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2016 YA Books with LGBT Themes

This list is for 2016 books with gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender characters or themes. Books on this list must be published for the YA or middle grade market.

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3.93 avg rating — 188 ratings
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3.92 avg rating — 8,919 ratings
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3.77 avg rating — 295 ratings
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3.66 avg rating — 213,320 ratings
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43

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3.63 avg rating — 802 ratings
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3.93 avg rating — 723 ratings
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4.11 avg rating — 167 ratings
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3.95 avg rating — 509 ratings
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3.87 avg rating — 143 ratings
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4.34 avg rating — 90,403 ratings
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3.54 avg rating — 257 ratings
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4.34 avg rating — 59,488 ratings
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3.86 avg rating — 168 ratings
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3.94 avg rating — 18 ratings
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3.72 avg rating — 3,673 ratings
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3.49 avg rating — 480 ratings
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4.16 avg rating — 246 ratings
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253 books · 653 voters · list created August 15th, 2014 by Rainbowheart (votes) .
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message 1: by Corinne (new)

Corinne With regards to On the Edge of Gone: while several major characters are queer, the protagonist isn't.


message 2: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart Hi Corinne, awesome, thanks for letting me know! For this list, all LGBT characters are welcome to be included, even minor ones. :)


message 3: by Drew (new)

Drew History is All You Left Me comes out in 2017 :(


message 4: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart Thanks for letting me know! Looks like it got pushed to the following year. I'll go ahead and add it to the 2017 list instead.


message 5: by Shira (new)

Shira Glassman sorry, I'm a space case T_T I did it again, didn't I! Many apologies.


message 6: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart That's no problem at all! It does sound like an awesome book. I added it over to the Queer Princesses list that was recently created.


message 7: by Shira (new)

Shira Glassman Rainbowheart wrote: "That's no problem at all! It does sound like an awesome book. I added it over to the Queer Princesses list that was recently created."

Thanks! I made a list for 2016 LGBT New Adult, by the way, so if you get any more of 'em send 'em here:
https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/9...


message 8: by Jimdude44 (new)

Jimdude44 You should add Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare on here.


message 9: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart Thanks for the heads up, guys! I added Lady Midnight and will check out the New Adult list. :)


message 10: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart Removed the upcoming Becky Albertalli, which got pushed to 2017, and Bad Boy by Leah Raeder, which is NA, not YA.


message 11: by Eliza (new)

Eliza American Girls by Alison Umminger -- protagonist has a lesbian mom. It's just a detail and it's not what the book is about so I'm not sure if it's enough for your list, but I wanted to call it to your attention.


message 12: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart Awesome, thanks so much for the info! Yes, lesbian moms definitely qualify. I'll make sure to put it on the LGBT parent list, too.


message 13: by Shira (new)

Shira Glassman Ooh, there's a parent list? The Olive Conspiracy definitely belongs on there, it stars a lesbian mom with a bi lady partner and the dads (also a couple) even show up for a couple of chapter

(Unless you mean parents of the MC.)


message 14: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart Yes, there is a list.

Books for Teens with LGBT Parents

It could definitely use more voters! The only requirement is that the book be YA and contain at least one LGBT parent. It doesn't matter if it's the MC's parent or not.


message 15: by Shira (new)

Shira Glassman yup, I'm still NA. (But teen-friendly!)


message 16: by Rainbowheart (last edited Mar 19, 2016 01:49PM) (new)

Rainbowheart Removed Honestly Ben, Shadow Run, and Ramona Drowning, which all got pushed to 2017.


message 17: by [deleted user] (new)

you should add the book "Notes from a Blender" because a main character's dad is gay and she is accepting but learns her soon-to-be step brother (based upon her dad's new marriage to a man) is not so accepting. It's a good book even though that part is only a side story to the main plot.


message 18: by Rainbowheart (last edited Jul 07, 2016 08:47PM) (new)

Rainbowheart Sounds like a good story, but this list is only for books with an original publication date of 2016. Notes from the Blender came out in 2011.


message 19: by [deleted user] (new)

oops, I forgot to read the 2016 part. My bad.


message 20: by Melinda (last edited Aug 03, 2016 01:14PM) (new)

Melinda Moved Dress Codes for Small Towns to 2017 list.


message 21: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart Thanks Melinda! Shame that one got pushed to 2017. I've been looking forward to it for a while.


message 22: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart Removed Pretty by Justin Sayre, which got pushed to 2017.


message 23: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart I'm removing Kiss Number Eight and The Quiet Ones, release dates still unknown.


message 24: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart I removed Own Goal, which was not released in 2016. The press that was slated to publish it apparently shut down.


message 25: by Shira (new)

Shira Glassman Rainbowheart: that's true. I'm friends with the author and will try to stay on top of letting you know when the book has a home.


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