Book Genre: GLBT

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Tim Federle
Becker
3

Nate from Better Nate Than Ever is back, and this time he's legitimately living in New York City with his aunt, in rehearsals for E.T.: The Musical as second understudy for E.T. himself. While it was great to hear Nate's voice again...

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Francesca Lia Block
Em
4

This book is a dreamy post-apocalyptic story that follows the mythic moments of the Odyssey. It’s Francesca Lia Block at her best, with lovely and complex characters and intense storytelling. The story is strange and empowering and romantic in the best way. One particular detail about...

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Julie Maroh
KateM
4

I picked up Blue is the Warmest Color because I had heard the movie adaptation had won the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, and because I’m something of a graphic novel junkie. While I’ve heard this graphic novel described as erotica, and admittedly some of the illustrations are...

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Kim Fu
Becker
4

A beautifully written exploration of identity and fitting in. Peter Huang was born in a small town in Canada to first generation immigrants from China. His father, delighted to have a boy after 2 girls, names him Juan Chaun, "powerful king." Peter grows up with his three sisters, knowing inside...

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Cate Culpepper
Becker
3

If you like your books to have lesbian main characters, but are tired of the traditional romance formula and want something a bit different, try Windigo Thrall. Culpepper's latest is all about the horror and suspense, with a creepy snowed in cabin near Mt. Ranier setting. Six women are there for...

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Sara Kocek
Becker
3

Reyna has a lot to deal with. Her mom died seven years ago, and her dad has a new girlfriend. She's just started high school--at a different school than the rest of her friends. She's not sure where she fits in. Reyna doesn't really like Olive when she starts talking to her at lunchtime, but she...

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Ilike Merey
Angelita
5

The art in this graphic novel was great! It's all black and white, but it conveys the emotion very well, with the mix of light and darkness. I also loved the story line, especially of how two people found a common ground and fell in love. Each deals with awkward situations of unknown sexuality,...

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Julie Anne Peters
Mandy M.
5

Julie Ann Peters is probably my favorite author of all time. I offer this as a disclaimer because I think it would pain my heart to give her anything below a five star rating. That bias aside though, Grl2Grl is a great resource for teens or adults who are questioning their gender identity or...

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Andrea Gibson
Mandy M.
3

Andrea Gibson was introduced to me in my college years. It was during one of those free events and when she recited her poetry, the room fell silent. So when I realized that she actually put out books of poetry, I was more than a little curious.

The only reason that this book does not get...

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David Sedaris
Thane
4

David Sedaris is back to doing what he does best, telling hilarious stories of his life, his family, his friends, and the strange people and places he encounters along the way. Sedaris is sometimes petty, sometimes spiteful, occasionally deep and insightful, but always funny. Listening to the...

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Stephen Chbosky
Kristen M
5

This was one of those weird instances where I saw the movie before reading the book but as soon as I finished the movie, I put myself on hold for the book. The books is written as a collection of letters that Charlie sends to a never named "Friend". These letters tell of his day to day...

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Jane Hoppen
Becker
3

Sophie was born not clearly male or female, but with aspects of both. Her parents, frightened and confused by the news, take the doctor's recommendations for surgery to make her more clearly a girl, and not to tell her the truth of her birth. Sophie grows up on a farm in rural Wisconsin, never...

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Kathleen Tierney
Becker
4

Gritty, sarcastic, queer, violent, and foul-mouthed, Siobhan Quinn is a former junkie turned demon-hunter (sort of) turned, in one violent confrontation with both a werewolf and a vampire, into the very kind of creature she's been killing. It's all part of a complicated game involving other...

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Michael Bronski
Hope
4

Pulling information from a variety of primary sources, Michael Bronski has created an amazing view of United States history through an LGBTQ lens from the 1400's to the 1990's. While the first half of his book is much stronger than the second half, the book was an incredibly fascinating read...

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Kristen M
3

Falling Hard: 100 love poems by teenagers is a collection of love poems written by teenagers, pulled from email submissions by the author. The authors range in age from 12 to 18. They are also a mixture of female, male, transgender, straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, different ethnicities and...

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Ellen Forney
Thane
4

Ellen Forney is an artist. When she first becomes diagnosed with bipolar disorder, her initial reaction is one of elation. She sees her diagnosis as proof that she is a “crazy artist” equal to Vangogh or Hemingway in passion and creativity. But as she descends from the euphoria of mania into the...

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Melissa Brayden
Becker
4

Molly's partner since high school, Cassie, died in a plane crash over 4 years ago. She still can't quite picture her life moving forward without Cassie. Jordan, Cassie's younger sister, took Cassie's death hard, too. They were best friends, and Cassie was Jordan's only ally against her parents'...

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Kristin Clark
Becker
4

This novel in verse explores gender identity through the eyes of various folks on all parts of the spectrum. Brendan never felt like a super masculine guy, but he hasn't always wanted to be a girl, either. Angel, who Brendan meets at a center for GLBT teens, befriends Brendan and introduces him...

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Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Laurie.
5

Many famous people have visited the real-life Kentucky Club and just as many nameless people have died around this border bar. Conflict weaves together Sánez’s seven stories exploring the...

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Patrick Ness
CJ
4

Rolling in the sea, muscles contracting with cold, drowning -- so begins our acquaintance with 16-year-old Seth.  Dying, he leaves one reality for an alternate, horrific one in the desolated, unpopulated English village of his birth ... a place Seth hasn't lived in years.  Why is he...

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Simon Doonan
L.F.
3

Simon Doonan, author, fashion commentator, and creative ambassador for Barneys New York shares his insider stories in his new book, The asylum : a collage of couture reminiscences ...and hysteria.  He delivers his entertaining and edifying real-life essays in his signature witty...

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Kate Worsley
Becker
5

It is 1740, and life isn't easy if you're not one of the upper class. Louise Fletcher is a country dairy maid, summoned to the coast and Harwich to become a lady's maid to Rebecca, a captain's daughter hoping to marry well. We follow Louise's story as she learns the ways of the house and as her...

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Sara Farizan
Hope
3

Living in a country where homosexuality is illegal, Sahar has learned how to hide her feelings for her best friend Nasrin since she was very young. While the girls are able to see each other in private, any sort of dating or life together seems out of the question.  When Nasrin becomes...

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Jeanette Winterson
Dawn
4

Jeanette Winterson's autobiography covers her early years and her search for her biological parents.  She was adopted by a couple who were strict and abused her.  From a young age she loved literature and started an ambitious plan to read authors starting with the A's.  Her...

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Sara Farizan
Jennifer H
3

Sahar has been in love since she was six with her best friend Nasrin. Although homosexuality is illegal in Iran, Sahar is convinced that she and Nasrin will somehow be together forever. Imagine her surprise when it is announced at dinner that Nasrin will be married to a doctor. Desperate and...