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Moms Must Read: 5 Must Read LGBT Books for Teens

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Moms Must Read:
LGBT Books for Teens

Since June is LGBT Awareness month we at Good Enough Mother thought it would be a great idea to introduce you to a few books on this topic that are geared toward teens. Yes, it’s true, there are good mainstream LGBT titles for teen readers. Regardless of orientation teens are much more receptive to the LGBT community than their adult counterparts usually are. Plus, like I always say, kids want to read books about people who are like them.  LGBT Young Adult titles are good. They explore the issues that most teens struggle with: identity, growing up, friendships, and relationships. What I’m most often pleased with about literature today is that just because a teen character identifies as LGBT, the character is not wholly that one quality. Teens won’t tolerate stereotypical depictions; they want characters who are comprised of many qualities.

Here are 5 must read titles that depict LGBT characters who are more than their sexual orientation.

5. Two Boys Kissing By David Levithan

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As you might guess from the cover, Two Boys Kissing is about kissing. That's kind of true. To be sure, the our heroes plan a kissing marathon.

New York Times  bestselling author David Levithan tells the based-on-true-events story of Harry and Craig, two 17-year-olds who are about to take part in a 32-hour marathon of kissing to set a new Guinness World Record—all of which is narrated by a Greek Chorus of the generation of gay men lost to AIDS.

While the two increasingly dehydrated and sleep-deprived boys are locking lips, they become a focal point in the lives of other teen boys dealing with languishing long-term relationships, coming out, navigating gender identity, and falling deeper into the digital rabbit hole of gay hookup sites—all while the kissing former couple tries to figure out their own feelings for each other.

It's quite touching how the community rallies to support the boys all while struggling with their own issues. The stories' narration can be annoying at first until you realize its purpose as it enhances the dynamics of each scene. Older readers will respect Levithan's tactics to pay homage to those who died of AIDS and younger readers will see themselves in the every day of Harry and Craig's lives.

There are many more titles that include LGBT characters: The Mortal Instruments series and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Are you surprised at the number of books on the list? Have you read any?


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