100 LGBTQ+ Books Every Teen Should Read

Let’s be honest, finding inclusive books can be tough, especially if you’re a young adult. Growing up is already difficult, but not seeing yourself or someone you care about represented in media or literature is bound to make matters worse. Fortunately, there’s been an increase in options for LGBTQ+ booklovers over the past few years. In honor of Pride Month, we’ve crafted a list of 100 books that feature LGBTQ+ characters living their lives in the supernatural, in love and out loud.

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1. All Out by Saundra Mitchell 2.Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher 3. Amberlough by Lara Elena Donnelly 4. An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green 5. Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro     6. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz 7. Ash by Malinda Lo 8. Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills 9. Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin 10. Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan 11. Brave Face: A Memoir by Shaun David Hutchinson 12. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell 13. The Dangerous Art of Blending In by Angelo Surmelis 14. Dread Nation by Justina Ireland 15. Dreadnought by April Daniels 16. Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour 17. Fan Art by Sarah Tregaythe 18. Far From You by Tess Sharpe 19. For Today I Am a Boy by Kim Fu 20. Fun Home by Alison Bechdel 21. Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan 22. Going Off Script by Jen Wilde 23.Heartstopper by Alice Oseman 24. Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins 25. History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera 26. Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan 27. How it Feels to Float by Helena Fox 28. How (Not) to Ask a Boy to Prom by S. J. Goslee 29. Huntress by Malinda Lo 30. I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman 31. I Wish You All The Best by Mason Deaver 32. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson 33. If I was Your Girl by Meredith Russo 34. If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan 35. In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan 36. It’s Not Like It’s a Secret by Misa Sugiura 37. Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore 38. Jaya and Rasa: A Love Story by Sonia Patel 39. Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera 40. Keeping You a Secret by Julie Anne Peters 41. Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens by Tanya Boteju 42. Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki 43. Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli 44. Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann 45. Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert 46. Lizard Radio by Pat Schmatz 47.Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller 48. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera 49. More than This by Patrick Ness 50. None of the Above by I. W. Gregorio 51. Not Your Villain by C.B. Lee 52. Odd One Out by Nic Stone 53. Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst 54. On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden 55. Our Dreams at Dusk by Yuhki Kamatani 56. Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde 57. Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World by Sarah Prager 58. Radio Silence by Alice Oseman 59. Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston 60. Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown 61. Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand 62. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli 63. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo 64. Someday by David Levithan 65. Song of the Dead by Sarah Glenn Marsh 66. Speak No Evil by Uzodinma Iweala 67. Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle 68. Spinning by Tillie Walden 69. Spy Stuff by Matthew J. Metzger 70. Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin 71. Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee 72. That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger 73. The Afterward by E.K. Johnston 74. The Arsonist by Stephanie Oakes 75. The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson 76. The Disasters by M. K. England 77. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee 78. The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle 79. The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee 80. The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan 81. The Meaning of Birds by Jaye Robin Brown 82. The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth 83. The Music of What Happens by Bill Konigsberg 84. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky 85. The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang 86. The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston 87. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater 88. The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu 89. The Spy with the Red Balloons by Katherine Locke 90. The Storyteller by Traci Chee 91. The Summer of Jordi Perez (And the Best Burger in Los Angeles) by Amy Spalding 92. The Unintentional Time Traveler by Everett Maroon 93. These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling 94. They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera 95. We Are Okay by Nina LaCour 96. We Contain Multitudes by Sarah Henstra 97. What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera 98. When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore 99. Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore 100. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan

Have another great title that should be on this list? Let us know in the comments!

3 thoughts on “100 LGBTQ+ Books Every Teen Should Read

  1. Oops, knew I would find my recommendations as soon as I looked back after I made them! 😊 At least one was already on the list. This is a great list! I have quite a few of these in my classroom library already and this is a great resource for adding more. Thank you!

  2. Love a lot of these books! I will say that An Absolutely Remarkable Thing and Red White & Royal Blue are both adult novels. Older teens might be fine with them, but they’re meant for adult readers. 🙂

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