Coming Out Soon: LGBT YA 2014

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Continuing with the LGBT April festivities, today I’m highlighting some of the YA LGBT 2014 books I have on my radar. (LGBT Month is brought to you by Laura @ Laura Plus Books and Cayce @ Fighting Dreamer and there’s still time to sign up—> here.)

Disclaimer: This list is not comprehensive by any means, but includes the books that caught my eye. As I have not read them yet, there could be some inaccuracies in the descriptions below.

Out this Spring:


The Summer I Wasn’t Me by Jessica Verdi – A girl is sent to a gay-to-straight conversion camp after her mom reads her journal.

Noggin by John Corey Whaley – This contemporary/sci-fi mashup (?) is about a 16-year old cancer stricken boy who gets a new body for his head that’s been frozen for five years. 

Great by Sara Benincasa – This is a modern retelling of The Great Gatsby with an LGBT twist.

Far From You by Tess Sharpe – This is a mystery featuring a bisexual main character.


Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour – LaCour’s latest is set in the LA film industry, and features a lesbian protagonist. 

Rush by Nyrae Dawn – Rush is a New Adult M/M football romance.

One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva – This book is about family, love, and Armenian culture.

Guardian by Alex London – The sequel to Proxy- this series features a gay protagonist.

Dirty London by Kelley York – London lets everyone think she’s the girlfriend of a popular guy at school, but they are both secretly gay.


My Best Friend, Maybe by Caela Carter – This book is about friendship, love and sexuality and features a vacation to Greece.

Lies My Girlfriend Told Me by Julie Ann Peters  – Alix’s girlfriend dies and leaves behind clues about her secret relationship.

Otherbound by Corinne Duyis  – Fantasy is not usually my thing, but this gender bending book sounds like it has it all – including a PoC main character, persons with disabilities, and gay main characters.

Fan Art by Sarah Tregay – A coming out story, about a guy who falls for his best friend.

Out this Summer:


The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy – This MG book features a family with two dads and their four adopted boys. Read the description- it sounds really fun!


Rumble by Ellen Hopkins – Hopkins’ latest book is about an atheist in love with a Christian girl. Hopkins states that Rumble features gay characters as well.


I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson – This is a story about twins and an event that tears them apart. One of the twins is gay, and they each share their story.

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley – This story is set in 1959 and covers race and sexual orientation issues.

No One Needs to Know by Amanda Grace – No One Needs to Know is about a girl and her twin brother fall for the same girl.

The Boy I Love by Nina de Gramont – This book is about secrets, love and prejudice.


Do any of these books strike your fancy? Let me know your thoughts if you’ve read any of these yet, or if you know of any books missing from the list. Look for a Fall/Winter update later this year!


9 thoughts on “Coming Out Soon: LGBT YA 2014

  1. Hooray for more LGBT YA fic! So many of these are on my wishlist: Great, I’ll Give You the Sun, and Everything Leads to You!

  2. EdynJean says:

    Reblogged this on Blogging Between the Lines and commented:
    I am pretty excited about this list of books! I want to read at least half of them, and I’ll probably get most of them ordered for my library’s collection. And added to Reader’s Advisory Lists. Such a great resource!

  3. I am, like most other people, really really excited for the new Jandy Nelson book! The Sky Is Everywhere is one of my favourite YA books ever, so I’m dying to read I’ll Give You the Sun. I’m also excited for Everything Leads to You, and Great, and Otherbound (more queer YA fantasy, yay!).

    Oh, and I read Far From You yesterday and it was really awesome: I did a review here.

  4. Oh, I love this list! I already have most of these books on my tbr but I found some new ones to check out as well – so double yay.
    I just finished reading The Summer I Wasn’t Me and really loved it. Would recommend it to everyone. I’m really, really looking forward to One Man Guy, Dirty London, Otherbound (I can practically hear the ARC calling my name) and I’ll Give You The Sun. I’m also thinking of checking out Everything Leads to You (because LA and movies!), Great (I’m not big on retellings but I quite enjoyed The Great Gatsby so I’m intrigued) and Far From You (I love me some good mystery). And I’m on the fence about Noggin…. It sounds interesting but I think I’ll check out a few reviews first. I also added Rush to my wishlist a few days back 🙂

  5. Rumble sounds fantastic! I’ve not read anything by Ellen Hopkins yet, but this sounds very intriguing!

  6. Jo says:

    Far From You is awesome! I really loved it! The Summer I Wasn’t Me is pretty good, too. Reading Otherbound at the moment, but I’m struggling, sadly. Really intrigued by I’ll Give You the Sun and Lies My Girlfriend Told Me! Thanks for the heads up on these books, a few I’ve not heard of before 🙂

  7. fishgirl182 says:

    Thanks for the list, Lucy. I really want to read Noggin and the new Jandy Nelson books sounds good. I am a sucker for anything involving twins.

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