young adult books

electricity's picture

I'm a 16 year old girl, fresh from the closet, looking to get more acquainted with the gay world. Why not start with literature?

Any suggestions on something young-adultish/slightly more mature than normal "teen" books?

Toph's picture

I heard the author Michelle

I heard the author Michelle Tea has some books like that, though I haven't read any of her books.

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rowie's picture

julie anne peters is good,

julie anne peters is good, although not awfully mature.
try nancy gardens "annie on my mind" its good and its set a while ago, you can really get a sense of how much things have changed for the LGBT community in the past few years.
also you MUST read "boy meets boy" if just for the brilliant phrases levithan uses.
oh and "jack" is also a good book although i cant remember who wrote it.
there are a few other good ones, let me know if you want to know anything else.

--i used to be a tomboy, now im a full grown lesbian--

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Lol-taire's picture

'Oranges are not the only

'Oranges are not the only fruit' by Jeanette Winterston I guess is a bit of a cliche to suggest, but I read it quite a few times between the ages of 13-16- all the Englishy, not really straight girls did. I guess it's not technically a teen book, but I think if you're a lesbian teenager there's a law that you have to read it.

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* VALENCIA by michelle tea *

if u want something mature, this is it. it's about people who are in their early 20's, so they're "young adults". it has a lot of "sexual situations" and drugs and stuff that real teenagers do. it's so interesting, fast-moving, poetic, not the "traditional" style of novel-writing. it doesn't really have a plot, it's basically just this girl telling stories about her life, the people around her, and all the experiences they have. there are tons of different characters, and most of them are queer. this book isn't really about "being gay", it's more just about being alive and being in love. it's funny, wierd, gritty, sensual and sad. another thing that's cool is, jeff interviewed michelle and she said the whole book is true. all the stuff actually happened, she just had to change the names and some details.

julie ann peters is a great writer, but her style is more appropriate for 12-14 year olds.

"annie in my mind" is boring and out-dated. if u want some good lesbian books, there are so many better ones out there that are actually interesting and funny and relevant to our current lives.

another book i recommend is, "please don't kill the freshman" by zoe trope. it's also a really wierd and very "non-traditional" kind of book, but it's about queer teens, and it's so unique. the narrator is a girl in high school, and again this book is based largely on true events.

Imstillhere's picture

*cry* i do not know of any

*cry* i do not know of any either :( hopefully i can find some too because lately all the books ive found are too young and/or just not what im looking for.