Category Archives: queer protagonist

Swans & Klons

Nora Olsen, May 2013.  A couple of centuries from now, men are obsolete and society is dominated by women. Rubric is sixteen and in training to become a Panna, or upper-middle-class career woman; she’s served by Klons, who aren’t human … Continue reading

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Bi-Normal

M.G. Higgins, July 2013. Brett is a sixteen-year-old football player with problems.  His mom is dead, and his little sister drives him crazy, and his hot girlfriend Jillia isn’t ready for sex.  Still, no problem Brett’s got is as bad … Continue reading

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When Love Comes to Town

Tom Lennon, 1993 with March 2013 re-release. Irish teen Neil is a rugby player and successful with the girls, so he can’t possibly tell anyone he’s actually gay.  Instead, he puts up a good front to his friends but secretly … Continue reading

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Tilt

Ellen Hopkins, September 2012.  This book is primarily narrated by three teenagers, with a few other voices popping up from time to time.  Mikayla has fallen too hard for the wrong boy and now finds herself pregnant. Harley is a … Continue reading

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Between You & Me

Marisa Calin, August 2012.  Teenage Phyre (yeah) has a new drama teacher, and she’s infatuated. Mia is beautiful, confident, and talented, and even lets the students call her by her first name.  Phyre isn’t used to crushing on girls, but … Continue reading

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Beautiful Music for Ugly Children

Kirstin Cronn-Mills, October 2012.  Gabe has always known he’s a boy, but his body (female) and his legal name (Elizabeth) say otherwise.  He’s finally come out to his parents and his best friend Paige, but people at school call him … Continue reading

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Starting from Here

Lisa Jenn Bigelow, September 2012.  In Bigelow’s first novel, teenage Colby knows she’s gay but doesn’t want to tell her dad. Since her mom died, he’s been distant anyway, spending most of his time on the road (he’s a trucker). … Continue reading

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Better Nate than Ever

Tim Federle, February 2013.  Thirteen-year-old Nate lives in Jankburg, Pennsylvania, with a family he can’t relate to. He’s bullied in school for being pudgy and effeminate; his only solace is best friend Libby, who understands his Broadway dreams and helps … Continue reading

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Adaptation

Malinda Lo, September 2012.  Lo’s third novel and first foray into book-length science fiction is set in 2014 America, where teenage Reese and David get into a car accident and wake up 27 days later in a classified military hospital.  The … Continue reading

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Way to Go

Tom Ryan, April 2012.  It’s the summer of 1994 and Danny’s got problems: his dad works in distant oil fields and comes home only to nag him about college; he’s not sure what he wants to do after high school; … Continue reading

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