Best Teen & Young Adult Fiction about LGBT Issues Books

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1. Nick and Charlie: A Solitaire Novella (A Heartstopper novella)

Author: by Alice Oseman

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A short novella based on the beloved characters from Alice Oseman’s acclaimed debut novel Solitaire and graphic novel series Heartstopper soon to be a major Netflix series. From the author of the 2021 YA Book Prize winning Loveless. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, right?

CHARLIE: I have been going out with Nick Nelson for two years. He likes rugby, Formula 1, dogs, the Marvel universe, the sound felt-tips make on paper, rain and drawing on shoes.He also likes me. NICK: Things me and Charlie Spring do together include: Watch films.

Sit in the same room on different laptops. Text each other from different rooms.Make out.Make food.Make drinks.Get drunk.Talk.Argue.Laugh. Maybe we’re kind of boring. But that’s fine with us. Everyone knows that Nick and Charlie are the perfect couple that they’re inseparable.

But now Nick is leaving for university, and Charlie will be left behind at Sixth Form. Everyone’s asking if they’re staying together, which is a stupid question they’re Nick and Charlie’ for God’s sake! But as the time to say goodbye gets inevitably closer, both Nick and Charlie question whether their love is strong enough to survive being apart.

2. This Winter: A Solitaire Novella (A Heartstopper novella)

Author: by Alice Oseman

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A short novella based on the beloved characters from Alice Oseman’s acclaimed debut novel Solitaire and graphic novel series Heartstopper soon to be a major Netflix series. From the author of the 2021 YA Book Prize winning Loveless. The festive season isn’t always happy for Tori Spring and her brother Charlie.

And this year’s going to be harder than most. I used to think that difficult was better than boring, but I know better nowI’m not going to think about the past few months, about Charlie and me, and all of the sad.

I’m going to block it all out Just for today.”Happy Christmas, ” I say.

3. Heartmates: A Young Adult m/m Romance

Author: by Marcus Herzig
June 15, 2021

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A tale of friendship, love, and second chancesThis Valentine’s Day, sixteen-year-old Lars Lofgren is crabby. Everyone is in love and reminding him he isn’t. Things proceed from bad to worse when Connor Perry, Lars’s former best friend and first crush who hasn’t spoken with him in three years, starts dating social media star Jaden-Dominic Choi.

Joining an illustrious cast of characters for a school production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, the former friends suddenly find themselves back in the same social circle, but it’s a complicated affair as Lars can’t seem to put his feelings for Connor behind him.

Put through the wringer as he is forced to revisit their shared history, Lars increasingly feels that history needs to be rewritten… From the author of Cupid Painted Blind and Never Do a Wrong Thing comes another endearing tale of boys loving boys.

4. Jumpstart the World

Author: by Catherine Ryan Hyde
October 12, 2010

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Elle is a loner.She doesn’t need people. Which is a good thing, because she’s on her own: she had to move into her own apartment so her mother’s boyfriend won’t have to deal with her. Then she meets Frank, the guy who lives next door.

He’s older and has a girlfriend, but Elle can’t stop thinking about him. Frank isn’t like anyone Elle has ever met.He listens to her.He’s gentle. And Elle is falling for him, hard. But Frank is different in a way that Elle was never prepared for: he’s transgender.

And when Elle learns the truth, her world is turned upside down. Now she’ll have to search inside herself to find not only the true meaning of friendship but her own role in jumpstarting the world. Tender, honest, and compassionate, Jumpstart the World is a stunning story to make you laugh, cry, and honor the power of love.

From the Hardcover edition.

5. Carry On

Author: by Rainbow Rowell
Macmillan Children's Books
528 pages

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Come for the make-outs and stay for the magic – The Atlantic Simon Snow just wants to relax and savour his last year at the Watford School of Magicks, but no one will let him. His girlfriend broke up with him, his best friend is a pest and his mentor keeps trying to hide him away in the mountains where maybe he’ll be safe.

Simon can’t even enjoy the fact that his room-mate and longtime nemesis is missing, because he can’t stop worrying about the evil git. Plus there are ghosts.And vampires. And actual evil things trying to shut Simon down. When you’re the most powerful magician the world has ever known, you never get to relax and savour anything.

Based on the characters Simon and Baz who featured in Rainbow Rowell’s bestselling Fangirl, Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story – but far, far more monsters.

6. The Girls I've Been

Author: by Tess Sharpe

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Soon to be a Netflix film starring Stranger Things’ Millie Bobby Brown – this must-read psychological thriller, perfect for fans of One of Us Is Lying, will leave you guessing until the final page. As an ex con artist, Nora has always got herself out of tricky situations.

But the ultimate test lies in wait when she’s taken hostage in a bank heist. And this time, Nora doesn’t have an escape plan …Meet Nora. Also known as Rebecca, Samantha, Haley, Katie and Ashley – the girls she’s been.

Nora didn’t choose a life of deception – she was born into it. As the daughter of a con artist who targeted criminal men, Nora always had to play a part. But when her mother fell for one of the men instead of conning him, Nora pulled the ultimate con herself: escape.

For five years Nora’s been playing at normal – but things are far from it when she finds herself held at gunpoint in the middle of a bank heist, along with Wes (her ex-boyfriend) and Iris (her secret new girlfriend and mutual friend of Wes …Awkward).

7. Suicide Notes

Author: by Michael Thomas Ford
January 25, 2011

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An unforgettable coming of age novel for fans of 13 Reasons Why, It’s Kind of a Funny Story, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Fifteen-year-old Jeff wakes up on New Year’s Day to find himself in the hospitalspecifically, in the psychiatric ward.

Despite the bandages on his wrists, he’s positive this is all some huge mistake. Jeff is perfectly fine, perfectly normal; not like the other kids in the hospital with him. But over the course of the next forty-five days, Jeff begins to understand why he ended up hereand realizes he has more in common with the other kids than he thought.

With a sprinkling of dark humor and a full measure of humanness, Suicide Notes is quirky, surprising, and a riveting read. Ellen Hopkins, author of The You I’ve Never Known and Love Lies BeneathLike the very best teen novels, Suicide Notes is both classic and edgy, timeless and provocative.

Brent Hartinger, author of Geography ClubMakes a powerful emotional impact. Publishers Weekly (starred review)Jeff’s wit and self-discovery are refreshing, poignant, and, at times, laugh-out-loud funny. School Library Journal

8. You're the One That I Want (The funniest YA romance of the summer!)

Author: by Simon James Green

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“A hilariously rude, sweetly addictive YA romance” The Guardian “Heartfelt and hilarious” Attitude Magazine “Heartwarming. A beautiful gay coming-of-age story” The Nerd Daily According to the rule, Freddie has to say “yes”. Freddie is unremarkable – too unremarkable. He doesn’t stand out in any way, and in fact teachers and fellow students keep forgetting who he is.

Even his mum thinks he’s a disappointment, and spends almost all her time at work, producing a TV show. After a particularly awful night when he embarrasses himself in front of Jasper Perry (the gorgeous teen star of his mum’s new show), Freddie decides to follow a new, proactive philosophy designed to transform his social and romantic life: saying ‘yes’ to every opportunity.It works!

Freddie finds himself auditioning for the school musical (Grease), actually going to parties, and flirting with hot new boy Zach! He’s becoming a whole new Freddie – maybe even one that his mum might be proud of. But the path to love is never smooth, and sometimes getting things very wrong is an important part of figuring out what – and who – you really want.

9. Alex in Wonderland

Author: by Simon James Green
400 pages

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A novel that will have you laughing out loud one minute, and swooning the next! “Simon James Green is one of the most hilarious, heart-flippingly romantic, charmingly observant writers in the game right now.” – Becky Albertalli, author of Love, Simon In the town of Newsands, painfully shy Alex is abandoned by his two best friends for the summer.

But he unexpectedly lands a part-time job at Wonderland, a run-down amusement arcade on the seafront, where he gets to know the other teen misfits who work there. Alex starts to come out of his shell, and even starts to develop feelings for co-worker Ben …

Who, as Alex’s bad luck would have it, has a girlfriend. Then as debtors close in on Wonderland and mysterious, threatening notes start to appear, Alex and his new friends take it on themselves to save their declining employer. But, like everything in Wonderland, nothing is quite what it seems…

10. The Things We Don't See

Author: by Savannah Brown
Penguin (June 24, 2021)

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The new gripping YA thriller from online sensation Savannah Brown, author of The Truth About Keeping Secrets, Graffiti, and Sweetdark. Perfect for fans of Karen McManus, Holly Jackson’s A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder and E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars.

When fledgling singer Roxy Raines vanishes from the tiny resort of Sandown, the island’s locals refuse to talk about it to any outsiders, dismissing Roxy as a teenage runaway. Thirty years later, seventeen-year-old Mona Perry is convinced there’s something more sinister at play.

Armed with a suitcase and a microphone – to record her findings for her podcast’s listeners – the troubled teen is on a deadline: one hot summer is all she has to get to the bottom of Roxy’s story. But as Mona gets drawn into the strange goings on of this isolated community, it becomes clear that nothing is as it seems.

Least of all Mona’s own past, and the disappearance of someone else, someone much closer to her… How far will she go to uncover the truth? Praise for The Things We Don’t See:’A propulsive mystery driven by beautifully raw narration …

11. Keeping You a Secret

Author: by Julie Anne Peters
July 31, 2007

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National Book Award finalist Julie Anne Peters delivers a moving, classic love story with a coming out theme and a modern twist. With a steady boyfriend, the position of Student Council President, and a chance to go to an Ivy League college, high school life is just fine for Holland Jaeger.

At least, it seems to be. But when Cece Goddard comes to school, everything changes. Cece and Holland have undeniable feelings for each other, but how will others react to their developing relationship? This moving love story between two girls is for fans of Nancy Garden’s classic young adult coming out novel, Annie on My Mind.

With her characteristic humor and breezy style, Peters has captured the compelling emotions of young love.

12. Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Author: by John Green
April 6, 2010

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Two award-winning and New York Timesbestselling author join forces for a collaborative novel of awesome proportions. One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teensboth named Will Graysonare about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most fabulous high school musical.

Hilarious, poignant, and deeply insightful, John Green and David Levithan’s collaborative novel is brimming with a double helping of the heart and humor that have won them both legions of faithful fans. A New York Times Book Review Editor’s ChoiceAn ALA Stonewall Honor Book Will Grayson, Will Grayson is a complete romp.

[It is] so funny, rude and original that by the time flowers hit the stage, even the musical-averse will cheer. The New York Times Book Review Will have readers simultaneously laughing, crying and singing at the top of their lungs.

13. Hani and Ishu's Guide to Fake Dating

Author: by Adiba Jaigirdar

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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 Albertalli.

Everyone likes Hani Khan – she’s easy going and one of the most popular girls at school. But when she comes out to her friends as bisexual, they don’t believe her, claiming she can’t be bi if she’s only dated guys.

Panicked, Hani blurts out that she’s in a relationship… With a girl her friends can’t stand – Ishu Dey. Ishu is the polar opposite of Hani. An academic overachiever, she hopes that becoming head girl will set her on the right track for university.Her only problem?

Becoming head girl is a popularity contest and Ishu is hardly popular. Pretending to date Hani is the only way she’ll stand a chance of being elected. Despite their mutually beneficial pact, they start developing real feelings for each other.

But some people will do anything to stop two Bengali girls from achieving happily ever after.

14. Luna

Author: by Julie Anne Peters
September 15, 2008

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A groundbreaking novel about a transgender teen, selected as a National Book Award Finalist! Regan’s brother Liam can’t stand the person he is during the day. Like the moon from whom Liam has chosen his female name, his true self, Luna, only reveals herself at night.

In the secrecy of his basement bedroom Liam transforms himself into the beautiful girl he longs to be, with help from his sister’s clothes and makeup. Now, everything is about to change: Luna is preparing to emerge from her cocoon.

But are Liam’s family and friends ready to elcome Luna into their lives? Compelling and provocative, this is an unforgettable novel about a transgender teen’s struggle for self-identity and acceptance.

15. The Henna Wars

Author: by Adiba Jaigirdar

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Nishat and Flvia 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, heart-warming, queer YA love story for fans of Becky Albertalli.

When Nishat comes out to her parents, they say she can be anyone she wants – as long as she isn’t herself. Because Muslim girls aren’t lesbians. Nishat doesn’t want to lose her family, but she also doesn’t want to hide who she is, which only gets harder once Flvia walks into her life.

Beautiful and charismatic, Flvia takes Nishat’s breath away. But as their lives become tangled, they’re caught up in a rivalry that gets in the way of any feelings they might have for each other. Can Nishat find a way to be true to herself…And find love too?

Adiba Jaigirdar is a stunning new voice in young adult fiction, writing uplifting, authentic stories from a Bengali-Irish perspective.

16. Surrender Your Sons

Author: by Adam Sass
September 15, 2020

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Connor Major’s summer break is turning into a nightmare. His SAT scores bombed, the old man he delivers meals to died, and when he came out to his religious zealot mother, she had him kidnapped and shipped off to a secluded island.

His final destination: Nightlight Ministries, a conversion therapy camp that will be his new home until he changes. But Connor’s troubles are only beginning. At Nightlight, everyone has something to hidefrom the campers to the converted staff and cagey camp directorand it quickly becomes clear that no one is safe.

Connor plans to escape and bring the other kidnapped teens with him. But first, he’s exposing the camp’s horrible truths for what they areand taking this place down.