LGBTQ Novels for Teens

There are SO many good teen novels with LGBTQ characters, I found it hard to choose just a few! And there are more coming out every year (I can’t keep up, which is a really good thing! When I was a teen, it was all too easy to keep up. There were only about six.) Anyway, here are a few that I really enjoyed reading. I included my own books too, because– well, I enjoyed writing them! If you want more suggestions, the GAY YA master list, the ALA’s annual Rainbow List, and I’m Here. I’m Queer. What the Hell Do I Read? are all good places to browse! And if you find one you really love that isn’t on my list, please write and tell me! I’m always looking for more good books to read.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets Of The Universe, by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Everything Leads To You, by Nina Lacour

The Lies We Tell Ourselves, by Robin Talley

Simon and the Homosapiens Agenda, by Becky Albertalli

Lizard Radio, by Pat Schmatz

Not Otherwise Specified, by Hannah Moskowitz

If I Was Your Girl, by Meredith Russo

None of the Above, by I.W. Gregorio

Swimming In the Monsoon Sea, by Shyam Selvadurai

(You) Set Me on Fire, by Mariko Tamaki

Another Kind of Cowboy, by Susan Juby

Gravity, by Leanne Liebermann

Saving Montgomery Sole, by Mariko Tamaki

Way to Go, by Tom Ryan

Symptoms of Being Human, by Jeff Garvin

Inferno, by Robin Stevenson

Kaleidoscope Song, by Sarah Benwell

What We Left Behind, by Robin Talley

Fans of the Impossible Life, by Kate Scalza

We Are All Made of Molecules, by Susin Nielsen

More Happy Than Not, by Adam Silvera

Will Grayson, Will Grayson, by John Green and David Leviathan

Openly Straight, by Bill Konigsberg

Ash, by Malinda Lo

Adaptation (and sequel, Inheritance), by Malinda Lo

Two Boys Kissing, by David Levithan

My Heartbeat, by Garret Freyman-Weyr

If You Could Be Mine, by Sara Farizan

Tell Me Again How A Crush Should Feel, by Sara Farizan

Girl Mans Up, by M.E. Girard

Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You, by Peter Cameron

I’ll Give You the Sun, by Jandy Nelson

Beautiful Music for Ugly Children, by Kristin Cronn-Mills

Fat Angie, by E.E. Trujillo

Alex As Well, by Alyssa Brugman

Grasshopper Jungle, by Andrew Smith

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, by Jeanette Winterson

The Miseducation of Cameron Post, by Emily M. Danforth

Crush, by Carrie Mac

Big Guy, by Robin Stevenson

Under Threat, by Robin Stevenson

Femme, by Mette Bach


Middle Grade:

There are still not nearly enough middle grade books with LGBTQ characters, but there are some really good ones- and more coming out all the time. Here are a few to check out:

George, by Alex Gino

Lily and Dunkin, by Donna Gephart

Lumberjanes, by Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Brooke A. Allen and Noelle Stevenson

Better Nate Than Ever, by Tim Federle