Book Genre: GLBT

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Alison Bechdel
Laurie.
5

You don't need to be a fan of Bechdel's comic strip, Dykes to Watch Out For, to appreciate her first graphic novel examining her relationship with her father who committed suicide.  Her graphic art and storytelling had me re-reading this...

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Shawn Stewart Ruff
Laurie.
5

A coming of age story narrated by Cliffy Douglas and set in 1970s Cincinnati.  One of my favorite "first novel by a writer"…truly remarkable writing.

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Terry Galloway
Laurie.
4

This memoir about Terry's life and her challenges -- deaf (with a little-d) and Queer (with a big-Q) -- will haunt you.  *Spoiler alert:  Don't read the chapter about her father's death while riding public transportation.*

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Paul Monette
Laurie.
4

In this 1992 National Book Award winner for nonfiction, Monette describes his life growing up gay in America asking "Why do they hate us? Why do they fear us? Why do they want us invisible?" 

What would your answer be?
 

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Becker
4

The Letter Q includes more than 60 writers, and what they would say to their teen selves if they could. All of these writers grew up to be proudly gay, lesbian, or bisexual, and their consistent message to their younger selves is that life will change, that it will change for the better. There's...

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Madeleine George
extra medium
4

I've been waiting for this book to come out ever since I heard Madeline George read a hilarious make out scene where the kisser's skills were compared to a piece of cut cantaloupe (ew!). It's finally out and it's awesome! Anyway... Jesse (haircut courtesy of her Swiss Army Knife, giant boots,...

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C. A. (Cheryl A.) Rainfield
Becker
4

Kendra has been in therapy to deal with the memories that are coming back to her about the abuse she was subjected to as a child. While therapy, and art, and friends and teachers help, Kendra still feels the need to cut herself to relieve the pressure and make herself feel like she can get...

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Lauren Bjorkman
Becker
3

Roz's sister and best friend Eva isn't talking to her. Roz isn't sure why--does it have something to do with Roz wanting Eva's boyfriend, Bryan? What about the fight that Roz had with her cheerleading friend Carmen? What about that lead role in Shakespeare's As You Like It that they're both...

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Becker
4

This collection showcases the short story talents of some of the best YA writers out there. With a common thread of identity, these stories of gay, lesbian, and transgender teens are as diverse as the teens they are about and the authors who wrote them. There are even two graphic stories by...

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Julie Anne Peters
Becker
4

Johanna hasn't had the best life, but it's not all bad, either. Her parents have both recently died, she lives with her sister & brother-in-law, she's finishing her senior year of high school with a best friend, a job at the mall, and a volunteer position at the hospice. One thing would make...

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David Levithan
Becker
4

It was a day when everything changed for everyone. Find out how 9/11 affected the lives of 3 NYC teenagers in this novel that yes, will make you cry, but is ultimately about hope, human connection, and love. Claire was in school when the attacks happened. She immediately went from imagined...

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Ash
Malinda Lo
Becker
5

Ash's mother died when she was young, and after her father remarries, she loses him to illness, too. In a world where the king's philosophers try to move people away from their belief in fairies and Wood magic, Ash turns to this other world to escape from her stepmother and stepsisters whenever...

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Megan Frazer
Becker
0

When Dara Cohen won the Little Miss Maine pageant when she was 7, she had no idea what the following years would have in store. It's 10 years later, and she's 17, and not exactly the beauty queen ideal any more. She's still smart, talented, and funny, though, and thinks that should be enough. If...

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Albert Borris
Becker
0

Owen, Frank, Audrey, and Jin-Ae have their own unique problems, but they all want to deal with them in the same way--by committing suicide. They met online, but now are going to meet in person for a final road trip. Their plan: visit the gravesites of celebrities who have committed suicide, then...

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Michael B Harmon
Becker
0

When Ben was 14, his father announced he was gay. Ben's mother left, leaving Ben with his dad, and eventually his dad's partner, Edward. Ben thinks it was pretty selfish of his dad to marry someone and have a kid all the while knowing that he was gay, and he shows it by acting out in various...

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Mariko Tamaki
Becker
0

"Skim" is Kimberly Keiko Cameron, private school student, semi-Goth, semi-Wiccan, prone to introspection in her diary. This graphic novel explores her thoughts on a classmates' boyfriend's suicide and her school's reaction to it (ranging from counselor lectures to the popular girls forming a...

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Steve Kluger
Becker
0

TC, Augie, and Ale are the best of friends now, but it wasn't always that way. In a series of diary entries, instant messages, and e-mails from their freshman year of high school, they each look back at how they were brought together by a deaf kid with an obsession with Mary Poppins, love of...

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Stephanie Grant
Becker
0

Ann Ahern has a crush on her French teacher. It doesn't disturb her that Mademoiselle Eugenie is a woman, but it does disturb her that she's Black. It's 1974, and Boston is still struggling with the Civil Rights movement, instituting busing between neighborhoods to desegregate the schools. Ann's...

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Mayra L Dole
Becker
0

Laura thinks her life is over when she gets thrown out of Catholic school, and then her mother's house, after being found out as a "tortillera"–Cuban slang for lesbian–but these things are only the beginning for her. Over the course of the next year, Laura leaves school entirely,...

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David Levithan
Becker
0

When David Levithan was 17, he wrote a Valentine's Day story for his friends instead of paying attention in physics class. This began a tradition of him sharing stories with his friends, and some of them are collected in this book. New love, unexpected love, love for the wrong person, one-sided...

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Susan Juby
Becker
0

This is the story of two very different riders. Alex grew up pretending his bike was a horse, wanting to escape and ride dressage, not be the roping cowboy his father imagines him as. Cleo grew up spoiled; getting everything she wanted from her rich, absentee parents. She's sent to a girl's...

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Peter Cameron
Becker
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James Sveck is not really happy, not really sure of his future, wonders how he fits in. This 18 year old New Yorker has the summer to figure some things out. His parents are pressuring him to go to college, but he's been obsessively looking at houses in small towns in the Midwest. College is a...

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Nancy Garden
Becker
0

This isn't just a collection of short stories–it's a history lesson. Before each set of stories, 2 from each decade from the 1950s to today, there are a few detailed pages on what life was life for GLBT folks during that decade, with a particular focus on what it was like for teens. As you...

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Julie Anne Peters
Becker
4

This book is a set of short stories with lesbian, bisexual, and transgender teens as the main characters. Some are heartbreaking, some will make you laugh out loud, all of them will make you wish you had more time to spend with these interesting and unique characters. If you like stories that...

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Ellen Wittlinger
Becker
4

Angie never felt like a girl. From not liking dresses to not feeling right when told to lineup by gender for gym class, her whole life leads up to one little change that makes a big difference. Angie becomes Grady, she is now he, and he becomes comfortable with himself for the first time. Not...