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GLBT Fiction

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GLBT Fiction

Entries marked with a ♥ are staff favorites

 

Burd, Nick The Vast Fields of Ordinary

It’s Dade’s last summer at home. He has a crappy job at Food World, a “boyfriend” who won’t publicly acknowledge his existence (maybe because Pablo also has a girlfriend), and parents on the verge of a divorce. College is Dade’s shining beacon of possibility, a horizon to keep him from floating away. Then he meets the mysterious Alex Kincaid. Falling in real love finally lets Dade come out of the closet—and, ironically, ignites a ruthless passion in Pablo. But just when true happiness has set in, tragedy shatters the dreamy curtain of summer, and Dade will use every ounce of strength he’s gained to break from his past and start fresh with the future.   (S)

Cohn, Rachel and Levithan, David Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List

Naomi and Eli are best friends. Naomi loves and is in love with Ely, and Ely loves Naomi, but prefers to be in love with boys. So they create their "No Kiss List" of people neither of them is allowed to kiss. And this works fine - until Bruce. Bruce is Naomi's boyfriend, so there's no reason to put him on the List. But Ely kissed Bruce even though he is boring. The result: a rift of universal proportions and the potential end of "Naomi and Ely: the institution." Can these best friends come back together again?  (S)

Garden, Nancy Annie on My Mind

Liza puts aside her feelings for Annie after a disaster at school, but eventually she allows love to triumph over the ignorance of people.  (J,S)

♥ Hartinger, Brent Geography Club

Russel Middlebrook is convinced he's the only gay kid at Goodkind High School. Then his online gay chat buddy turns out to be none other than Kevin, the popular but closeted star of the school's baseball team. Soon Russel meets other gay students, too. There's his best friend Min, who reveals that she is bisexual, and her soccer–playing girlfriend Terese. Then there's Terese's politically active friend, Ike. In order to meet without drawing attention to themselves, the teens decide to form a "Geography Club" - a club so boring, nobody in their right mind would join.  (S)

Howe, James The Misfits

Four students who do not fit in at their small-town middle school decide to create a third party for the student council elections to represent all students who have ever been called names.  (M,J)

Howe, James Totally Joe

As a school assignment, a thirteen-year-old boy writes an alphabiography - life from A to Z - and explores issues of friendship, family, school, and the challenges of being a gay teenager.  (M,J)

Johnson, Maureen The Bermudez Triangle

Lifelong best friends Nina Bermudez, Avery Dekker, and Melanie Forrest face their first separation the summer before their senior year when Nina attends a ten-week summer program at Stanford. Nina returns home bursting with stories about Steve, her summer romance. But she soon learns the shocking truth about what her friends were up to while she was gone when she sees Mel and Avery...kissing. The friendship is rocked by what feels like the ultimate challenge. But it’s only the beginning of a sometimes painful, sometimes funny, always gripping journey as three girls discover who they are and what they really want.  (J,S)

Koertge, Ron Boy Girl Boy

Larry, Teresa, and Elliot are so tight, there's no room in their circle for more than three: boy, girl, boy. And when they graduate, they plan to move to California to start their real lives -together. But who are they fooling? Larry is gay and trying to come to terms with his sexuality. Teresa is tired of hanging out with boys she loves who don't want to be her boyfriend. And Elliot is realizing that he may like himself more if he isn't always in the shadow of his friends.  (J,S)

Konigsberg, Bill Out of the Pocket

Despite being a popular member of the football team, Bobby Framingham has never been able to find the courage to tell them all that he is gay, but when a reporter reveals his secret without his consent, Bobby realizes that now is the time to see where he stands with the people he has called his friends.  (S)

♥ Levithan, David Boy Meets Boy

In this school, the gay kids and the straight kids all get along just fine, the quarterback is a cross-dresser, and the cheerleaders ride Harleys - yet the road to true love is still a strange and winding path, as Paul discovers when he meets the boy of his dreams.  (J,S)

Lieberman, Leanne Gravity

Ellie Gold is an orthodox Jewish teenager living in Toronto in the late eighties. Ellie has no doubts about her strict religious upbringing until she falls in love with another girl at her grandmother's cottage. Aware that homosexuality clashes with Jewish observance, Ellie feels forced to either alter her sexuality or leave her community. (S)

Papademetriou, Lisa and Tebbetts, Christopher M or F?

Frannie is desperate to get the attention of her crush, Jeffrey, but too shy to make a move. Frannie’s gay best friend, Marcus, advises her to get the ball rolling by chatting with Jeffrey online, but Frannie won’t type a word. Marcus takes over at the keyboard, and soon his plan is a success! But the more he chats, the more it seems Jeffrey is falling for Marcus, not Frannie. Whose romance is this, anyway?  (M,J,S)

Peters, Julie Anne Luna

Regan's brother Liam can't stand the person he is during the day. Like the moon from whom Liam has chosen his female namesake, his true self, Luna, only reveals herself at night. In the secrecy of his basement bedroom Liam transforms himself into the beautiful girl he longs to be, with help from his sister's clothes and makeup. Now, everything is about to change - Luna is preparing to emerge from her cocoon. But are Liam's family and friends ready to welcome Luna into their lives?  (S)

Ryan, Sarah Empress of the World

Nicola Lancaster is spending eight weeks at the Siegel Institute Summer Program for Gifted Youth, a hothouse of smart, articulate, intense teenagers. She soon falls in with Battle Hall Davies, who's a beautiful blonde dancer, and everything Nic isn't. The two become friends - and then, startlingly, more than friends. What do you do when you think you're attracted to guys, and then you meet a girl who steals your heart?  (J,S)

Sanchez, Alex Rainbow Boys

Three high school seniors - a jock with a girlfriend and an alcoholic father, a closeted gay, and a flamboyant gay rights advocate - struggle with family issues, gay bashers, first sex, and conflicting feelings about each other.  (S)

Sloan, Brian Tale of Two Summers

Even though Hal is gay and Chuck is straight, the two fifteen-year-olds are best friends. When they find themselves spending the summer apart for the first time, the two keep in touch by setting up a blog, where Hal records his budding romance with a young Frenchman and Chuck falls for a summer theater camp diva.  (S)

St. James, James Freak Show

Having faced teasing that turned into a brutal attack, Christianity expressed as persecution, and the loss of his only real friend when he could no longer keep his crush under wraps, seventeen-year-old Billy Bloom, a budding drag queen, decides the only way to become fabulous again is to run for Homecoming Queen at his elite, private school near Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  (S)

Wittlinger, Ellen Love & Lies: Marisol's Story

When Marisol Guzman, a self-confident eighteen-year-old lesbian, moves to Cambridge, Massachusetts to work and try to write a novel, she falls under the spell of her beautiful but deceitful writing teacher, while also befriending a shy, vulnerable girl from Indiana.  (S)

 

 

  Grade Level Interest
M Middle School (defined as grades 6-8).
J Junior High (defined as grades 7-9).
S Senior High (defined as grades 10-12).
A/YA Adult-marketed book recommended for teens.

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