Young Adult

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These titles are all Fiction. Young Adult Non-Fiction can be found under the Non-Fiction heading. Graphic Novels can be found here.

  • B/P/Q/A – MC is bisexual, pansexual, queer/questioning, and/or asexual (B/P = character is questioning on-page which of those labels fits and never decides)
  • + = label is stated explicitly on-page
  • ~Also includes allocishet POVs
  • Titles with MCs of color or indigenous MCs by BIPoC are in purple
  • * = Not yet released
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Please note multi-POV books will be listed twice where more than one list is appropriate.

Queer Male Protagonists

Contemporary

Historical

Fantasy/Paranormal/Horror

Sci-Fi/Dystopian/Non-Fantastical Speculative

Queer Female Protagonists

Contemporary

Historical

Fantasy/Paranormal/Magical Realism/Fabulism/Horror

Sci-Fi/Dystopian/(Post-)Apocalyptic/Non-Fantastical Speculative

Transgender Protagonists (Binary)

Boys, Realistic Contemporary

Boys, Historical

  • Self Made Boys by Anna-Marie McLemore
  • “Roja” by Anna-Marie McLemore in All Out (LI)

Boys, Speculative

Girls, Contemporary

Girls, Historical

Girls, Speculative

Non-Binary Protagonists

Agender, Speculative

Bigender, Contemporary

Bigender, Speculative

  • *Venom & Vow by Anna-Marie McLemore and Elliott McLemore

Demiboy, Contemporary

Demigirl, Speculative

Genderfluid, Contemporary

Genderfluid, Speculative

Genderqueer, Contemporary

Genderqueer, Speculative

Non-Binary, Contemporary

Non-Binary, Speculative

Intersex Protagonists

Contemporary

Speculative

Polyamorous Protagonists

Explicitly Bi Love Interests (to Heterosexual Main Characters)

Explicitly Bi/Pan Love Interests (to Homosexual Main Characters)

Explicitly Bi/Pan Love Interests (to Bi/Pan Main Characters)

Implicitly Bi/Pan LIs to Heterosexual MCs (as seen in Historical/SFF)

Implicitly Bi/Pan LIs to Homosexual MCs (as seen in Historical/SFF)

Implicitly Bi/Pan LIs to Bi/Pan MCs (as seen in Historical/SFF)

Transgender/NB Love Interests (to Cisgender Protagonists)

Female

Male

Non-Binary

Transgender/NB Love Interests (to Transgender/NB Protagonists)

Fiction Anthologies with Queer Representation

Entire Anthologies

  • *Night of the Living Queers ed. by Alex Brown and Shelly Page
  • Short Stuff ed. by Alysia Constantine
  • *Queer Beasties ed. by Rob Costello
  • Summer Love ed. by Duet Books
  • Proud ed. by Juno Dawson
  • *Transmogrify! by g. haron-davis
  • All Out ed. by Saundra Mitchell
  • Out Now ed. by Saundra Mitchell
  • Out There ed. by Saundra Mitchell

Select Stories from Anthologies with At Least 3 Queer Stories

  •  His Hideous Heart ed. by Dahlia Adler (“Lygia” by Dahlia Adler, “The Murders at the Rue Apartelle, Boracay” by Rin Chupeco, “Night-Tide” by Tessa Gratton, “A Drop of Missing Ink” by Emily Lloyd-Jones, “Changeling” by Marieke Nijkamp, “The Glittering Death” by Caleb Roehrig)
  • That Way Madness Lies ed. by Dahlia Adler (“Some Other Metal” by AR Capetta and Cory McCarthy, “King of the Fairies” by Anna-Marie McLemore, “The Tragedy of Cory Lanez” by Tochi Onyebuchi, “Shipwrecked” by Mark Oshiro, “Dreaming of the Dark” by Lindsay Smith)
  • At Midnight ed. by Dahlia Adler (“Say My Name” by Dahlia Adler, “Mother’s Mirror” by H.E. Edgmon, “A Flame So Bright” by Malinda Lo, “HEA” by Alex London, “Sugar Plum” by Anna-Marie McLemore, “The Littlest Mermaid” by Meredith Russo)
  • *Out of Our League ed. by Dahlia Adler and Jennifer Iacopelli (Naomi Kanakia, Cam Montgomery, Marieke Nijkamp)
  • Meet Cute ed. by Jennifer Armentrout (“Print Shop” by Nina LaCour, “Oomph” by Emery Lord, “Somewhere That’s Green” by Meredith Russo)
  • Fools in Love ed. by Ashley Herring Blake and Rebecca Podos (“Bloom” by Rebecca Barrow, “Edges” by Ashley Herring Blake, “Boys Noise” by Mason Deaver, “My Best Friend’s Girl” by Sara Farizan, “(Fairy)like Attracts Like” by Claire Kann, “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” by Malinda Lo, “And” by Hannah Moskowitz, “Silver and Gold” by Natasha Ngan, “Five Stars” by Amy Spalding, “Unfortunately, Blobs Do Not Eat Snacks” by Rebecca Kim Wells, “What Makes Us Heroes” by Julian Winters)
  • A Phoenix First Must Burn ed. by Patrice Caldwell (Amerie, Patrice Caldwell, “Sequence” by J. Marcelle Corrie, “All the Time in the World” by Charlotte Nicole Davis, “Wherein Abigail Fields Recalls Her First Death and, Subsequently, Her Best Life” by Rebecca Roanhorse)
  • Eternally Yours ed. by Patrice Caldwell (“Who Will Save Me” by Julian Winters, “Katrine and Rowan’s Exit Interview” by Sarah Gailey, “Kiss the Boy” by Adib Khorram, “La Bruja Y La Sirena” by Anna-Marie McLemore)
  • Hungry Hearts ed. by Elsie Chapman and Caroline Tung Richmond (“Gimme Some Sugar” by Jay Coles, “Side Work” by Sara Farizan, “Panederia – Pasteleria” by Anna-Marie McLemore, “Bloom” by Phoebe North)
  • Vampires Never Get Old ed. by Zoraida Córdova and Natalie C. Parker (Victoria Schwab)
  • Mermaids Never Drown ed. by Zoraida Córdova and Natalie C. Parker
  • Faerie Never Lie ed. by Zoraida Córdova and Natalie C. Parker
  • Battle of the Bands ed. by Lauren Gibaldi and Eric Smith (“Cecilia” by Ashley Poston, Jenn Marie Thorne)
  • First Year Orientation ed. by Lauren Gibaldi and Eric Smith
  • Fresh Ink ed. by Lamar Giles (“Meet Cute” by Malinda Lo, “Why I Learned to Cook” by Sara Farizan, “Catch, Pull, Drive” by Schuyler Bailar)
  • Grim ed. by Christine Johnson (“The Twelfth Girl” by Malinda Lo)
  • It’s a Whole Spiel ed. by Katherine Locke and Laura Silverman
  • (“Indoor Kids” by Alex London, “The Hold” by David Levithan, “Some Days You’re the Sidekick, Some Days You’re the Superhero” by Katherine Locke, “Neilah” by Hannah Moskowitz)
  • Color Outside the Lines ed. by Sangu Mandanna (“Your Life Matters” by L.L. McKinney, “Death and the Maiden” by Tara Sim, “Gilman Street” by Michelle Ruiz Keil)
  • All Signs Point to Yes ed. by Cam Montgomery, g. haron davis, and Adrianne White
  • All These Sunken Souls ed. by Circe Moskowitz
  • My True Love Gave to Me ed. by Stephanie Perkins (“Your Temporary Santa” by David Levithan)
  • Summer Days & Summer Nights ed. by Stephanie Perkins (“The End of Love” by Nina LaCour, “Souvenirs” by Tim Federle)
  • Take the Mic ed. by Bethany C. Morrow (“Parker Outside the Box” by Ray Stoeve)
  • Unbroken ed. by Marieke Nijkamp (“The Leap and the Fall” by Kayla Whaley, “A Play in Many Parts” by Fox Benwell, “The Ballad of Weary Daughters” by Kristine Wyllys, “A Curse, a Kindness” by Corinne Duyvis)
  • Three Sides of a Heart ed. by Natalie C. Parker (“Riddles in Mathematics” by Katie Cotugno, “Before She Was Bloody” by Tessa Gratton, “Unus, Duo, Tres” by Bethany Hagen, “Dread South” by Justina Ireland, Alaya Dawn Johnson, “Lessons for Beginners” by Julie Murphy, “Cass, An, and Dra” by Natalie C. Parker)
  • Toil & Trouble ed. by Tess Sharpe and Jessica Spotswood (Tehlor Kay Mejia, Tess Sharpe, Elizabeth May)
  • Up All Night ed. by Laura Silverman
  • Game On ed. by Laura Silverman
  • Firsts and Lasts ed. by Laura Silverman
  • A Tyranny of Petticoats ed. by Jessica Spotswood (“City of Angels” by Lindsay Smith and “The Whole World is Watching” by Robin Talley)
  • The Radical Element ed. by Jessica Spotswood (“Glamour” by Anna-Marie McLemore, “Step Right Up” by Jessica Spotswood)
  • Cool. Awkward. Black. ed. by Karen Strong (Julian Winters)
  • Black Enough ed. by Ibi Zoboi (“Wild Horses, Wild Hearts” by Jay Coles, “Kissing Sarah Smart” by Justina Ireland, “Out of the Silence” by Kekla Magoon, “Whoa!” by Rita Garcia Williams)

Queering up your shelf, one rec at a time!

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