Memorial Hall Library

New LGBTQ+ books for teens

This week's list of LGBTQ+ books features new fiction and nonfiction for teens! These titles feature not just coming out stories, but also science fiction, romance, and contemporary fiction that feature queer characters and creators.

For more recommendations, contact the Teen Services Librarians at 978-623-8463 or ya@mhl.org. Or, check more book recommendations here.


	The weight of the stars
The weight of the stars
by Kayla Ancrum

After a horrific accident brings loners Ryann and Alexandria together, Ryann learns that Alexandria's mother is an astronaut who volunteered for a one-way trip to the edge of the solar system.

	A Quick & Easy Guide to Queer & Trans Identities
A Quick & Easy Guide to Queer & Trans Identities
by Mady G.

Complemented by educational worksheets and helpful examples, a comics-illustrated guide to queer and transgender life covers essential topics ranging from sexuality and gender identity to coming out and navigating gender-diverse relationships. 

	Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me
Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me
by Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O'Connell

Laura Dean, the most popular girl in high school, was Frederica Riley's dream girl: charming, confident, and SO cute. There's just one problem: Laura Dean is maybe not the greatest girlfriend. Reeling from her latest break up, Freddy's best friend, Doodle, introduces her to the Seek-Her, a mysterious medium, who leaves Freddy some cryptic parting words: break up with her. But Laura Dean keeps coming back, and as their relationship spirals further out of her control, Freddy has to wonder if it's really Laura Dean that's the problem. Maybe it's Freddy, who is rapidly losing her friends, including Doodle, who needs her now more than ever. Fortunately for Freddy, there are new friends, and the insight of advice columnists like Anna Vice to help her through being a teenager in love. Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O'Connell bring to life a sweet and spirited tale of young love that asks us to consider what happens when we ditch the toxic relationships we crave to embrace the healthy ones we need.

	How (not) to ask a boy to prom
How (not) to ask a boy to prom
by S. J Goslee

A decidedly single teen artist, tiring of his sister's efforts to set him up, pretends to date the local bad boy while practicing his drawing skills, working at a greenhouse and avoiding anything that involves school spirit or the prom. 

	Her royal highness
Her royal highness
by Rachel Hawkins

A laugh-out-loud companion to Royals finds a Houston teen pursuing an education at an exclusive Scottish boarding school to mend her broken heart before clashing with, and then unexpectedly falling for, her spoiled princess roommate. 

	Kings, queens, and in-betweens
Kings, queens, and in-betweens
by Tanya Boteju

Struggling with her mother's sudden departure and a hopeless crush on a straight friend, a socially awkward teen is haphazardly enmeshed in the drag scene on the other side of her insular community, where she navigates questions of identity and self-acceptance. 

	I Wish You All the Best
I Wish You All the Best
by Mason Deaver

Thrown out of their parents' home and moving in with their estranged sister after coming out as nonbinary, Ben De Backer struggles to endure an anxiety disorder and the last half of senior year while bonding with a charismatic new friend.

	Trans mission : my quest to a beard
Trans mission : my quest to a beard
by Alex Bertie

The YouTube personality and social advocate presents a courageous firsthand account of his life, struggles and victories as a transgender youth, discussing his private battles with identity, the challenges of the healthcare system and what he recommends for today's transitioning teens. 

	Birthday : a novel
Birthday : a novel
by Meredith Russo

Born in the same hospital on the same day, Morgan and Eric grow up to become best friends before they drift apart, reunite, fall in love and ultimately discover what fate has in store for them, in a romantic follow-up to If I Was Your Girl. 

	Kiss number 8
Kiss number 8
by Colleen A. F Venable

Amanda's seemingly perfect life is turned upside down when she realizes she has a crush on her best friend, Cat, and uncovers a secret held by her father that could tear her family apart.

	Hot dog girl
Hot dog girl
by Jennifer Dugan

Determined to have an epic summer, Lou takes a job as a dancing hot dog at Magic Castle Playland and is disappointed when her best friend Seeley, the carousel operator, is less than enthusiastic about helping her steal her crush from another girl. 

	Once & future
Once & future
by Amy Rose Capetta

Resets the Arthurian legend in outer space, with King Arthur reincarnated as seventeen-year-old Ari, a female king whose quest is to stop a tyrranical corporate government, aided by a teenaged Merlin.

	You must not miss
You must not miss
by Katrina Leno

When her family's destructiveness leads to her older sister's abrupt departure and her own ostracism at school, a teen retreats into her journal and conjurs a fantasy world of magic, monsters and revenge. By the author of Summer of Salt

	The music of what happens
The music of what happens
by Bill Konigsberg

A cool and popular gay teen who harbors a secret, intense crush and a poetic youth who is looking for Mr. Right in spite of his troubled family weigh what they are willing to risk while working together at an organic food truck during a blistering Arizona summer.