Goodreads Gift Guide: David Levithan's Young Adult LGBT Picks

Posted by Cybil on November 22, 2016



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This holiday season, Goodreads asked New York Times bestselling author David Levithan to suggest some of his favorite LGBT Young Adult books to give as gifts.

In 2003, Levithan ushered in what Vice called the "a golden age of gay young adult (YA) fiction" with his debut novel Boy Meets Boy. In a review of the novel at the time, Booklist said: "In its blithe acceptance and celebration of human differences, this is arguably the most important gay novel since Annie on My Mind and seems to represent a revolution in the publishing of gay-themed books for adolescents."

The love story has gone on to inspire a new generation of LGBT Young Adult authors. And Levithan has continued to enthrall readers with books including Will Grayson, Will Grayson, and Every Day, among many others. His latest book You Know Me Well with co-author Nina LaCour chronicles the friendship between a gay boy and a lesbian girl.


George by Alex Gino
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An amazing middle-grade novel about being who you are, even if the world initially sees you as the wrong gender. I edited this book and it's one of the great loves of my career.


Rapture Practice: A True Story About Growing Up Gay in an Evangelical Family by Aaron Hartzler and Christian Robinson
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There aren't enough YA memoirs about coming of age queer, but Aaron's deftly talks about the collision course of growing up religious and growing up gay.


Proxy by Alex London
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Because not all LGBT+ YA fiction has to be realistic—this is a kickass sci-if thriller with a queer protagonist.


Empress of the World by Sara Ryan
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A classic worth revisiting about two girls falling in love.


The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
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A fantasy novel that's heartbreakingly real and inspiringly strong in drawing its queer protagonist.


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