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Best Books for Gay Teens

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The best young adult novels for gay teens.

Rated 2 points - posted 8 years ago by missdeweydecimal in category Books.
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Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden Report Abuse
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Geography Club, by Brent Hartinger Report Abuse
When the teens in this novel find out that they are not allowed to create a Gay-Straight alliance in their high school, they decide instead to create The Geography Club. The Geography Club is a secret club which they assume will sound so boring that it will not attract any unwanted members. Funny and fast-paced, there are also two sequels: The Order of the Poison Oak and Split Screen.
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Am I Blue? Coming Out from the Silence edited by Marion Dane Bauer Report Abuse
This collection of short stories is written by several well-known young adult authors, and is the perfect book for any teenager dealing with his or her own sexuality or trying to work through the emotions of having a gay parent or friend.
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The Arizona Kid by Ron Koertege Report Abuse
Even though the main character of this story isn't gay, I think this is an excellent book for gay teens to show them that there are plenty of happy well-adjusted gay adults out there. In this story, a teenage boy spends the summer living with his gay uncle in Arizona while working at a horse ranch. The uncle’s story is only a subplot, but he is extremely likable and this story could be very helpful to teens who do not have any positive gay role models in their life.
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Freak Show by James St. James Report Abuse
Teenage drag queen Billy Bloom explodes onto the conservative scene at Eisenhower Academy to mixed reviews. Some are amused by his flamboyant antics while other literally want him dead.
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Totally Joe by James Howe Report Abuse
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Thinking Straight by Robin Reardon Report Abuse
Taylor Adams is shipped off to Straight to God, an institution which has promised his parents that they can“deprogram” troubled teenagers, and "cure" Taylor of being gay.
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So Hard to Say by Alex Sanchez Report Abuse
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How They Met & Other Stories by David Levithan Report Abuse
These 18 stories are all about love, all kinds of love, from the heart-breaking to the heart-warming.
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Deliver Us From Evie by M.E. Kerr Report Abuse
It isn't easy for 16-year-old Parr Burrman to live in his small rural town in Missouri, once everyone finds out that his older sister Evie is a lesbian. And things get much worse for him and his family when Evie leaves the family farm to live with the daughter of the town’s banker.
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Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan Report Abuse
While it isn't the first gay YA novel, it is certainly one of the most ground-breaking. This sometimes hilarious, sometimes heart-breaking story takes place in a "gaytopia" where everyone in the high school is accepting of homosexuality. Butch lesbian bikers cheer on the football team, and the gay straight alliance teaches the straight kids how to dance to the 80s pop that is played every morning instead of the Pledge of Allegiance.
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Rainbow Boys by Alex Sanchez Report Abuse
This book features a love triangle between three high school boys, all of whom are at different stages of the coming out process.
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Love & Lies: Marisol's Story by Ellen Wittlinger Report Abuse
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My Invented Life, Lauren Bjorkman Report Abuse
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The Misfits by James Howe Report Abuse
This is a great novel whose main character stands up not only for the rights of gays in his school, but also to put an end to bullying in general.
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Kissing Kate by Lauren Myracle Report Abuse
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Hero by Perry Moore Report Abuse
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Earthshine by Theresa Nelson Report Abuse
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Baby Be-Bop by Francesca Lia Block Report Abuse
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Out of the Pocket by Bill Konigsberg Report Abuse
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Nothing Pink by Mark Hardy Report Abuse
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True Believer by Virginia Euwer Wolff Report Abuse
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Hard Love by Ellen Wittlinge Report Abuse
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From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun by Jacqueline Woodson Report Abuse
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The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson Report Abuse
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