We look for ourselves in fiction. A great book resonates with us as we empathize with a protagonist's struggles and triumphs, and encourages us to step into their shoes as they set off on a fantastic journey. Expanding our world with different perspectives is part of the thrill of reading, but it can be very lonely to only read books where there isn't anybody like you.
AbeBooks has previously celebrated Pride in Literature with a diverse selection of LGBT fiction in recognition of LGBT Pride month. This year, we're excited to feature a small part of the rapidly expanding selection of Young Adult books featuring LGBT diversity.
We support a future where younger generations can pick up a book and see themselves on the page - where they learn that they can be the heroes of their own stories, especially those with happy endings. We've put together a list of 30 YA books featuring LGBT characters or themes, one for each day of June - don't worry, we don't expect you to finish them all before the month is out! We also promise that you don't need to be a teen to enjoy the fantastic prose, compelling characters, and diverse perspectives in store.
Want to learn more about diverse YA and children's books of all types? Check out the We Need Diverse Books organization.
Benjamin Alire Sáenz
This Printz Honor Book is the story of a special friendship that changes lives and lasts a lifetime.
Julie Anne Peters
An unforgettable novel about a transgender teen's struggle for self-identity and acceptance.
Born Elizabeth, Gabe knows he's been a boy his whole life - and the whole world thinks he's crazy.
Thom Creed keeps many secrets from his father, like having special powers, but the most painful secret of all is one Thom can barely face himself: he's gay.
Ash is about the connection between life and love, and solitude and death, where transformation can come from even the deepest grief.
This is a happy, meaningful romantic comedy about finding love, losing love, and doing what it takes to get love back in a crazy world.
A young girl finds herself plunged into a haunting world of vengeful fairies, Maori mythology, romance, betrayal, and an epic battle for immortality.
Francesca Lia Block
A Top Ten ALA Rainbow Project Book, here's a stunning reimagining of Homer's Odyssey set in post-apocalyptic Los Angeles.
After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disoriented, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy.
Three-time Newbery Honor author Jacqualine Woodson explores race and sexuality through the eyes of a compelling narrator.
In this contemporary retelling of The Great Gatsby a teenage girl becomes entangled in the romance and drama of a Hamptons social circle.
A romantic, moving, laugh-out-loud-funny story about what happens when one person cracks open your world and helps you see yourself like you never have before.
A reimagining of Homer's The Iliad, here's an action-packed adventure, epic love story, and marvelously conceived and executed page-turner.
As an Iranian American, Leila's different enough; if word got out that Leila liked girls, life would be twice as hard.
A moving story about shifting gender identities, love, and belonging.
David Piper has always been an outsider, but only his two best friends know the real truth: David wants to be a girl.
Emily M. Danforth
Cameron is sent to a religious conversion camp that is supposed to "cure" her homosexuality where she comes face to face with the cost of denying her true identity.
Acclaimed writer Emma Donoghue spins new tales out of old in a magical web of 13 interconnected stories about transformation and choosing one's own path in the world.
Set in nineteenth century England, Wildthorn is the story of seventeen-year-old Louisa Cosgrove finding love.
Juliet just came out and isn't sure if her mom will ever speak to her again. But she has a plan to help her figure out this whole "Puerto Rican lesbian" thing.
A group of teens things life is going nowhere, until they take a road trip in search of everything.
A coming-of-age story rich in friendships and the shattering emotions of first love, this novel will resonate with teens emerging as adults in a sometimes hostile world.
Gene's life resembles a debutante's dream. Yet she hides a secret that would see her shunned by the nobility...
As the Faerie world turns upside down, Hazel has to become the knight she once pretended to be.
John Green & David Levithan
Told in alternating voices from two YA superstars, this collaborative novel features a double helping of the heart and humor that have won them both legions of fans.
Not-so-openly gay Simon prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight.
The story of Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children - a novella for fantasy readers.
The closeted son of an ultra-conservative president must keep a budding romance secret from his father while protecting himself from a sentient computer program that's terrorizing the United States.
I. W. Gregorio
A groundbreaking story about a teenage girl who discovers she's intersex, and what happens when her secret is revealed to the entire school.
For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die, and as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys love becomes a problem.