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Anyone know any lesbian/bi/gay teen books? Or just any good teen books, for that matter


Fed up of straightness being forced upon me ):

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Hmm, Alex Sanchez (sp?) writes teen books about gay teens. I've only ever read Bait, which was decent.

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Boy Meets Boy was pretty good, although it was essentially a straight love story with two guys in my view.

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Like I said, I'd only read Bait :) Just out of curiosity, how was BMB like a straight love story? Was it a problem with the style he wrote it in, or the way he formed the characters?

Oh, and I stumbled across this,
_teen_books_ Which may be helpful.
Also, one of my fav YA authors, John Green, co- authored a book with David Leviathan which is out, TODAY! called Will Grayson, Will Grayson.


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I don't remember if it tackled any issues... The protagonist's parent's are really supportive. But maybe that's to show that gay love and straight love aren't very different...?

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Big Book of Lesbian Horse Stories.

I hear it is amusing.

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HeHe, thanky yous for replying (:

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The Lesbian Horse Stories book is AMAZING. It sits in our living room waiting for strangers to be amused by it.

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candiclaus wrote:

Big Book of Lesbian Horse Stories.

I hear it is amusing.






Apparently a lesbian horse's favourite position is to 4761* each other. As horses have to count by hitting their hooves on the floor,it takes them some time to ask their partner for it. By which time they are usually too tired,and have to say "Neigh!" to some equine shenanigans. ;)
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Bless you Dave.

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Hehe thank you,Candi!

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Exquisite Corpse by Poppy Z. Brite is really good, one of my favourites especially when I was in my late teens. Essentially it's about a gay serial killer. I want to read it again now!

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^ Her others are wonderful, too. I think Exquisite Corpse might be throwing you in the deep end a little, though, I'd start with Lost Souls or Drawing Blood!

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^^ Agreed. Lost Souls is a lot more 'teenaged' because one of the main characters is fifteen, and it's very good at getting into the mind of a gothy teenager. I felt kind of bad for relating to that character so much... ;)

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I must read this lesbian horse book! Sounds tres amusing.

Hmm, two books I've read are Good Moon Rising and Sugar Rush.

Good Moon Rising was good, it was more about the predjudice the two main characters went through, but I think it was a realistic if a bit old fashioned book. It was set in the 80's I seem to remember, so you have to think of it in terms of that, which was difficult for me at first.

Sugar Rush was one of the most badly written, trashy, and overall entertaining books I have ever read. It is nowhere near as good as the TV series (which can be found on Youtube by the way!) It was a lot different, actually, and it was interesting to compare the two. It's not like a literary masterpiece or anything, but it kept me hooked. However, there is a sequel to it called Sweet, I think, which is apparently quite good. I have yet to read Sweet.

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Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson. It's a semi-biographical novel about a young girl called Jeanette growing up in a fiercely devout religious community in 1960s Lancashire. It focuses mainly on sexual awakening and the struggle between religion and sexuality but touches on so many other subjects and does so in a fantastic and often very funny way.





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If you're looking at something a bit more subtle (I wouldn't call it a "gay" book) that profoundly deals with issues of sexuality and gender I'd recommend Let The Right One In.

A book about Swedish pre-teen transgender vampires must be good.

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LittleRedBee wrote:

Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson. It's a semi-biographical novel about a young girl called Jeanette growing up in a fiercely devout religious community in 1960s Lancashire. It focuses mainly on sexual awakening and the struggle between religion and sexuality but touches on so many other subjects and does so in a fantastic and often very funny way.





I second this suggestion.

Also The Line Of Beauty, by Alan Hollinghurst, which I read when I was fifteen, though it's very much anchored in British political history and might be a bit dry if you're not into that sort of thing.


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Gravitation, Its a series that has novels or manga, Its about a gay couple. Its so sweet :3 one of them is so sweet ,and dorky, and ditzy while the other is a straight up jerk ,romance writer, how likes to tease by being all "oh im not gay, I just like to kiss you." though depending on which books you get [some are rated like r or pg 13 xD] there could be some 'scenes' in it I found that out by accident...
 It's also an anime now, if you'd like to watch it instead. (:

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Oh man. If you want a super cavity-inducing gay (or yaoi) manga read Only the Ring Finger Knows. It's only a single volume, so you don't have to go searching around for the next one. It's super sweet and ridiculously adorable.

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Boy Meets Boy was just lovely, I really enjoyed it.
And Sugar Rush kicks arse, you can't beat it for trashy fun. Yay for Julie Burchill.

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Anything by Sarah Waters.

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i know this is not technically a book, but i studied a play called "the laramie project" in drama and was lucky enough to see it preformed. i must warn you it is very confronting. but it helped one of my friends to gather up enough confidence to tell her parents she was gay. worth reading!!!

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Sarah Waters Tipping The Velvet (t.v. version fo it is also awesome), Affinity and Fingersmith are all pretty awesome if you like period love stories.

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little charlie wrote:

If you're looking at something a bit more subtle (I wouldn't call it a "gay" book) that profoundly deals with issues of sexuality and gender I'd recommend Let The Right One In.

A book about Swedish pre-teen transgender vampires must be good.



Ooh, I saw part of the film: I didn't know it was a book, too. I'll look out for it.

 



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Gravitation, Its a series that has novels or manga, Its about a gay couple. Its so sweet :3 one of them is so sweet ,and dorky, and ditzy while the other is a straight up jerk ,romance writer, how likes to tease by being all "oh im not gay, I just like to kiss you." though depending on which books you get [some are rated like r or pg 13 xD] there could be some 'scenes' in it I found that out by accident...
It's also an anime now, if you'd like to watch it instead. (:



Oh that really is a good series!! I double recommend this but out of the anime and manga, the manga just gives you so much more in terms of the two main characters relationship. I felt the anime was a bit too rushed.

 



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:D I now have a rather interesting, questionable and large shopping list. Thank you all, I am gateful :)

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You know what I'd like to see? A book that has a gay/lesbian couple, but that's NOT what the story is about. It's just a fact of the characters life. I think it would be good if homosexuality was seen as more of a normal thing, rather than an 'issue'. Do you know what I mean?

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^ I know exactly what you mean. A book like that truly would make my day.

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I don't remember if it tackled any issues... The protagonist's parent's are really supportive. But maybe that's to show that gay love and straight love aren't very different...?



It tackled a few issues. The protagonists best friend's parents were very religious, and were very against homosexuality, especially where their son was concerned.

I think mostly it wa trying to show like you said, that gay love and straight love aren't really different. They lived in a very accepting town in the story.

 



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