Young Adult LGBT Books

“My son is an avid reader and sometimes reads several books a week. After he came out to me, I felt that it was important for him to read books that are inclusive and that include characters who are like him. These books have meant a lot to my son. He loves to talk to me about the books and how he connects to the characters and stories (or sometimes not at all!). His Dad and I will sometimes read the books, too, and we have even passed them on to others. Reading these books has given my son more confidence. I hope you enjoy these books as much as our family has.”

Ages 9 and Up

Better Nate Than Ever – Tim Federle

The Misfits series – James Howe

Totally Joe-James Howe

Ages 10 and Up

Drama – Raina Telgemeier

Five, Six, Seven, Nate – Tim Federle

Husky-Justin Sayre

Marco Impossible-Hannah Moskowitz

So Hard to Say – Alex Sanchez

Ages 12 and Up

Absolutely, Positively Not – David LaRochelle

Anything Could Happen – Will Walton

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Bait – Alex Sanchez

Boy Meets Boy-David Levithan

Draw the Line-Laurent Linn

Gemini Bites – P.E. Ryan

One Man Guy – Michael Barakiva

Promposal – Rhonda Helms

The Rise and Fall of A Theater Geek-Seth Rudetsky

Two Boys Kissing – David Levithan

Ages 13 and Up

Boyfriends with Girlfriends – Alex Sanchez

Breaking Saint Jude-Nikki Godwin

Carry On – Rainbow Rowell

Fan Art– Sarah Tregay

Saints of Augustine – P.E. Ryan

True Letters From a Fictional Life-Kenneth Logan

Ages 14 and Up

The Before Now and After Then-Peter Monn

Coins in the Coffee Cup-Ambriehl Khalil

Every Inferno-Johanna Parkhurst

Falling From the Sky-Nikki Godwin

The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley-Shaun David Hutchinson

The Geography Club – Brent Hartinger

The God Box-Alex Sanchez

The Great American Whatever-Tim Federle

Highly Illogical Behavior – John Corey Whaley

Hold Me Closer – David Levithan

I’ll Give You the Sun – Jandy Nelson

Jerkbait-Mia Siegert

More Happy Than Not-Adam Silvera

Openly Straight – Bill Konigsberg

Out of the Pocket-Bill Konigsberg

The Rest of Us Just Live Here – Patrick Ness

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli

The Vast Fields of Ordinary – Nick Burd

We Are the Ants – Shaun David Hutchinson

What They Always Tell Us – Martin Wilson

Whatever: or how junior year became totally f$@ked – S.J. Goslee

Will Grayson Will Grayson – John Green and David Levithan

You and Me and Him – Kris Dinnison



Ages 8 and Up

George – Alex Gino

Ages 10 and Up

Gracefully Grayson – Ami Polonsky

Lily and Dunkin – Donna Gephart

Ages 10 and Up

The Art of Being Normal – Lisa Williamson

Luna – Julie Ann Peterson


Science Fiction

Ages 12 and Up

The Culling-Steven Dos Santos

Guardian – Alex London

Proxy – Alex London

The Raising-Steven Dos Santos

The Sowing-Steven Dos Santos

Ages 13 and Up

Dagger – Steven Dos Santos

Ages 14 and Up

The Knife of Never Letting Go – Patrick Ness

More Happy Than Not-Adam Silvera

Noggin – John Corey Whaley

Willful Machines – Tim Floreen


Ages 12 and Up

The Half Bad Trilogy – Sally Green

Ages 13 and Up

Seven Tears At High Tide-C.B. Lee

Ages 14 and Up

The Darkest Part of the Forest – Holly Black

Hero-Perry Moore

The Red Sun Rises – Victoria Kinnaird

Wonders of the Invisible World – Christopher Barzak


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Steven dos Santos

I can’t tell you how honored I am that my books (The Culling, The Sowing, The Raising, & Dagger) were on this list! I hope your son enjoyed them and if he would like a signed copy please let me know! 🙂

My son really enjoyed your books and is looking forward to your next one!