In honor of LGBT history month, we’ve compiled a list of popular young adult reads whose main characters are growing up in the community and learning to be themselves. College students – the age group most known for coming out – can relate to these characters and perhaps find solace in their stories. After reading these books, some teens have even been inspired to come out to their own families. Although once considered taboo, the genre is gaining popularity among young readers.
LGBT community itself is also gaining popularity, especially on SU’s campus. If you are a part of the community or are just interested in learning more about the subject, set aside some time to read one of these novels and delve into the characters’ lives.
Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
“This is a happy-meaningful romantic comedy about finding love, losing love, and doing what it takes to get love back in a crazy-wonderful world.” (Goodreads)
Will Grayson, Will Grayson – John Green
“Hilarious, poignant, and deeply insightful, John Green and David Levithan’s collaborative novel is brimming with a double helping of the heart and humor that have won both of them legions of faithful fans.”
Girl Walking Backwards by Bett Williams
“In this anti-coming-of-age novel, where growing up is irrelevant, this is the best gift of all.” (Goodreads)
Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden
“This groundbreaking book is the story of two teenage girls whose friendship blossoms into love and who, despite pressures from family and school that threaten their relationship, promise to be true to each other and their feelings. This book is so truthful and honest, it has been banned from many school libraries and even publicly burned in Kansas City.” – Goodreads
By Caleigh Gran