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Booklists are available in the Youth Services Department.

Many titles are available as electronic downloads in audio or eBook format.  Ask at the Youth Desk for assistance or more information.

The Vast Fields of Ordinary (YA BUR) 

by Nick Burd

The summer after graduating from an Iowa high school, eighteen-year-old Dade Hamilton watches his parents’ marriage disintegrate, ends his long-term, secret relationship, comes out of the closet, and savors first love.

Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List (YA COH) 

by Rachel Cohn

Although they have been friends and neighbors all their lives, straight Naomi and gay Ely find their relationship severely strained during their freshman year at New York University.

My Heartbeat (YA FRE, YA CD FRE)

by Garret Freymann-Weyr

As she tries to understand the closeness between her older brother and his best friend, fourteen-year-old Ellen finds her relationship with each of them changing.

King of the Screwups (YA GOI) 

by K.L. Going

After getting in trouble yet again, popular high school senior Liam, who never seems to live up to his wealthy father’s expectations, is sent to live in a trailer park with his gay “glam-rocker” uncle.

Hello, Groin (YA GOO)

by Beth Goobie

Sixteen-year-old Dylan tries to understand her feelings for her girlfriend Joq at the same time she is dating her boyfriend Cam.

Last Exit to Normal  (YA HAR)

by Michael Harmon

Yanked out of his city life and plunked down into a small Montana town with his father and his father’s boyfriend, seventeen-year-old Ben, angry and resentful about the changed circumstances of his life, begins to notice that something is not quite right with the little boy next door and determines to do something about it.

The Geography Club (YA HAR)

by Brent Hartinger

A group of gay and lesbian teenagers finds mutual support when they form the “Geography Club” at their high school.

The Bermudez Triangle (YA JOH)

by Maureen Johnson

The friendship of three high school girls and their relationships with their friends and families are tested when two of them fall in love with each other.

My Most Excellent Year: A novel of love, Mary Poppins, and Fenway Park (YA KLU)

by Steve Kluger

Three teenagers in Boston narrate their experiences of a year of new friendships, first loves, and coming into their own.

Absolutely, Positively Not (YA LAR)

by David LaRochelle

Chronicles a teenage boy’s humorous attempts to fit in at his Minnesota high school by becoming a macho, girl-loving, “Playboy” pinup-displaying heterosexual.

How They Met, and Other Stories (YA LEV) 

by David Levithan

A collection of eighteen stories describing the surprises, sacrifices, doubts, pain, and joy of falling in love.

Luna (YA PET)

by Julie Ann Peters

Fifteen-year-old Regan’s life, which has always revolved around keeping her older brother Liam’s transsexuality a secret, changes when Liam decides to start the process of “transitioning” by first telling his family and friends that he is a girl who was born in a boy’s body.

Empress Of The World (YA RYA)

by Sara Ryan

While attending a summer institute, fifteen-year-old Nic meets another girl named Battle, falls in love with her, and finds the relationship to be difficult and confusing.

The God Box (YA SAN)

by Alex Sanchez

When openly gay Manuel transfers to Paul’s high school, Paul, a born-again Christian, begins to question his own sexuality.

Hard Love (YA WIT)

by Ellen Wittlinger

After starting to publish a ‘zine in which he writes his secret feelings about his lonely life and his parents’ divorce, sixteen-year-old John meets an unusual girl and begins to develop a healthier personality.

After Tupac and D Foster (YA WOO)

by Jacqueline Woodson

In the New York City borough of Queens in 1996, three girls bond over their shared love of Tupac Shakur’s music, as together they try to make sense of the unpredictable world in which they live.