Pratt Picks


Young Adult - GLBTQ Fiction for Teens

I am J
I am J (2011)
Cris Beam
 Who is J? Though born a girl, he has known since early childhood that he is really a boy. But how to explain that to his parents, who simply consider him to be a lesbian, or to his best friend, Melissa, whom he loves but who rejects him angrily when he kisses her since she, too, regards him as a girl? Small wonder he is self-hating and angry and determined to mask the female part of his identity. But finally, sick of wearing bandages and multiple layers of baggy clothing to hide his body, he decides to take testosterone so he'll look and sound more male.  
The Vast Fields of Ordinary
The Vast Fields of Ordinary (2009)
Nick  Burd
The summer after graduating from an Iowa high school, eighteen-year-old Dade Hamilton watches his parents' marriage disintegrate, ends his long-term, secret relationship, comes out of the closet, and savors first love.  
Notes from the Blender
Notes from the Blender (2011)
Trish Cook, Brendan Halpin

  Two teenagers--a heavy-metal-music-loving boy who is still mourning the death of his mother years earlier, and a beautiful, popular girl whose parents divorced because her father is gay--try to negotiate the complications of family and peer relationships as they get to know each other after learning that their father and mother are marrying each other.


Down to the Bone
Down to the Bone (2008)
Mayra L. Dole
Laura, a seventeen-year-old Cuban American girl, is thrown out of her house when her mother discovers she is a lesbian. After trying to change her heart and hide from the truth Laura finally comes to terms with who she is and learns to love and respect herself.
Two parties, One Tux, and a Very Short Film about the Grapes of Wrath
Two parties, One Tux, and a Very Short Film about the Grapes of Wrath (2008)
Steven Goldman
Mitch, a shy and awkward high school junior, negotiates the difficult social situations he encounters both with girls and with his best friend David, after David reveals to him that he is gay.
Nothing Pink
Nothing Pink (2008)
Mark Hardy
Vincent Harris, the teenaged son of a Baptist minister, has always known he is gay and uses his faith to avoid any sinful thoughts or acts; when his family moves to a new church in the late 1970s he meets Robert Ingle, falls in love, and begins to wonder if God is really asking him to repent and change.
M + O 4EVR
M + O 4EVR (2008)
Tonya Cherie Hegamin
In parallel stories, Hannah, a slave, finds love while fleeing a Maryland plantation in 1842, and in the present, Opal watches her life-long best friend, Marianne, pull away and eventually lose her life in the same Pennsylvania ravine where Hannah died.
Jumpstart the World
Jumpstart the World (2010)
Catherine Ryan Hyde
Sixteen-year-old Elle falls in love with Frank, the neighbor who helps her adjust to being on her own in a big city, but learning that he is transgendered turns her world upside-down.
Almost Perfect
Almost Perfect
Brian Katcher
With his mother working long hours and in pain from a romantic break-up, eighteen-year-old Logan feels alone and unloved until a zany new student arrives at his small-town Missouri high school, keeping a big secret  
How They Met and Other Stories
How They Met and Other Stories (2008)
David Levithan
A collection of eighteen stories describing the surprises, sacrifices, doubts, pain, and joy of falling in love.
Hidden (2011)
Tomas Mournian
When 15-year-old Ahmed inadvertently outs himself to his parents, they take him to a residential treatment center in the Nevada desert, Serenity Ridge, where he's tortured, molested, and put through a "straight" rehabilitation program. After 11 months, Ahmed manages to escape to a safe house for runaway gay teens in San Francisco, where he meets a slew of other kids like himself, all with their own stories to tell, most just as traumatizing as his own or worse. But life inside the safe house is never entirely safe, as Ahmed, now known as Ben, learns to his sorrow just as he begins to let his guard down.
Shine (2011)
Lauren Myracle
When her best friend falls victim to a vicious hate crime, sixteen-year-old Cat sets out to discover the culprits in her small North Carolina town.10/1/2011
Sprout (2009)
Dale Peck
Moving from Long Island to Kansas after his mother dies, a teenaged boy nicknamed Sprout is surprised to find new friends, a fascinating landscape, and romantic love.  
Rage: A Love Story
Rage: A Love Story (2009)
Julie Anne Peters
At the end of high school, Johanna finally begins dating the girl she has loved from afar, but Reeve is as much trouble as she claims to be as she and her twin brother damage Johanna's self-esteem, friendships, and already precarious relationship with her sister.
Skim (2008)
Mariko Tamaki
"Skim" (Kimberly Keiko Cameron) is a not-slim would-be Wiccan goth who goes to a private girls' school. When her classmate Katie is dumped by her boyfriend, who then kills himself, the entire school goes into mourning overdrive. The popular clique stars a club to boost school spirit, but Skim sinks into an ever-deepening depression.
After Tupac and D Foster
After Tupac and D Foster (2008)
Jacqueline Woodson
In the New York City borough of Queens in 1996, three girls bond over their shared love of Tupac Shakur's music as together they try to make sense of the unpredictable world in which they live.