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25 LGBT YA Books You've Got To Get Your Hands On

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We asked the BuzzFeed Community which YA LGBT books are a must-read and why. Here are all the amazing recommendations.

1. Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown

"Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown is about an out daughter of an accepting pastor who moves to a smaller town and decides to re-closet herself, but then winds up falling for one of her friends."—ivannai4d6012717Get it from Amazon for $12.59, Barnes & Noble for $8.63, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.
lifeinlit / Via Instagram: @lifeinlit

"Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown is about an out daughter of an accepting pastor who moves to a smaller town and decides to re-closet herself, but then winds up falling for one of her friends."

ivannai4d6012717

Get it from Amazon for $12.59, Barnes & Noble for $8.63, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

2. Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

"Aside from the gorgeous cover, the story is raw, real, and potentially very relatable for both members of the LGBT community and outside of it. The novel follows Tanner, who is a bisexual teen living in a Mormon community. He feels isolated because he is not Mormon, and while everyone views homosexuality as a sin, he is quietly falling for another guy. He’s also struggling to write a novel and is faced with the tough decision of where to go to college the following year. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves to read. It’s tragically underrated and much deserving of everyone’s love!" —animaljyGet it from Amazon for $13.29, Barnes & Noble for $14.22, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.
love.of.fiction / Via Instagram: @love.of.fiction

"Aside from the gorgeous cover, the story is raw, real, and potentially very relatable for both members of the LGBT community and outside of it. The novel follows Tanner, who is a bisexual teen living in a Mormon community. He feels isolated because he is not Mormon, and while everyone views homosexuality as a sin, he is quietly falling for another guy. He’s also struggling to write a novel and is faced with the tough decision of where to go to college the following year. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves to read. It’s tragically underrated and much deserving of everyone’s love!" —animaljy

Get it from Amazon for $13.29, Barnes & Noble for $14.22, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

3. Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin

"At the time, I was dating a non-binary kid. This book really helped me understand what they were going through to an extent and how to help them. The main character, Riley, also has severe anxiety, which I related to as well."—graciej4ce6e4ab6Get it from Amazon for $12.59, Barnes & Noble for $8.63, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.
forest__head / Via Instagram: @forest__head

"At the time, I was dating a non-binary kid. This book really helped me understand what they were going through to an extent and how to help them. The main character, Riley, also has severe anxiety, which I related to as well."

graciej4ce6e4ab6

Get it from Amazon for $12.59, Barnes & Noble for $8.63, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

4. Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

"The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue holds a special place in my heart. It has magic, pirates, adventure, and represents sexualities that are usually invisible in media. The main character is bisexual and his sister, another main character, is asexual. It’s so hard to find proper asexual representation in media, and Felicity is it. She’s beautiful, smart, brave, and her asexuality isn’t used as a punchline." —Liana Coccovizzo, FacebookGet it from Amazon for $13.29, Barnes & Noble for $14.22, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.
lysskaye. reads / Via Instagram: @lysskaye.reads

"The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue holds a special place in my heart. It has magic, pirates, adventure, and represents sexualities that are usually invisible in media. The main character is bisexual and his sister, another main character, is asexual. It’s so hard to find proper asexual representation in media, and Felicity is it. She’s beautiful, smart, brave, and her asexuality isn’t used as a punchline." —Liana Coccovizzo, Facebook

Get it from Amazon for $13.29, Barnes & Noble for $14.22, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

5. They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

"This is such a sweet love story and is just a great novel in general."—roonrhi20Get it from Amazon for $15.09, Barnes & Noble for $16.15, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.
stevenaguilar25 / Via Instagram: @stevenaguilar25

"This is such a sweet love story and is just a great novel in general."

roonrhi20

Get it from Amazon for $15.09, Barnes & Noble for $16.15, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

6. If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

"If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo. It’s about a transgender girl navigating high school with her newfound lady parts. Definitely opened my eyes!"—kirstinguardianGet it from Amazon for $12.23, Barnes & Noble for $13.31, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.
alexalovesbooks / Via Instagram: @alexalovesbooks

"If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo. It’s about a transgender girl navigating high school with her newfound lady parts. Definitely opened my eyes!"

kirstinguardian

Get it from Amazon for $12.23, Barnes & Noble for $13.31, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

7. Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman

"Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman, both the book and the film adaptation are excellent. It's about the romance that forms between these two complex characters (that are both bi) throughout the course of the summer. It is realistic and sad and beautiful and 100% worth the read."—aylinxGet it from Amazon for $19.06, Barnes & Noble for $21.28, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.
library_of_a_londoner / Via Instagram: @library_of_a_londoner

"Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman, both the book and the film adaptation are excellent. It's about the romance that forms between these two complex characters (that are both bi) throughout the course of the summer. It is realistic and sad and beautiful and 100% worth the read."

aylinx

Get it from Amazon for $19.06, Barnes & Noble for $21.28, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

8. Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things by Martina McAtee

"Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things by Martina McAtee is fantastic! The entire series is amazing, and every LGBT character plays a super important role in the books. HIGHLY recommended!"—elizabetha40f5fdafdGet it from Amazon for $17.05, Barnes & Noble for $18.99, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.
zrhrbnsn / Via Instagram: @zrhrbnsn

"Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things by Martina McAtee is fantastic! The entire series is amazing, and every LGBT character plays a super important role in the books. HIGHLY recommended!"

elizabetha40f5fdafd

Get it from Amazon for $17.05, Barnes & Noble for $18.99, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

9. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

“Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. It has magic, vampires, diversity, and is just a wonderful LGBT story in general."—fix9Get it from Amazon for $14.99, Barnes & Noble for $16.19, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.
secretsandouterspace / Via Instagram: @secretsandouterspace

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. It has magic, vampires, diversity, and is just a wonderful LGBT story in general."

fix9

Get it from Amazon for $14.99, Barnes & Noble for $16.19, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

10. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

“Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is a book I read every summer. It tackles growing up bicultural and dealing with your own cultural insecurities as well as coming to that realization that you’re in love. As a biracial Latina myself, the story comforts me and reminds me that I’m valid in my own uniqueness."—lindsayc45dafb9ddGet it from Amazon for $13.58, Barnes & Noble for $17.01, or a local bookseller through Indiebound.
marleyreads / Via instagram.com

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is a book I read every summer. It tackles growing up bicultural and dealing with your own cultural insecurities as well as coming to that realization that you’re in love. As a biracial Latina myself, the story comforts me and reminds me that I’m valid in my own uniqueness."

lindsayc45dafb9dd

Get it from Amazon for $13.58, Barnes & Noble for $17.01, or a local bookseller through Indiebound.

11. I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

“I’ll Give You The Sun is a wonderful LGBT/family drama story. It switches between the perspectives of two siblings who have drifted apart since their mother's death. The brother comes out as gay and struggles with it from a young age. Through the story, he has a love interest who constantly makes an appearance. Overall, it’s a really well-written and very entertaining story." —misariapGet it from Amazon for $8.79, Barnes & Noble for $9.41, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.
_livelaughread / Via Instagram: @_livelaughread

I’ll Give You The Sun is a wonderful LGBT/family drama story. It switches between the perspectives of two siblings who have drifted apart since their mother's death. The brother comes out as gay and struggles with it from a young age. Through the story, he has a love interest who constantly makes an appearance. Overall, it’s a really well-written and very entertaining story." —misariap

Get it from Amazon for $8.79, Barnes & Noble for $9.41, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

12. Debbie Harry Sings in French by Meagan Brothers

"It's about a boy named Johnny who's super into goth fashion and low-key dabbling in makeup. He discovers Blondie and falls in love with Debbie Harry, but doesn't just love her, he kinda wants to BE her. He goes on this self-discovery journey because he thinks if you want to dress up like a girl, you have to be gay — but he has a girlfriend. It introduced me to the idea of gender fluidity and breaking down these gender norms long before I knew that I really enjoyed bending those rules myself."—theperksofbeingadirewolfGet it from Amazon for $16.99, Barnes & Noble for $16.99, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.
dbinks / Via Instagram: @dbinks

"It's about a boy named Johnny who's super into goth fashion and low-key dabbling in makeup. He discovers Blondie and falls in love with Debbie Harry, but doesn't just love her, he kinda wants to BE her. He goes on this self-discovery journey because he thinks if you want to dress up like a girl, you have to be gay — but he has a girlfriend. It introduced me to the idea of gender fluidity and breaking down these gender norms long before I knew that I really enjoyed bending those rules myself."

theperksofbeingadirewolf

Get it from Amazon for $16.99, Barnes & Noble for $16.99, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

13. It’s Not Like It’s a Secret by Misa Suguira

"A charming and sweet read. The two main characters are both wlw, and as a women-loving-woman of color, I enjoyed it very much."—punjabipakoraGet it from Amazon for $12.59, Barnes & Noble for $13.61, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.
lauras_book_addiction / Via Instagram: @lauras_book_addiction

"A charming and sweet read. The two main characters are both wlw, and as a women-loving-woman of color, I enjoyed it very much."

punjabipakora

Get it from Amazon for $12.59, Barnes & Noble for $13.61, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

14. The Letter Q: Queer Writers' Letters to their Younger Selves by Sarah Moon and James Lecesne

"PLEASE read The Letter Q. It is an anthology of letters LGBT writers have written to their younger selves. As a mentally ill gay man living in the south, this book changed, saved, and gave hope to my life. I don't have my copy on me right now, but it is so dog-eared and battered you would think it has lived through a war! I want to give a copy to every LGBT youth who is struggling." —zoegaigeGet it from Amazon for $9.73, Barnes & Noble for $14.21, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.
borrowedbookshelf / Via Instagram: @borrowedbookshelf

"PLEASE read The Letter Q. It is an anthology of letters LGBT writers have written to their younger selves. As a mentally ill gay man living in the south, this book changed, saved, and gave hope to my life. I don't have my copy on me right now, but it is so dog-eared and battered you would think it has lived through a war! I want to give a copy to every LGBT youth who is struggling." —zoegaige

Get it from Amazon for $9.73, Barnes & Noble for $14.21, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

15. Keeping You A Secret by Julie Anne Peters

"Keeping You A Secret by Julie Anne Peters got me through tough times in high school in 2007 through 2009. It was the first book I read that really hit close to home, and I really connected with the character in a different way."—j4f8afb3d9Get it from Amazon for $10, Barnes & Noble for $10.80, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.
jctheexplorer / Via Instagram: @jctheexplorer

"Keeping You A Secret by Julie Anne Peters got me through tough times in high school in 2007 through 2009. It was the first book I read that really hit close to home, and I really connected with the character in a different way."

j4f8afb3d9

Get it from Amazon for $10, Barnes & Noble for $10.80, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

16. Ash by Malinda Lo

"Ash by Malinda Lo! It’s a queer re-telling of what Cinderella could have been."—meaghanhoneybadgerbGet it from Amazon for $7.23, Barnes & Noble for $8.13, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.
readingeverypage / Via Instagram: @readingeverypage

"Ash by Malinda Lo! It’s a queer re-telling of what Cinderella could have been."

meaghanhoneybadgerb

Get it from Amazon for $7.23, Barnes & Noble for $8.13, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

17. Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

"There are so many good ones, but I'd really recommend Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan. It's got to be my favorite, and I've read it too many times to count. It focuses on Craig and Harry, who are trying to set the world record for longest kiss. There's also Peter and Neil, Avery (who is trans), Ryan, and Cooper, who's struggling. I couldn't really do it justice here, but you should definitely check it out."—thnksfrthmemes7Get it from Amazon for $9.35, Barnes & Noble for $9.99, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.
agent.clements / Via Instagram: @agent.clements

"There are so many good ones, but I'd really recommend Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan. It's got to be my favorite, and I've read it too many times to count. It focuses on Craig and Harry, who are trying to set the world record for longest kiss. There's also Peter and Neil, Avery (who is trans), Ryan, and Cooper, who's struggling. I couldn't really do it justice here, but you should definitely check it out."

thnksfrthmemes7

Get it from Amazon for $9.35, Barnes & Noble for $9.99, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

18. Luna by Julie Anne Peters

"This was the first YA book that had a trans character in the story and dealt with the idea of transitioning and gender dysmorphia over a decade ago." —dcelis11Get it from Amazon for $8.79, Barnes & Noble for $9.49, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.
wilakengah / Via Instagram: @wilakengah

"This was the first YA book that had a trans character in the story and dealt with the idea of transitioning and gender dysmorphia over a decade ago." —dcelis11

Get it from Amazon for $8.79, Barnes & Noble for $9.49, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

19. Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

“Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst is definitely a must-read! It’s set in a fantasy world where a princess of one kingdom must marry the prince of another, but she falls for someone else. The person she falls for isn’t a peasant or a stable boy or some other prince, but another princess. It’s really amazing and emotional and I 1000% recommend it."—ajgartsyGet it from Amazon for $7.99, Barnes & Noble for $8.63, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.
booksandravens / Via Instagram: @booksandravens

Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst is definitely a must-read! It’s set in a fantasy world where a princess of one kingdom must marry the prince of another, but she falls for someone else. The person she falls for isn’t a peasant or a stable boy or some other prince, but another princess. It’s really amazing and emotional and I 1000% recommend it."

ajgartsy

Get it from Amazon for $7.99, Barnes & Noble for $8.63, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

20. Stranger Than Fanfiction by Chris Colfer

"This story is about the lead actor in a hit TV show, Whiz Kids. When four fans jokingly invite him on a road trip, he accepts the invitation to their surprise. As they travel across the country, you experience the coming out of both Sam and Joey. Sam, who is FTM transgender, deals with how his beauty queen mom will take the news while also trying to figure out how to tell his best friend, Topher, who has been in love with him for years. Joey, the son of a Baptist Pastor, deals with coming out to his friends and how his family will accept the news. This story has many twists and turns and will put you on an emotional roller coaster, but viewing how the LGBT community impacts this entire story, there is one thing we can all agree on: Chris Colfer is still the LGBT icon we need and deserve." —coldpaige4Get it from Amazon for $10.04, Barnes & Noble for $10.99, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.
chriscolfer / Via Instagram: @chriscolfer

"This story is about the lead actor in a hit TV show, Whiz Kids. When four fans jokingly invite him on a road trip, he accepts the invitation to their surprise. As they travel across the country, you experience the coming out of both Sam and Joey. Sam, who is FTM transgender, deals with how his beauty queen mom will take the news while also trying to figure out how to tell his best friend, Topher, who has been in love with him for years. Joey, the son of a Baptist Pastor, deals with coming out to his friends and how his family will accept the news. This story has many twists and turns and will put you on an emotional roller coaster, but viewing how the LGBT community impacts this entire story, there is one thing we can all agree on: Chris Colfer is still the LGBT icon we need and deserve." —coldpaige4

Get it from Amazon for $10.04, Barnes & Noble for $10.99, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

21. In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan

"This is the best YA fantasy I’ve read! It breaks every trope, has LGBTQ characters that aren’t caricatures, and contains an adorably exasperating main character. Five stars!"—awalkerlibGet it from Amazon for $13.04, Barnes & Noble for $14.76, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.
jaimearkin / Via Instagram: @jaimearkin

"This is the best YA fantasy I’ve read! It breaks every trope, has LGBTQ characters that aren’t caricatures, and contains an adorably exasperating main character. Five stars!"

awalkerlib

Get it from Amazon for $13.04, Barnes & Noble for $14.76, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

22. Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

"Leah on the Offbeat features bisexual representation of two women, body positivity, and racial diversity!" —bittylawheadGet it from Amazon for $14.86, Barnes & Noble for $14.39, or from your local indie bookstore through Indiebound here.
books.my.shelf.and.i / Via Instagram: @books.my.shelf.and.i

"Leah on the Offbeat features bisexual representation of two women, body positivity, and racial diversity!"

bittylawhead

Get it from Amazon for $14.86, Barnes & Noble for $14.39, or from your local indie bookstore through Indiebound here.

23. Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann

“Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann is probably one of my favorites. The protagonist is biromantic and asexual, and it follows her as she falls for someone more intensely than she’s ever fallen before, which is naturally adorable and awkward."—germanabigailbrownGet it from Amazon for $15.29, Barnes & Noble for $15.47, or a local bookseller through Indiebound here.
withoutshelves / Via Instagram: @withoutshelves

Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann is probably one of my favorites. The protagonist is biromantic and asexual, and it follows her as she falls for someone more intensely than she’s ever fallen before, which is naturally adorable and awkward."

germanabigailbrown

Get it from Amazon for $15.29, Barnes & Noble for $15.47, or a local bookseller through Indiebound here.

24. Cut Both Ways by Carrie Mesrobian

"This book is one of my favorites. It discusses bisexuality, which I find to be a rarity in LGBT fiction. Plus, it’s a very impactful read."—hannahl4dab7cb08Get it from Amazon for $7.99, Barnes & Noble for $9.99, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.
nollybook / Via instagram/nollybook

"This book is one of my favorites. It discusses bisexuality, which I find to be a rarity in LGBT fiction. Plus, it’s a very impactful read."

hannahl4dab7cb08

Get it from Amazon for $7.99, Barnes & Noble for $9.99, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

25. The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth

"The Miseducation of Cameron Post is definitely my favourite. I read it when I was around 15 and it was really pivotal for me as a queer kid just coming to terms with my sexuality. Emily Danforth's writing is amazing, the characters are wonderfully crafted, and the theme of the book is so important."—Mariana Borati, Facebook.Get it from Amazon for $7.99, Barnes & Noble for $8.55, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.
nouksworld / Via Instagram: @nouksworld

"The Miseducation of Cameron Post is definitely my favourite. I read it when I was around 15 and it was really pivotal for me as a queer kid just coming to terms with my sexuality. Emily Danforth's writing is amazing, the characters are wonderfully crafted, and the theme of the book is so important."

—Mariana Borati, Facebook.

Get it from Amazon for $7.99, Barnes & Noble for $8.55, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

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