17 Books with LGBT Characters that will Actually Change your Life by Elora Bruenger - Musely
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17 Books with LGBT Characters that will Actually Change your Life

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02/26/2016
  • A story that follows the relationship between fraternal twins Jude and Noah, the latter of whom falls in love with the boy next door.
    A story that follows the relationship between fraternal twins Jude and Noah, the latter of whom falls in love with the boy next door.
  • Orphaned by a tragic car accident, Cameron Post moves in with her old-fashioned grandmother and aunt, falls in love with her (female) best friend, and is sent to a religious conversion camp meant to "cure" her homosexuality.
    Orphaned by a tragic car accident, Cameron Post moves in with her old-fashioned grandmother and aunt, falls in love with her (female) best friend, and is sent to a religious conversion camp meant to "cure" her homosexuality.
  •  A young man named Seth —who happens to be gay — drowns, but when he somehow wakes up again, the world around him is completely different from how he left it.
     A young man named Seth —who happens to be gay — drowns, but when he somehow wakes up again, the world around him is completely different from how he left it.
  • is a boy who feels he was born as a girl by mistake, and decides to hide his body from the world — until his best friend disappears, and he decides it's time to be who he really is.
    is a boy who feels he was born as a girl by mistake, and decides to hide his body from the world — until his best friend disappears, and he decides it's time to be who he really is.
  •  A student at the Watford School of Magic, Simon Snow is the Chosen One, but possibly the worst one ever — according to his roommate, Baz, with whom he has a contentious (and increasingly complicated) relationship.
     A student at the Watford School of Magic, Simon Snow is the Chosen One, but possibly the worst one ever — according to his roommate, Baz, with whom he has a contentious (and increasingly complicated) relationship.
  • Clariel is the daughter of one of the most prominent families in the Old Kingdom — with ties to the King himself, against whom there is a nefarious plot brewing. A story of adventure and magic with a strong female heroine.
    Clariel is the daughter of one of the most prominent families in the Old Kingdom — with ties to the King himself, against whom there is a nefarious plot brewing. A story of adventure and magic with a strong female heroine.
  • A coming-of-age, coming-out, and young love story about sixteen-year-old drama enthusiast Simon Spier.
    A coming-of-age, coming-out, and young love story about sixteen-year-old drama enthusiast Simon Spier.
  • A reimagining of The Illiad that explores the legend of Achilles — and his relationship with Patroclus.
    A reimagining of The Illiad that explores the legend of Achilles — and his relationship with Patroclus.
  • Two teenage boys, with seemingly nothing in common — sullen Aristotle, whose brother is in prison, and Dante, a know-it-all — meet at a swimming pool, become friends, and later, become more.
    Two teenage boys, with seemingly nothing in common — sullen Aristotle, whose brother is in prison, and Dante, a know-it-all — meet at a swimming pool, become friends, and later, become more.
  • Despite being given the Chinese name Juan Chaun (for "powerful king") at birth, and in spite of a father's dreams for his only "son," Juan Chaun (aka "Peter") knows she is really a girl.
    Despite being given the Chinese name Juan Chaun (for "powerful king") at birth, and in spite of a father's dreams for his only "son," Juan Chaun (aka "Peter") knows she is really a girl.
  • Now adapted to film (as Carol), this story traces the relationship between young shopgirl Therese, and a wealthy older woman (Carol) going through a bitter divorce.
    Now adapted to film (as Carol), this story traces the relationship between young shopgirl Therese, and a wealthy older woman (Carol) going through a bitter divorce.
  • Harry and Craig, two seventeen-year-old boys, decide to participate in a 32-hour kissing marathon in order to set a new Guinness World Record.
    Harry and Craig, two seventeen-year-old boys, decide to participate in a 32-hour kissing marathon in order to set a new Guinness World Record.
  • Student Council president Holland Jaeger has a steady boyfriend and a promising academic future, but her vision for her future changes in unexpected ways when Cece Goddard moves to her school, and the two develop feelings for each other.
    Student Council president Holland Jaeger has a steady boyfriend and a promising academic future, but her vision for her future changes in unexpected ways when Cece Goddard moves to her school, and the two develop feelings for each other.
  • Thom Creed has special powers, and he's been asked to join a secret society of superheroes called The League. But the League spurned Thom's dad, making him resentful of the group, and making Thom afraid to tell his father — and then there's also the fact that Thom is gay.
    Thom Creed has special powers, and he's been asked to join a secret society of superheroes called The League. But the League spurned Thom's dad, making him resentful of the group, and making Thom afraid to tell his father — and then there's also the fact that Thom is gay.
  • A modern retelling of Cinderella, this is a story about Ash, a daughter left in the care of her cruel stepmother after her father's death. Things change for Ash when she meets Kaisa, the King's Huntress.
    A modern retelling of Cinderella, this is a story about Ash, a daughter left in the care of her cruel stepmother after her father's death. Things change for Ash when she meets Kaisa, the King's Huntress.
  • In a small town in Iowa, a boy named Austin and his best friend, Robby, have somehow let an army of six-foot-tall praying mantises loose, and they're very hungry, and very, uh, horny.
    In a small town in Iowa, a boy named Austin and his best friend, Robby, have somehow let an army of six-foot-tall praying mantises loose, and they're very hungry, and very, uh, horny.
  • First published in 1982, this story follows a friendship between two teenage girls that develops into something more — and the pressures they face from family and school as a result.
    First published in 1982, this story follows a friendship between two teenage girls that develops into something more — and the pressures they face from family and school as a result.

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