2017 YA Books with LGBT Themes

This list is for 2017 books with gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender characters or themes. Books on this list must be published for the YA or middle grade market.

Let me know if something doesn't belong here, and I'll delete it.
1

by
4.15 avg rating — 56,554 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
2

by
4.08 avg rating — 25,200 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
3

by
4.14 avg rating — 50,454 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
4

by
3.20 avg rating — 7,131 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
5

by
really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 45,787 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
6

by
4.34 avg rating — 14,809 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
7

by
3.97 avg rating — 29,460 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
8

by
4.15 avg rating — 14,561 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
9

by
3.90 avg rating — 6,196 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
10

by
4.18 avg rating — 3,239 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
11

by
4.16 avg rating — 3,586 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
12

by
3.74 avg rating — 11,181 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
13

by
3.32 avg rating — 749 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
14

by
4.02 avg rating — 3,845 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
15

by
3.74 avg rating — 3,584 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
16

by
4.06 avg rating — 108,575 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
17

by
4.53 avg rating — 66,627 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
18

by
4.17 avg rating — 2,408 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
19

by
3.64 avg rating — 3,043 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
20

by
3.94 avg rating — 7,609 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
21

by
3.67 avg rating — 2,576 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
22

by
4.17 avg rating — 1,410 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
23

by
3.59 avg rating — 572 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
24

by
4.37 avg rating — 400 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
25

by
4.22 avg rating — 11,888 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
26

by
4.17 avg rating — 1,638 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
27

by
3.86 avg rating — 2,844 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
28

by
3.63 avg rating — 4,538 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
29

by
3.75 avg rating — 4,275 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
30

by
4.16 avg rating — 116 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
31

by
3.95 avg rating — 526 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
31

by
3.61 avg rating — 197 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
33

by
3.96 avg rating — 1,029 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
34

by
3.41 avg rating — 391 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
35

by
4.38 avg rating — 34,080 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
36

by
3.75 avg rating — 1,707 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
37

by
3.96 avg rating — 2,233 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
38

by
3.79 avg rating — 4,308 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
39

by
3.71 avg rating — 1,083 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
40

by
3.57 avg rating — 1,219 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
41

by
3.81 avg rating — 6,205 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
42

by
4.03 avg rating — 30,037 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
43

by
4.08 avg rating — 1,109 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
44

by
4.29 avg rating — 1,238 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
45

by
3.74 avg rating — 1,139 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
46

by
3.72 avg rating — 656 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
47

by
4.07 avg rating — 501 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
48

by
4.11 avg rating — 1,503 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
49

by
3.81 avg rating — 5,572 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
50

by
3.55 avg rating — 607 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
51

by
3.84 avg rating — 404 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
52

by
4.37 avg rating — 5,530 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
53

by
3.89 avg rating — 728 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
54

by
4.25 avg rating — 350 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
55

by
4.34 avg rating — 186,085 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
56

by
4.36 avg rating — 5,124 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
57

by
3.51 avg rating — 499 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
58

by
4.23 avg rating — 1,320 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
59

by
3.89 avg rating — 4,391 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
60

by
4.18 avg rating — 7,524 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
61

by
3.57 avg rating — 22,291 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
62

by
3.35 avg rating — 611 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
63

by
3.54 avg rating — 140 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
64

by
3.81 avg rating — 3,899 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
65

by
3.63 avg rating — 683 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
66

by
3.48 avg rating — 124 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
67

by
4.09 avg rating — 3,811 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
68

by
4.10 avg rating — 2,826 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
69

by
3.91 avg rating — 2,329 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
70

by
3.82 avg rating — 496 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
71

by
3.32 avg rating — 1,959 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
72

by
4.19 avg rating — 55,563 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
73

by
3.23 avg rating — 2,814 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
74

by
3.71 avg rating — 167 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
75

by
3.97 avg rating — 1,273 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
76

by
3.53 avg rating — 341 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
77

by
3.73 avg rating — 1,006 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
78

by
4.27 avg rating — 823 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
79

by
3.53 avg rating — 1,903 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
79

by
4.25 avg rating — 37,717 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
81

by
4.22 avg rating — 9,474 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
82

by
4.33 avg rating — 14,594 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
83

by
3.39 avg rating — 1,546 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
84

by
2.42 avg rating — 38 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
85

by
4.20 avg rating — 622 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
86

by
4.22 avg rating — 24,002 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
87

by
3.60 avg rating — 772 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
88

by
4.07 avg rating — 2,257 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
89

by
3.70 avg rating — 1,058 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
90

by
3.82 avg rating — 285 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
91

by
4.16 avg rating — 34,211 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
92

by
3.97 avg rating — 1,357 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
93

by
4.01 avg rating — 12,793 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
94

by
4.34 avg rating — 11,743 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
95

by
4.03 avg rating — 3,082 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
96

by
3.73 avg rating — 1,735 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
97

by
4.02 avg rating — 168 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
98

by
4.30 avg rating — 18,624 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
99

by
3.51 avg rating — 4,256 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
100

by
3.71 avg rating — 3,617 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
flag this list (?)
344 likes · 
Lists are re-scored approximately every 5 minutes.


Rainbowheart 1964 books
109 friends
Ruth 976 books
120 friends
Emily 756 books
179 friends
Dahlia 3996 books
490 friends
Becca 1441 books
27 friends
Jasmine 8305 books
267 friends
Jarrah 781 books
14 friends
Ashley 2542 books
97 friends

More voters…


Comments Showing 1-48 of 48 (48 new)

dateDown arrow    newest »

message 2: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart Thanks for the heads up, Meredith! I added it to the list.


message 3: by Meredith (new)

Meredith Miller Thank you!


message 4: by Misa (new)

Misa Sugiura The Wishing Heart by J.C. Welker is a 2017 release LGBT Fantasy.


message 5: by Antonica (new)

Antonica WARRIOR is an LGBTQIA sci-fi/fantasy anthology out in Jan 2017! :) https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...


message 6: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart Annika, Warrior is YA? I didn't see any obvious sign that it was published for teens.


message 7: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart Removed Get It Together, Delilah! It was first published in 2015.


message 8: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart Removed Someday by David Levithan, which got pushed to 2018.


message 9: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart Removed The Tiger’s Daughter, which is adult fiction, not YA.


message 10: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart Removed Peter Darling, which is an adult m/m romance.


message 11: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart Removed My Perfect Me and P.S. I Miss You, both of which got pushed to 2018.


message 12: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart Removed The Unbinding of Mary Reade, which got pushed to 2018.


message 13: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart Removed The Prince and the Dressmaker, which got pushed to 2018, and There Will Be Other Summers, release date still unknown.


message 14: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart Removed Nice Try, Jane Sinner, which got pushed to 2018.


message 15: by Angela (new)

Angela Vera A list of cages by Robin Roe, a beautiful book, but I don't think it belongs in this list


message 16: by Rainbowheart (last edited Apr 10, 2017 08:52PM) (new)

Rainbowheart Hmmmm, two people have voted for A List of Cages. I see that a bunch of people have also shelved the book as LGBT, but googling doesn't bring up any evidence of characters fitting the description. For people who have read it, are there any LGBT characters at all, even minor ones?


message 17: by David (new)

David Rainbowheart wrote: "Hmmmm, two people have voted for A List of Cages. I see that a bunch of people have also shelved the book as LGBT, but googling doesn't bring up any evidence of characters fitting the description. ..."

I read it a few months ago, and I don't recall that there were. It was a pretty good book, nonetheless, but not LGBT.


message 18: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart Thanks for the info, David! I removed A List of Cages.


message 19: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart Removed Amelia Westlake, which got pushed to 2018.


message 20: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart Removed Boomerang, which got pushed to 2018.


Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd) Should The Cerulean by Amy Ewing (#178) be removed?
The author says on her website that it comes out in 2018


message 22: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart Removed The Cerulean. Thanks for the heads up, Jessica!

Also, erotica is *not* appropriate for this list. Please keep it YA, guys.


message 23: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart Removed Circle Unbroken, which got pushed to 2018, and Here So Far Away which also got pushed to 2018, and appears not to have an LGBT theme after all.


message 24: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart Removed The Last to Let Go and Kaitan Chronicles #2, which got pushed to 2018.


message 26: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart Thanks for the heads up, Kaelyn. I added that one.


message 27: by Justine (new)

Justine The Tiger's Watch by Julia Ember is a YA fantasy that was recently released that features a genderfluid protagonist.


message 28: by Justine (new)

Justine Also this list:

https://www.tor.com/2017/09/07/new-yo...

I'm sorry, I didn’t have time to go through and compare the lists to see if all these upcoming new releases were already on here, but I thought there were at least 1 or 2 missing. Is there actually a way to search the list by title? I wasn't sure about that.


message 29: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart Thanks, Justine. That was a great link. As far as I know, there's no way to search the list, but I added the ones that were missing. Feel free to vote as well. Anyone can add books. :)


message 30: by Justine (new)

Justine Oh that's too bad. Oh well, I will add books as I come across them! Thanks for maintaining this list ♡


message 31: by Todd (new)

Todd Add Decelerate Blue (YA graphic novel, same sex, lesbian relationship); Star Scouts (middle grades, one character has same sex parents). Thanks!


message 32: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart Thanks, Todd! I added Star Scouts. Decelerate Blue looks like it was originally released in 2009, so it's a bit too old for this list.


message 33: by Todd (new)

Todd Rainbowheart wrote: "Thanks, Todd! I added Star Scouts. Decelerate Blue looks like it was originally released in 2009, so it's a bit too old for this list."
...hmm, looks like First Second reprinted it this year, I wonder why my committee read it since we're only reading 2017 published books now... we'll have to work that out on our end. Thanks for the info!


message 34: by Rainbowheart (last edited Sep 30, 2017 10:39AM) (new)

Rainbowheart Removed Chainbreaker and The Curses, which got pushed to 2018.


message 35: by Jessie (new)

Jessie I love this list, thank you so much for creating it!!


message 36: by Carrie (new)

Carrie Pack I loved Moxie but there is no queer content apart from one scene where the MC sees two girls from the soccer team making out. One character is never mentioned before or again, and the other is a named character who only speaks like once or twice. I'd hardly call that an LGBTQ+ theme.


message 37: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart Hi Carrie, this list is for all books with LGBT characters, no matter how minor. :)


message 38: by Carrie (new)

Carrie Pack Rainbowheart wrote: "Hi Carrie, this list is for all books with LGBT characters, no matter how minor. :)"

Ok, I misunderstood, then. :)


message 39: by Todd (new)

Todd Could you add, I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina? After his death, Alfonso's family is visited by members of the BLM and LGBTQ movement.


message 40: by Todd (new)

Todd Add Between Two Skies - main character visits neighbor's son, who is gay, in New Orleans during Mardi Gras.


message 41: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart Todd, please feel free to vote for them! I can't add any more books since I'm already at the 100 vote limit.


message 42: by Todd (new)

Todd Got it! Thanks! It's great that there are so many books that could be on this list!


message 43: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart Removed for having their original 2017 release date delayed....

Twitch, Hold My Hand, If Found Return to Astropop, The Queer History Project, and These Books Belong to Ken Z.

Does anyone know if Castle on the River Vistula or Year of Yes by A. Hesik were ever actually released? They have ISBNs, but no reviews or hard copies appear to be in existence.


message 44: by Adina (new)

Adina I'll Give You The Sun isn't a recent publication, it's from 2014... Doesn't belong.


message 45: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart Thanks for catching that, Adina. I removed I'll Give You the Sun.


message 46: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart Removed An Unstill Life, Saving Hamlet, and two Spanish language books, which all have non-2017 first publication dates.


message 47: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart Removed some non-YA, non-2017 releases.


message 48: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart This list was a huge mess. Had to remove several non-2017 releases.


back to top