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While there a lot of lists out there that claim to be the ultimate for this or that reason, the best site I have found so far is True Colorz.  TC is a web space dedicated exclusively to Young Adult LGBTQ literature. TC was started by a group of authors and readers who recognized the need for a site which exclusively features YA books and their authors. If you haven’t been there to check it out, I strongly suggest that you go to True Colorz right now and check it out.

I’ve been slowly pulling together my ultimate list of YA GLBT literature:


Surviving Elite High by John Ames


Jay Bell

Something Like Summer [Great writer, great book]

Something Like Winter  [Great writer, great book]

Something Like Autumn [Great writer, great book]

Something Like Spring [Next on my “To Read” list]

Something Like Lightning [On my “To Read” list]

Something Like Thunder [On my “To Read” list]


Vintage: A Ghost Story by Steve Berman

Baby Be-Bop by Francesca Lia Block

The Value of X by Poppy Z. Brite

Entries from a Hot Pink Notebook by Todd D. Brown [Love this book; unfortunately long out of print]

The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd


Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You by Peter Cameron

How Beautiful the Ordinary edited by Michael Cart

Dance on My Grave by Aidan Chambers

Fate Lends a Leg by Jax Cordoba [Good book; I met the author; nice guy]


Jeff Erno

Dumb Jock by Jeff Erno [I met him; nice guy; good writer; great stories]

Another Dumb Jock by Jeff Erno

Dumb Jock 3: Appearances Matter by Jeff Erno

Trust Me by Jeff Erno


With or Without You by Brian Farrey

The Screwed-up Life of Charlie the Second by Drew Ferguson

By That Sin Fell the Angels by Jamie Fessenden [Absolutely phenomenal book]

Suicide Notes by Michael Thomas Ford [Good book]


The Thunder in His Head by Gene Gant [Good book]

My Heartbeat by Garrett Freymanm-Weyr


David Gerrold

The Man Who Folded Himself by David Gerrold [This is My All Time Favorite Book!!!]

Jumping off the Planet by David Gerrold [Read it; good book]

Bouncing off the Moon by David Gerrold [Read it; good book]

Leaping to the Stars by David Gerrold [Read it; good book]


Two Parties, One Tux, and A Very Short Film About the Grapes of Wrath by Steven Goldman

Mariposa Club by Rigoberto Gonzalez


John Goode

Maybe With a Chance of Certainty by John Goode [this became part of Tales from Foster High]

The End of the Beginning by John Goode [this became part of Tales from Foster High]

Raise Your Glass by John Goode [this became part of Tales from Foster High]

Tales from Foster High, Book 1 by John Goode [This guy is a phenomenal writer; I love his work] This book is a compilation and reworking of the three novellas listed immediately above.

End of the Innocence – Tales from Foster High, Book 2 [This guy is a phenomenal writer; I love his work]

Distant Rumblings: Lords of Arcadia Book One by John Goode [If you like fantasy; good book]

Eye of the Storm: Lords of Arcadia Book Two by John Goode [If you like fantasy you will love this trilogy]


Last Exit to Normal by Michael B. Harmon


Brent Hartinger

Geography Club by Brent Hartinger [Wonderful book; skip the movie – it was horrible]

The Order of the Poison Oak by Brent Hartinger

The Thing I Don’t Know I Didn’t Know by Brent Hartinger [Wonderful book; skip the movie]

Barefoot in the City of Broken Dreams by Brent Hartinger

The Road to Amazing by Brent Hartinger (Coming in 2016)


Jack by A.M. Homes

Tricks by Ellen Hopkins

Totally Joe by James Howe

Freaks and Revelations by Davida Wills Hurwin

After School Activities by Dirk Hunter  [Great writer, great book]


Freak Show by James St. James

Drown by Alex Jones [ok; well-written; deals with self-mutilation; not a fun topic]

Another Kind of Cowboy by Susan Juby


Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher

Desert Sons by Mark Kendrick [Great writer, great book]

Into This World We’re Thrown by Mark Kendrick [Great writer, great book]

My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, and Fenway Park by Steve Kluger

Out of the Pocket by Bill Konigsberg


The Last Herald Mage trilogy by Mercedes Lackey

Absolutely Positively Not by David LaRochelle


David Leviathan

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Leviathan [I was not that impressed; I wanted to be but found it lacking]

Boy Meets Boy by David Leviathan

Wide Awake by David Leviathan

Love is the Higher Law by David Leviathan


Absolute Brightness by James Lecesne

Dramarama by E. Lockhart


The Year of Ice by Brian Malloy

Twelve Long Months by Brian Malloy

The Wicked Lovely Series by Melissa Marr

The Straight Road to Kylie by Nico Medina

Rounding Third by Walter G. Meyer [loved it]


Robbie Michaels [I had to add my own books]

Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover (The Most Popular Guy in the School Book 1) by Robbie Michaels

Go West, Young Man (The Most Popular Guy in the School Book 2) by Robbie Michaels

A Star is Born (The Most Popular Guy in the School Book 3) by Robbie Michaels

Caught by Robbie Michaels

Caught 2: Caught in the Middle by Robbie Michaels


Hero by Perry Moore

Sunblood by Maria Mora

Shine by Lauren Myracle

Exiled to Iowa. Send Help. And Couture. by Chris O’Guinn


Play Me, I’m Yours by Madison Parker [I adore her]

Sprout by Dale Peck [Read it; good book]

Blood Hound by Tamora Pierce


Mark Roeder

A Better Place by Mark A. Roeder

Do You Know That I Love You by Mark A. Roeder

Keeper of Secrets by Mark A. Roeder

Outfield Menace by Mark A. Roeder [Book 1 of Gay Youth Chronicles; good book]

Snow Angel by Mark A. Roeder [Book 2 of Gay Youth Chronicles; great book]

Someone is  Watching by Mark A. Roeder

The Summer of My Discontent by Mark A. Roeder

In Mike We Trust by P.E. Ryan

Saints of Augustine by P. E. Ryan


Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Saenz

The Rainbow Boys Trilogy by Alex Sanchez

So Hard To Say by Alex Sanchez

Swimming in the Monsoon Sea by Shyam Selvadurai

A Really Nice Prom Mess by Brian Sloan

Stick by Andrew Smith

Big Guy by Robin H. Stevenson


The Blue Lawn by William Taylor

Please Don’t Kill The Freshmen by Zoe Trope


Peter by Kate Walker

Dishes by Rich Wallace

My Heartbeat by Garret Freymann-Weyr

A Vigil for Joe Rose by Michael Whatling

Bad Boys by Diana J. Wieler

Teenage Rewrite by Brandon Williams

What They Always Tell Us by Martin Wilson


Hushed by Kelly York