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Gay/lesbian teen novels? do they exist?

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purples Tue 22-Jul-14 18:54:44

My wonderful daughter has gradually come out as gay. She is happy to talk to me about it and I just want her to be happy with whatever paths she chooses in life.
Being a teenager is not easy, there are alot of emotions to deal with, whatever your sexuality.
She loves reading, but is complaining to me that most teen novels don't have gay/lesbian characters.
Any ideas of novels with gay/lesbian characters suitable for a 14 year old?? (nothing too explicit!)

bette06 Tue 22-Jul-14 22:55:37

The Miseducation of Cameron Post:

www.amazon.co.uk/Miseducation-Cameron-Post-emily-danforth/dp/0062020579/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

Annie on My Mind:

www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0374400113/ref=s9_simh_gw_p14_d0_i2?pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_s=center-3&pf_rd_r=0KTCVHPBQ9KVXG4FYM19&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=455333147&pf_rd_i=468294

Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit (not really a teen novel but about a teenager - and I read it when I was about that age):

www.amazon.co.uk/Oranges-Are-Not-Only-Fruit/dp/0099935708/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1406065865&sr=1-1&keywords=oranges+are+not+the+only+fruit

BlueberryMuffins76 Sat 23-Aug-14 09:22:34

Days of Grace is a lovely book. It's not an overtly LGBT book but the main character is gay and it's really well written.

letsplaynice Sun 19-Oct-14 23:46:39

Sugar Rush was a teen book before channel 4 turned it into a tv programme both were great.

JubJubBirds Sun 19-Oct-14 23:54:50

I loved Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit as a teen, definitely second that suggestion. It had the benefit of introducing me to Winterson as an amazing author and therefore also a positive lesbian role model.

Rubyfruit Jungle is another good one this time with a very strong lesbian protagonist who fights against a male dominated 1950s America. Its not explicit necessarily but sex is a commom theme throughout so maybe read it yourself first then recommend it when you feel ready.

Roseformeplease Sun 19-Oct-14 23:58:48

Some of the Sarah Waters novels are adult but beautifully written - Tipping the Velvet etc

Xarra Mon 03-Apr-17 22:32:02

If she likes fantasy, try Magic's Pawn by Mercedes Lackey (and other Valdemar novels) - or Luck in the Shadows by Lynn Flewelling (I think that's the first one)... Not teen, but normal adult fantasy (not in that sense! Stuff fades to black at most!) and very good. smile Both m/m based, but the Valdemar stuff has some female couples (and at least 1 female trio!) in as well. smile

ActuallyThatsSUPREMECommander Mon 03-Apr-17 22:37:07

Nico eventually comes out in the Percy Jackson books. The teens all squeeee like mad.

(And Clarisse and Silena are totally bisexual).

nooka Tue 04-Apr-17 05:40:27

I bought my dd some books with lesbian and bisexual characters a couple of years ago at about the same age. It wasn't easy, lots of books about being a gay teenage boy or with gay teenage boys but rather fewer with girls. I think I got six or seven in the end, including Annie on my mind and the Miseducation of Cameron Post (which was excellent but at times very painful). If your dd likes fantasy then you could try Adaption/Inheritance by Malida Lo although we thought it started strong and faded a bit.

If you aren't so focused on girls then dd loves Rainbow Rowell's Carry On, Aristotle and Dante, Bill Konisberg (we have a few), David Levithan (especially Two Boys Kissing) and I really liked Patrick Ness's More Than This (although it is also painful). dd loves Nico too smile

PrincessOnTheInternet Tue 25-Apr-17 22:02:52

(Partly) closeted lesbian teenager here who loves nothing more than reading LGBT books (and daydreaming of being out one day) - I agree that there's not many female/lesbian representations in books. At least, all of the books I've seen have been male/male representations...

The LGBT books I've read that focus on females:

Cherry - this also focuses on a fair few heterosexual couples and the plot involves girls planning to have sex/having sex. Sex is described but pretty tamely - orgasms are called 'fireworks' lol!
But there is lesbian representation!

Unspeakable - LOVED this one!!!

BarbarianMum Wed 03-May-17 14:34:03

The "Demon Road" trilogy by Derek Landy.

TheCountessofFitzdotterel Wed 03-May-17 14:36:49

If she likes historical fiction, Wildthorn by Jane Eagland is good.

TheCountessofFitzdotterel Wed 03-May-17 16:32:26

Another one: Love In Revolution by B.R. Collins
And a boy one: Supermassive by Nina Rossing.

CheerfulMuddler Fri 12-May-17 12:41:29

There's a Goodreads list here - ranked according to popularity.

www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/ya-lgbt

CheerfulMuddler Fri 12-May-17 12:46:59

A couple of specifically lesbian ones:

www.goodreads.com/list/show/16326.Lesbian_teen_fiction?page=1

www.goodreads.com/list/show/34205.Lesbian_Historical_YA#33876596

And one for books from the UK:

www.goodreads.com/list/show/89305.UK_YA_LGBTQIA_Titles#33876596

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