Today, I thought I'd share some GLBT-friendly YA books that I (or people I know) have enjoyed. I looked for books with positive endings, ones where the characters end on a hopeful note, rather than tragedy. I think we've got enough of that in our lives right now, don't you?
So here are a couple I recommend, in a variety of genres. Put your favorites in the comments - give me some new books to read! And don't forget, if one of them catches your eye, head on out and Buy It Now!
Arrows Trilogy, by Mercedes Lackey. (And yes, they're more accurately called the Heralds of Valdemar series or something like that. But I remember them as the Arrows books.) This was the first series of books I remember reading with gay or lesbian characters as main or supporting characters. And what struck me the most about them is that they were treated just the same as other characters. They were normal, in the same way that every other character in this fantasy-set series was normal. And beyond that, the three books are great fun to read, and a wonderful fantasy universe.
Boy Meets Boy, by David Levithan. FutureStar recommended this one. It's a fantasy story, set in a world slightly skewed from this one, where the football star is a crossdresser and everyone accepts everyone else's sexual preference, whether gay, straight, or bi. Humorous and quirky.
Will Grayson, Will Grayson, by David Levithan and John Green. Two Will Graysons meet one complicated night, and their lives are never the same. Throw in a student-written high school musical, a struggle with depression, an IM betrayal, and an ending scene that will make your heart swell, and you've got a wonderful, emotional book.
Annie on My Mind, by Nancy Garden. A classic, recommended by Maia Strong.
M or F? by Lisa Papademetriou and Christopher Tebbets. Told in alternating chapters, this teen version of Cyrano de Bergerac is warm, funny, sweet, and engaging. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
So how about you? What teen-level GLBT-friendly books can you recommend?