YA LGBTQIA+

YA LGBTQIA+

Books featuring teens who identify as LGBTQIA. These stories present a variety of lives lived in a variety of different ways. Pick one up to experience someone else's struggles or to find comfort in your own.


Compiled by:
Becky F
Adaptation

Malinda Lo
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Lo)

In the aftermath of a series of plane crashes caused by birds, seventeen-year-old Reese and her debate-team partner, David, receive medical treatment at a secret government facility and become tangled in a conspiracy that is, according to Reese's friend, Julian, connected with aliens and UFOs.


All Out

Saundra Mitchell
(Young Adult Fiction - Y All)

Take a journey through time and genres and discover a past where queer figures live, love and shape the world around them. Seventeen of the best young adult authors across the queer spectrum have come together to create a collection of beautifully written diverse historical fiction for teens.


Anger is a Gift

Mark Oshiro
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Oshiro)

Six years ago, Moss Jefferies' father was murdered by an Oakland police officer. Along with losing a parent, the media's vilification of his father and lack of accountability has left Moss with near crippling panic attacks. Now, in his sophomore year of high school, Moss and his fellow classmates find themselves increasingly treated like criminals in their own school. The students decide to organize and push back against the administration.


Annie on My Mind

Nancy Garden
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Garden)

Liza tries to put aside her feelings for Annie after the disaster at Foster Academy, but eventually she allows love to triumph over the ignorance of others.


Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Benjamin Alire Sáenz
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Sáenz)

Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.


Ask the Passengers

A.S. King
(Young Adult Fiction - Y King)

Astrid Jones copes with her small town's gossip and narrow-mindedness by staring at the sky and imagining that she's sending love to the passengers in the airplanes flying high over her backyard. Maybe they'll know what to do with it. Maybe it'll make them happy. Maybe they'll need it. Her mother doesn't want it, her father's always stoned, her perfect sister's too busy trying to fit in, and the people in her small town would never allow her to love the person she really wants to: another girl named Dee. 


Beautiful Music for Ugly Children

Kirstin Cronn-Mills
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Cronnmi)

Gabe has always identified as a boy, but he was born with a girl's body. With his new public access radio show gaining in popularity, Gabe struggles with romance, friendships, and parents--all while trying to come out as transgender. An audition for a station in Minneapolis looks like his ticket to a better life in the big city. But his entire future is threatened when several violent guys find out Gabe, the popular DJ, is also Elizabeth from school.


Beauty Queens

Libba Bray
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Bray)

When a plane crash strands thirteen teen beauty contestants on a mysterious island, they struggle to survive, to get along with one another, to combat the island's other diabolical occupants, and to learn their dance numbers in case they are rescued in time for the competition.


Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen

Jazz Jennings
(Adult Nonfiction - 921 Jennings Jen)

Teen activist and trailblazer Jazz Jennings--named one of "The 25 most influential teens" of the year by Time--shares her very public transgender journey, as she inspires people to accept the differences in others while they embrace their own truths.


Carry On

Rainbow Rowell
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Rowell)

Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who's ever been chosen. That's what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he's probably right. Half the time, Simon can't even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor's avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there's a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon's face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here. It's their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon's infuriating nemesis didn't even bother to show up.


The Darkest Part of the Forest

Holly Black
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Black)

In the town of Fairfold, where humans and fae exist side by side, a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives awakes after generations of sleep in a glass coffin in the woods, causing Hazel to be swept up in new love, shift her loyalties, feel the fresh sting of betrayal, and to make a secret sacrifice to the faerie king.


Everything Leads to You

Nina LaCour
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Lacour)

While working as a film production designer in Los Angeles, Emi finds a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend which leads Emi to Ava who is about to expand Emi's understanding of family, acceptance, and true romance.


Girl Made of Stars

Ashley Herring Blake
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Blake)

Mara and Owen are as close as twins can get, so when Mara’s friend Hannah accuses Owen of rape, Mara doesn't know what to think. Can her brother really be guilty of such a violent act? Torn between her family and her sense of right and wrong, Mara feels lost, and it doesn’t help that things are strained with her ex-girlfriend, Charlie.


Girl Mans Up

M-E Girard
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Girard)

In Ontario, Pen is a sixteen-year-old girl who looks like a boy. She's fine with it, but everyone else is uncomfortable- especially her Portuguese immigrant parents and her manipulative neighbor who doesn't want her to find a group of real friends.


Grasshopper Jungle

Andrew Smith
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Smith)

Austin Szerba narrates the end of humanity as he and his best friend Robby accidentally unleash an army of giant, unstoppable bugs and uncover the secrets of a decades-old experiment gone terribly wrong.


If I Was Your Girl

Meredith Russo
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Russo)

Amanda Hardy only wants to fit in at her new school, but she is keeping a big secret, so when she falls for Grant, guarded Amanda finds herself yearning to share with him everything about herself, including her previous life as Andrew.


I'll Give You the Sun

Jandy Nelson
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Nelson)

A story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal told from different points in time, and in separate voices, by artists Jude and her twin brother Noah.


It's Not Like It's a Secret

Misa Sugiura
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Sugiura)

Sixteen-year-old Sana Kiyohara has too many secrets. Some are small, like how it bothers her when her friends don't invite her to parties. Some are big, like that fact that her father may be having an affair. And then there's the one that she can barely even admit to herself -- the one about how she might have a crush on her best friend. When Sana and her family move to California she begins to wonder if it's finally time for some honesty, especially after she meets Jamie Ramirez.


The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali

Sabina Khan
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Khan)

Seventeen-year-old Rukhsana Ali is looking forward to going to Caltech and getting away from her conservative Muslim parents' expectation that she will marry, especially since she is in love with her girlfriend Ariana--but when her parents catch her kissing Ariana, they whisk Rukhsana off to Bangladesh and a world of tradition and arranged marriages, and she must find the courage to fight for the right to choose her own path.


The Music of What Happens

Bill Konigsberg
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Konigsb)

It is summer in Phoenix, and seventeen-year-old Maximo offers to help a Jordan, a fellow student in high school, with the food truck that belonged to Jordan's deceased father, and which may be the only thing standing between homelessness for Jordan and his mom; the boys are strongly attracted to each other, but as their romance develops it is threatened by the secrets they are hiding--and by the racism and homophobia of those around them.


None of the Above

I.W. Gregorio
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Gregori)

When Kristin Lattimer is voted homecoming queen, it seems like another piece of her ideal life has fallen into place. She's a champion hurdler with a full scholarship to college and she's madly in love with her boyfriend. In fact, she's decided that she's ready to take things to the next level with him. But Kristin's first time isn't the perfect moment she's planned -- something is very wrong...


Picture Us In the Light

Kelly Loy Gilbert
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Gilbert)

Danny Cheng has always known his parents have secrets. But when he discovers a taped-up box in his father's closet filled with old letters and a file on a powerful Silicon Valley family, he realizes there's much more to his family's past than he ever imagined. 


Summer Bird Blue

Akemi Dawn Bowman
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Bowman)

Rumi Seto spends a lot of time worrying she doesn’t have the answers to everything. But there is one thing she is absolutely sure of—she wants to spend the rest of her life writing music with her younger sister, Lea. Then Lea dies in a car accident, and her mother sends her away to live with her aunt in Hawaii. Now thousands of miles from home, Rumi struggles to navigate the loss of her sister, being abandoned by her mother, and the absence of music in her life.


Symptoms of Being Human

Jeff Garvin
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Garvin)

A gender-fluid teenager who struggles with identity creates a blog on the topic that goes viral, and faces ridicule at the hands of fellow students.


Tash Hearts Tolstoy

Katie Ormsbee
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Ormsbee)

After a shout-out from one of the Internet's superstar vloggers, Natasha "Tash" Zelenka suddenly finds herself and her obscure, amateur web series, Unhappy Families, thrust in the limelight: She's gone viral. Her show is a modern adaption of Anna Karenina--written by Tash's literary love Count Lev Nikolayevich "Leo" Tolstoy. And when Unhappy Families is nominated for a Golden Tuba award, Tash's cyber-flirtation with a fellow award nominee suddenly has the potential to become something IRL--if she can figure out how to tell said crush that she's romantic asexual.


This is Kind of an Epic Love Story

Kheryn Callender
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Callend)

Film buff and aspiring screenwriter Nathan Bird doesn't believe in happy endings since his father died and his mom began to unravel. His best-friend-turned-girlfriend-tu​r​n​e​d​-​b​e​s​t​-​f​r​i​e​n​d​-​a​g​a​i​n​, Florence, is set on making sure Nate finds someone else. And that someone does come along: Oliver James Hernández, his childhood best friend.


Two Boys Kissing

David Levithan
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Levitha)

A chorus of men who died of AIDS observes and yearns to help a cross-section of today's gay teens who navigate new love, long-term relationships, coming out, self-acceptance, and more in a society that has changed in many ways.


We Are Okay

Nina LaCour
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Lacour)

After leaving her life behind to go to college in New York, Marin must face the truth about the tragedy that happened in the final weeks of summer when her friend Mabel comes to visit.


What if It's Us

Becky Albertalli, Adam Silvera
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Alberta)

Told in two voices, when Arthur, a summer intern from Georgia, and Ben, a native New Yorker, meet it seems like fate, but after three attempts at dating fail they wonder if the universe is pushing them together or apart.


When the Moon Was Ours

Anna-Marie McLemore
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Mclemor)

To everyone who knows them, best friends Miel and Sam are as strange as they are inseparable. Roses grow out of Miel's wrists, and rumors say that she spilled out of a water tower when she was five. Sam is known for themoons he paints and hangs in the trees and for how little anyone knows about his life before he and his mother moved to town. But as odd as everyone considers Miel and Sam, even they stay away from the Bonner girls, four beautiful sisters rumored to be witches. 


White Rabbit

Caleb Roehrig
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Roehrig)

Rufus Holt is having the worst night of his life, it begins with the reappearance of his ex-boyfriend. Just as Rufus is getting ready to move on, Sebastian turns up out of the blue, saying they need to "talk." Then Rufus gets a call from his sister April, begging for help. He and Sebastian find her, drenched in blood and holding a knife beside the dead body of her boyfriend, April swears she didn't kill him. Rufus knows her too well to believe she's telling him the whole truth, but April has something he needs. Now, with no one to trust but the boy he wants to hate yet can't stop loving, Rufus has one night to clear his sister's name...or die trying