, as well as her struggle to navigate her sexuality and stay clean even as she faces increased danger as she seeks the truth.
LGBT Young Adult Books to Read
Whether the kids are into fiction, nonfiction, or graphic novels, they’re sure to find something on this list to stay entertained and informed all summer. Toss one of these LGBT young adult books in your beach bag and get reading!
Any favorites we missed? Are there any LGBT young adult books your family is looking forward to reading this summer? Be sure to let us know!