Help me find good YA gay/*lesbian* fiction please? =)
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truth, dare promise
girl walking backwards
good moon rising
empress of the world
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I liked the already-mentioned Keeping You a Secret and Empress of the World, as well as the not-mentioned Kissing Kate. Oh, and I also liked Crush by Jane Futcher, although Amazon didn't review it that positively. (It may be because the main character is lacking in confidence and is easily manipulated.)
It all depends on what kind of book you want. Gritty and realistic? Optimistic and uplifting? Young adult fiction in general tends to be more of the latter (or, if the former, somewhat more censored) than adult fiction. And then also: do you want the traditional coming-out-to-oneself book? Or the already-out-but-dealing-with-life kind?
Anyway, this might help you out a bit:
There's an article for gay (male) teen fiction too, but it's a bit more disorganized.
Some gay-themed YA authors to look for are Julie Anne Peters, Nancy Garden, Brent Hartinger, and Alex Sanchez (although his books can grow tiresome). The selection's slightly bigger if it's beyond YA fiction, like Jeanette Winterson, who I don't really think of as a YA author, although I don't know her books terribly well.
it's nothing that the teens aren't thinking about or actually doing anyhow ;) ... that's just me though.
oh, one to avoid would be sugar rush which irritated me no end.
an lot of the older titles are worth looking into - happy endings are all alike is fantastic, though a little bleaker and hey dollface is one of my favourite YA books dealing with same-sex crushes between kids who don't know what way they are going yet.
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- 7 Days at the Hot Corner by Terry Trueman. "Varsity baseball player Scott Latimer struggles with his own prejudices and those of others when his best friend reveals that he is gay."
-Split Screen: Attack of the Soul-Sucking Brain Zombies/Bride of the Soul-Sucking Brain Zombies by Brent Hartinger. Two books in one that tell of Russel, who is gay, and Min, who is bisexual, as they face separate romantic troubles on the set of a horror movie.
it's fascinating question of what defines a YA novel over an adult novel - things like clan of the cave bear et al, which i know most of my friends read as teenagers and subsequently taught us more about sex than sex ed. ever did.... i almost categorize that as YA, which may be heresy, as it was marketed for an adult audience without a doubt.
yet something like oranges are not the only fruit i wouldn't categorize as YA, possibly because of the way it is written? it's an intriguing question, perhaps worthy of another thread.
Empress of the World is very engaging--I liked it a lot. Looking forward to the sequel.
Francesca Lia Block is a genius although somewhat surreal. Violet and Claire is a teriffic book.
For a classic work that's quite amazing, try Rosemary Manning's The Chinese Garden. It's an adult novel about young adults but it's such a good (although odd) book.
For a slightly younger audience, Catherine Brett's SP Likes AD is good.
M.E. Kerr's Deliver Us From Evie is strong and convincing.
Ellen Wittlinger's Hard Love is pretty good.
Benediction by Diane Salvatore--Catholic school story, dated but interesting.
I didn't like Far from Xanadu by Julie Anne Peters.
Love Rules by Marilyn Reynolds--not very good.
I haven't liked the Brent Hartinger books I've read--The Geography Club and Last Chance Texaco. The plot situations seem predictable to me; but I may have just read too much YA genre literature.
Jacqueline Woodson, The House You Pass on the Way--I haven't read it yet but it looks good.
The Last of Eden, an early work by Stephanie Tolan--I just got this, haven't read it yet.
The IHOP Papers--also on my To Read list (it's a long list!).
Sara Ryan's The Rules for Hearts came out recently, but I didn't like it as much as its prequel, Empress of the World. Battle's definitely not as cool when Nic's not around. The book's more cynical and less emotional. And I wasn't too thrilled with all the new characters, or the few details on Battle's parents. Their characterization seemed stronger in Empress of the World, although they showed up less frequently there.
It is the first book in the series Mortal Instruments and was just released last month.
The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson has two main girl characters dealing with homosexuality. She explores everything, like coming out to your friends and family and questioning whether or not you are actually gay. The only thing that bothered me about this book was the fact that the really good guy, Parker, got left out in the cold!
The book Pretty Things has two homosexual characters as well. I thought the book was kind of a mess, but it's the only other book I could think of and I think Sara Manning dealt pretty well with the questions surrounding homosexuality.
I recently finished The Tragedy of Miss Geneva Flowers by Joe Babcock which I enjoyed (and I will hopefully have a review up soon). I don't know that I would really classify it as YA, but other users have tagged it as teen fiction. (Although, that could mean fiction about a teenager, which would be accurate)
You may also find Worth the Trip (http://worththetrip.wordpress.com) helpful. It's a blog devoted to books for LGBTQ teens and has regular reviews - and a very recent post about the lack of lesbian protagonists in new LGBTQ novels.
Hope that helps!
*edited for finicky touchstones!
"Parrotfish" by Ellen Wittlinger features a transgender character; it was pretty good - not all pretty nor all hate.
"Touching Snow" by M. Sindy Felin the main characted happens to be lesbian. I don't think it changed the story in a major way; I liked that. It was cool to have it be a part of the story but not what moved the plot - very normal.
She also wrote with her recently dead gfriend, a set of much more conventional high fantasies that are well written, but MUCH less imaginative.
I thought the portrayal of his confusion, disgust and final understanding was very realistic.
And second, I want to recommend a couple of titles. I have recently read two very good books, both with a male teen gay protagonist. From what I understand, the books were no marketed to the young adult audience but, for my mind, they should have been. Both books are by Robin Readon.
I read her second novel, Thinking Straight, first after receiving an automated recommendation from Amazon.co.jp. I'll admit I bought it on a whim so that I could qualify for free shipping on another book I had purchased. I had no absolutely no expectations and was completely amazed by how good it was. I would have finished it in one sitting had I not had to leave for work halfway through. I finished it as soon as I got home!
After that, I sought out her debut novel, A Secret Edge. It, too, was fantastic. I felt that there was a small issue of Readon recycling her material in these books, but it's only brief and it happens towards the end of both books, so I didn't really detract from the story in my opinion.
But, really, both books are great. If you like reading smart and thought provoking YA literature from a gay male prospective, I definitely recommend them both.
a teenage boy. Is he a she?
A political, exciting and topical book to read today!
It is a thriller, but foremost a story about the relationship between 2 young women.
(No, there are no superheroes in it nor any scantily clad women with crazy breasts). I would even rate it 12+
House Like a Lotus by Madeleine L'Engle focuses on a straight girl, but has lesbian themes, and is part of the wonderful, wonderful, wonderful Austin-O'Keefe-Murray series.
Maurice by E.M. Forster isn't young adult, but it's classic and pretty tame -- I like other of his books better, but I'll always encourage people to read Forster!
M or F? by Lisa Pademetriou and Chris Tebbets is cute, if you have a decent tolerance for embarassment -- I squirmed for the characters a few times.
The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World by E.L. Konigsburg deals with some homosexual history and has several possibly gay characters, and is as smart and enjoyable as anything she's written.
Am I Blue? is a good collection of GLBT short stories by some really great authors -- I especially like the title story.
Empress of the World by Sara Ryan I remember enjoying, but I was about fourteen when I read it, so I can't really get into specifics -- cute lesbian love story. I also remember liking The House You Pass on the Way by Jacqueline Woodson, but don't remember it very well.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky is AMAZING. Really awesome. Main character's straight, but many major characters are queer -- and they go to the Rocky Horror Picture Show! It's like my youth.
Read Keeping you a Secret, Best book EVER, it put me to tears the 3d time i read it lol
I thought I had posted about it before or even found the book from this thread but going back it is not there.
I'd definitely rec it for slightly older teens -- I wouldn't necessarily give it to a 13 or 14-year-old, unless they were fairly mature.
grl2grl: short fictions by Julie Anne Peters (whose touchstone refuses to work) is a personal favorite. She's an interesting writer, but she's very inconsistent (in my opinion avoid everything but Luna, grl2grl, Between Mom and Jo, and Define "Normal")
Also I absolutely adore Francesca Lia Block who I believe is soon to receive a Phoenix award for her Dangerous Angels series!
David Leviathan and Alex Sanchez are fine as brain candy.
Annie on my Mind is a classic and very sweet.
It's a historical YA novel centered around Adrian, a Flemish boy who emigrates to NYC with his family in 1910. Unfortunately, he is the only one to make it through the examinations at Ellis Island, and thus ends up stranded in turn-of-the-century New York, with nary a penny to his name and no knowledge of the language.
And then he meets Jack. :)
A wonderfully honest and romantic novel, and the author being a historian and having done *a lot* of research helps, of course. ;)
A truly excellent book is Luna by Julie Ann Peters about a girl who supports her transgendered brother as he transitions from male to female.
Empress of the World by Sara Ryan is about lesbian and bisexual girls at a gifted/talented summer camp.
If you're looking for children's books, an adorable picturebook to take a peek at is And Tango Makes Three about two male penguins who adopt an egg together.
The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd...you can review it on my blog:http://www.libraryloungelizard.com/2009/05/vast-fields-of-ordinary-by-nick-burd.html
I loved this book!
Here's a recent review:
Feel free to visit my website to learn more about my book and other things I publish:
I hope some members of this group will have a look at "Josef Jaeger".
Oh, and Will Grayson, Will Grayson was a lot of fun.
It should be noted that some of these books are almost as good for /parents/ of gay/lesbian kids because it helps them to understand what the children are going through. As a teacher, some of the moments between parents and children touched me a great deal and made me think that I'd have to recommend the book to others I knew who were watching their child go through the same thing and didn't know how to express their support.
The more recent books are getting to be a little supernatural too, so ... there's a lot of variety...
Beautiful Music for Ugly Children
Sin Eater's Confession
October Mourning: A Song For Matthew Shepherd
The Miseducation of Cameron Post
Don't Let Me Go
Something Like Summer by Jay Bell
Turning 16 by Perie Wolford
Trust me and Dumb Jock by Jeff Erno
are my favorite!
*Hushed by Kelley York
*Don't Let Me Go by J.H. Trumble (also her other books)
*Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg -- this one was one of my favorites
*Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
*Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin
*One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva
also Secret by Brigid Kemmerer is really awesome, but it's hard to recommend as it's the fourth book in a series (kind of paranormal)