On the heels of an AP article chronicling the rise of LGBT YA books, this week HuffPo interns/contribs Jessie Kunhardt and Alexandra Carr offered up a list of 13 books for gay teens. According to the writers, “the following 13 books are just some of the great books out there today for and about LGBT teens—most are new, some are classics, but all are worth a read.” The list includes…

1. “Kissing Kate,” Lauren Myracle
Speak (April 19, 2007)

2. “Annie on my Mind,” Nancy Garden
Published 1982, re-issued by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), (2007)

3. “Absolutely, Positively Not,” David LaRochelle
Arthur A. Levine Books (June 1, 2005)

4. “The Bermudez Triangle,” Maureen Johnson
Razorbill (October 12, 2004)

5. “Rainbow Boys,” Alex Sanchez (Lambda Award Finalist, 2001)
Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing (October 1, 2001)

6. “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” Stephen Chbosky
Pocket Books (January 1, 1999)

7. “The Misfits,” James Howe
Atheneum (May 1, 2003)

8. “Jack,” A.M. Homes (Lambda Award Finalist 1989)
Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing; First Printing edition (November 30, 1989)

9. “The God Box,” Alex Sanchez
Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing (October 9, 2007)

10. “From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun,” Jacqueline Woodson (Lambda Award Winner, 1995)
The Blue Sky Press, 1995/Scholastic (May 1995)/Putnam Juvenile; 1 edition (January 7, 2010)

11. “Deliver Us From Evie,” M.E. Kerr
HarperTeen (August 18, 1995)

12. “Boy Meets Boy,” David Levithan (Lambda Award Winner, 2003)
Knopf Books for Young Readers (May 10, 2003)

13. “The Arizona Kid,” Ron Koertege
Joy Street Books; 1st edition (1988)

Frankly, the comments section is much more entertaining than the HuffPot post itself, but that’s what we expect from HuffPo isn’t it? We wrote our own list back in March.


4 Responses to “HuffPo’s ’13 Great Books For Gay Teens’”

  1. 19 July 2010 at 8:38 PM #

    And The Vast Field’s of Ordinary isn’t listed? It’s way good.

  2. 19 July 2010 at 9:54 PM #


  3. 20 July 2010 at 12:01 PM #

    An okay list, if you ask me. I think some stellar choices have been ignored of late, such as Reisz’s Tripping to Somewhere.

  4. 20 July 2010 at 1:36 PM #

    Annie On My Mind was good, but not really all that great. I’m glad to see Alex Sanchez on there, but WHERE is all the stuff that made me cry? LOL. Uhm, I think Emily Horner and Ellen Hopkins should be on here, along with Nick.

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