5 Young Adult Novels That Give attention to the Lives of LGBTQ+ Teens

1. “The Lesbian Guide for Catholic Schools”


In Sonora Reyes' debut novel, a National Book Award finalist, Yami Flores leaves her large Phoenix public school to enroll in a non-public Catholic school after being outed by her former best friend Bianca. She's determined to maintain her identity a secret at her latest school while also stopping her younger brother Cesar from continuously entering into fights. Cesar and Yami are each gay – and keep their identities hidden from one another.

Will their latest friends accept them as they’re? Will their parents still love them? The answers in “The Lesbiana Guide for Catholic Schools“” will surprise each the protagonists and the readers. Reyes handles topics resembling racism, homophobia, immigration and suicidal thoughts with grace and love.

2. “We have the beat”


In “We have the beat“Jordan is an ambitious sophomore who’s hired by the editor of the highschool newspaper to cover the volleyball team. This role is complicated by the proven fact that the team's captain is Jordan's former girlfriend Mackenzie.

They were close until Mackenzie embarrassed Jordan during their freshman yr for reasons Jordan never understood. As the 2 girls spend time together, they rekindle their friendship and Jordan discovers the reality behind Mackenzie's actions from way back. This causes a rift, and Jordan must determine tips on how to cope with it.

Jenna Miller's second novel is a lesbian YA novel wherein the protagonists go from enemies to friends, frenemies to romantic lovers, in a way that reflects the challenges teenagers face of their seek for themselves. The book is exquisitely crafted and captures the connection through humorous and touching storytelling.

3. “I sing with you”

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Author Jonny Garza Villa opens “I sing with you”, wherein protagonist Rafael Alvarez has led his highschool’s mariachi band to a different national competition title while meeting and almost dating a cute boy from one other school, Rey Chavez.

But eight months later, his family moves to a different city for his senior yr of highschool, throwing his life into chaos. Rafael has to quit his band and cope with the death of his grandfather. And then there's the opposite complication: the sweet boy he's bonded with is the star of his latest school's mariachi band.

Rafael faces difficult decisions as he competes with Rey for the lead role, despite developing stronger feelings for him. “Canto Contigo” is a loving tribute to Mexican heritage, family ties and the individuals who shape us, while tackling themes of grief, loss and friendship.

4. “Destination unknown”


Micah and CJ are complete opposites, aside from one thing: the 2 teenagers are gay and living in New York City at the peak of the AIDS epidemic. CJ has a robust personality, revels in his gay identity, and is well-known throughout town. Micah is shy and has only recently begun exploring his sexuality. After they get to know one another, CJ becomes Micah's guide to the gay world. Micah is enthusiastic about CJ's charm and fervour, and CJ is enamored by Micah's innocence and emotional honesty.

Falling in love and looking for security will not be necessarily mutually exclusive in Nineteen Eighties New York.”destination unknown“Award-winning author Bill Konigsberg's semi-autobiographical account, inspired by his teenage years in New York, tells the story of two children trying to make sense of their lives without losing them.”

5. “Most Ardently: A Pride and Prejudice Remix”

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Oliver Bennet feels constrained, not only by the limitless corsets, petticoats, and dresses he must wear each day, but in addition by society's expectations of him. Everyone around him, including most of his relatives and friends, believes Oliver to be a lady named Elizabeth. He seeks temporary relief by having the ability to sneak away from his household and enterprise out into town, dressed appropriately as a young man. During considered one of these adventures, Oliver meets Darcy, a sullen young lad who was disrespectful to “Elizabeth” at a previous meeting. But as they enjoy their time away from the prying eyes of society, Oliver discovers that Darcy is a form, smart young man who can also be surprisingly charming. As Oliver increasingly embraces his true self, a component of him begins to dream that his fantasy of finding love and a life as a person could turn out to be a reality.

Most passionateCelebrating the lives of historical LGBTQ+ figures and imagining a hopeful future for the queer community, Gabe Cole Novoa's “” presents a lovely and unexpectedly delightful LGBTQ+ adaptation of the Jane Austen classic.

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