Showing 51–87 of 87 books

  • List: Rainbow Book List - Young Adult Fiction
  • Genre: Realistic Fiction
  • No One Needs to Know

    Olivia and Zoey live drastically different lives in Tacoma, WA—Olivia in the penthouse of a highrise overlooking the sound, Zoey in a crumbling house on the wrong side of the tracks. When Zoey starts seeing Olivia's brother, and the girls are paired for a school project, they get a glimpse of each other's lives, and find themselves becoming more than friends.
  • None of the Above

    Kristin's life is just about perfect: a full-ride to university on a track scholarship, a great boyfriend, and a surprise election as homecoming queen. When she decides to have sex for the first time, it goes painfully wrong, and a visit to the gynecologist reveals a life-altering fact: Kristin is intersex. Living her through her diagnosis of androgen insensitivity syndrome means facing the brutal response of classmates, as well as her own evolving understanding of what her gender identity means.
  • Not Otherwise Specified

    Seventeen-year-old Etta feels out-of-place in her small Nebraska town: she's not gay enough for her former lesbian friends or straight enough for the rest of the school; she's not sick enough to be diagnosed with an eating disorder or thin enough to be a ballerina. Etta is left to discover who she really is and what it means to be “not otherwise specified.”
  • Nothing Happened

    This modern-day retelling of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing takes place at the idyllic Camp Dogberry, where sisters Bee and Hana Leonato have grown up. Their parents own the place, and every summer they look forward to leading little campers in crafts, swimming in the lake, playing games of capture the flag and sproutball, and of course, the legendary counselor parties. This year, the camp drama isn't just on the improv stage. Bee and longtime counselor Ben have a will-they-or-won't-they romance that's complicated by events that happened—or didn't happen—last summer. Meanwhile, Hana is falling hard for the kind but insecure Claudia, putting them both in the crosshairs of resident troublemaker John, who spreads a vicious rumor that could tear them apart. As the counselors juggle their camp responsibilities with simmering drama that comes to a head at the Fourth of July sparkler party, they'll have to swallow their pride and find the courage to untangle the truth, whether it leads to heartbreak or happily ever after.
  • Odd One Out

    Courtney "Coop" Cooper Dumped. Again. And normally I wouldn't mind. But right now, my best friend and source of solace, Jupiter Sanchez, is ignoring me to text some girl. Rae Evelyn Chin I assumed "new girl" would be synonymous with "pariah," but Jupiter and Courtney make me feel like I'm right where I belong. I also want to kiss him. And her. Which is . . . perplexing. Jupiter Charity-Sanchez The only thing worse than losing the girl you love to a boy is losing her to your boy. That means losing him, too. I have to make a move. . . . One story. Three sides. No easy answers.
  • One Man Guy

    Freshman Alek's idea of a great summer is not summer school, but his strict and academically driven Armenian parents have different plans. Enter Ethan, the totally suave, older, skater dude. School never looked so good.
  • People Like Us

    Kay Donovan may have skeletons in her closet, but the past is past, and she's reinvented herself entirely. Now she's a star soccer player whose group of gorgeous friends run their private school with effortless popularity and acerbic wit. But when a girl's body is found in the lake, Kay's carefully constructed life begins to topple. The dead girl has left Kay a computer-coded scavenger hunt, which, as it unravels, begins to implicate suspect after suspect, until Kay herself is in the crosshairs of a murder investigation. But if Kay's finally backed into a corner, she'll do what it takes to survive. Because at Bates Academy, the truth is something you make...not something that happened.
  • Picture Us in the Light

    Danny Cheng has always known his parents have secrets. But when he discovers a taped-up box in his father's closet filled with old letters and a file on a powerful Silicon Valley family, he realizes there's much more to his family's past than he ever imagined. Danny has been an artist for as long as he can remember and it seems his path is set, with a scholarship to RISD and his family's blessing to pursue the career he's always dreamed of. Still, contemplating a future without his best friend, Harry Wong, by his side makes Danny feel a panic he can barely put into words. Harry and Danny's lives are deeply intertwined and as they approach the one-year anniversary of a tragedy that shook their friend group to its core, Danny can't stop asking himself if Harry is truly in love with his girlfriend, Regina Chan. When Danny digs deeper into his parents' past, he uncovers a secret that disturbs the foundations of his family history and the carefully constructed facade his parents have maintained begins to crumble. With everything he loves in danger of being stripped away, Danny must face the ghosts of the past in order to build a future that belongs to him.
  • Playing a Part

    This import—the first teen book translated from Russian—follows Grisha's coming-of-age in a Moscow puppet theater, as he reels from the impending departure of his beloved gay mentor Sam and the looming heart operation of his best friend Sashok.
  • The Porcupine of Truth

    Carson is stuck in Billings, Montana, when he meets Aisha. The two head out for an epic road trip that will change both their lives. Their adventure helps them find a community, a history, and a family.
  • Poz

    Remy Babcock is seventeen, a rower, in the closet, and newly HIV-positive. As he navigates the consequences of a series of casual flings, he regains the trust of his loved ones and his own sense of self-worth.
  • The Pros of Cons

    Drummer Phoebe Byrd prides herself on being one of the guys, and she's ready to prove it by kicking all their butts in the snare solo competition at the Indoor Percussion Association Convention. Writer Vanessa Montoya-O'Callaghan has been looking forward to the WTFcon for months. Not just because of the panels and fanfiction readings but because WTFcon is where she'll finally meet Soleil, her internet girlfriend, for the first time. Taxidermy assistant Callie Buchannan might be good at scooping brains out of deer skulls, but that doesn't mean it's her passion. Since her parents' divorce, her taxidermist father only cares about his work, and assisting him at the World Taxidermy and Fish-Carving Championships is the only way Callie knows to connect with him. When a crazy mix-up in the hotel lobby brings the three girls together, they form an unlikely friendship against a chaotic background of cosplay, competition, and carcasses!

  • Quiver

    Set in rural Tennessee, QUIVER by Julia Watts is a brilliant YA novel that focuses on the unlikely friendship between two teens from opposite sides of the culture wars. Libby is the oldest child of six, going on seven, in a family that adheres to the "quiverfull" lifestyle: strict evangelical Christians who believe that they should have as many children as God allows because children are like arrows in the quiver of "God's righteous warriors." Like the other families who adhere to this philosophy, Libby's family regards the father as the "Christian patriarch" and leader and the mother as the "helpmeet" who gives birth to, cares for, and homeschools the children. Meanwhile, Zo is the gender fluid offspring of Libby's new neighbors who have moved to the country from Knoxville in hopes of living a slower-paced, more natural life. Zo and hir family are as far to the left ideologically as Libby's family is to the right, and yet Libby and Zo, who are the same age, feel a connection that leads them to friendship—a friendship that seems doomed from the start because of their families' differences. Through deft storytelling, built upon extraordinary character development, author Watts offers a close examination of the contemporary compartmentalization of social interactions, and forms a story that resonates far beyond its pages.
  • Sam and Ilsa's Last Hurrah

    Siblings Sam and Ilsa Kehlmann have spent most of their high school years throwing parties for their friends—and now they've prepared their final blowout, just before graduation. The rules are simple: each twin gets to invite three guests, and the other twin doesn't know who's coming until the partiers show up at the door. With Sam and Ilsa, the sibling revelry is always tempered with a large dose of sibling rivalry, and tonight is no exception. One night. One apartment. Eight people. What could possibly go wrong? Oh, we all know the answer is plenty. But plenty also goes right, as well…in rather surprising ways.
  • Saving Montgomery Sole

    While Montgomery spends her time steeped in the paranormal, she never questions the security and love of her two moms. When a well-known evangelical preacher moves to town, she worries that others may challenge her family.
  • Screaming Divas

    High school misfits Trudy, Cassie, Harumi and Esther seem an unlikely group to be in the up-and-coming punk band Screaming Divas. Will their rocky friendship survive love, addiction and imminent tragedy?
  • Seven Ways We Lie

    One scandal. Seven students. As they bury their secrets and uncover others', friendships and unexpected loves are formed and lost.
  • Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

    Closeted high schooler Simon Spier is being blackmailed—either help Martin Addison get together with the girl of his dreams (Simon's good friend) or Simon's sexuality and email romance with mystery classmate “Blue” will be made public. Follow Simon as he comes out, handles his bully, and navigates how to be with “Blue” in real life.
  • Social Intercourse

    Beckett Gaines, a gay teen living in South Carolina, has his world turned upside-down by a jock in this laugh-out-loud novel that's Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda meets The Parent Trap. Beck: The Golden Girls-loving, out-and-proud choir nerd growing up in the “ass-crack of the Bible belt.” Jax: The Golden Boy, star quarterback with a slick veneer facing uncomfortable truths about himself and his past. When Beck's emotionally fragile dad starts dating the recently single (and supposedly lesbian) mom of former bully, Jaxon Parker, Beck is not having it. Jax isn't happy about the situation either, holding out hope that his moms will reunite and restore the only stable home he's ever known. Putting aside past differences, the boys plot to derail the budding romance between their parents at their conservative hometown's first-ever Rainbow Prom. Hearts will be broken, new romance will bloom, but nothing will go down the way Beck and Jax have planned. In his hilarious and provocative debut, Greg Howard examines the challenges of growing up different in a small southern town through the lens of colorful and unforgettable characters who stay with you long after the last drop of sweet tea.
  • The Summer of Jordi Perez (And the Best Burger in Los Angeles)

    Seventeen, fashion-obsessed, and gay, Abby Ives has always been content playing the sidekick in other people's lives. While her friends and sister have plunged headfirst into the world of dating and romances, Abby has stayed focused on her plus-size style blog and her dreams of taking the fashion industry by storm. When she lands a prized internship at her favorite local boutique, she's thrilled to take her first step into her dream career. She doesn't expect to fall for her fellow intern, Jordi Perez. Abby knows it's a big no-no to fall for a colleague. She also knows that Jordi documents her whole life in photographs, while Abby would prefer to stay behind the scenes. Then again, nothing is going as expected this summer. She's competing against the girl she's kissing to win a paid job at the boutique. She's somehow managed to befriend Jax, a lacrosse-playing bro type who needs help in a project that involves eating burgers across L.A.'s eastside. Suddenly, she doesn't feel like a sidekick. Is it possible Abby's finally in her own story? But when Jordi's photography puts Abby in the spotlight, it feels like a betrayal, rather than a starring role. Can Abby find a way to reconcile her positive yet private sense of self with the image that other people have of her?
  • Symptoms of Being Human

    Is Riley Cavanaugh a boy or a girl? The answer is yes. In this ground-breaking exploration of what it's like to be a gender fluid teen, Riley grapples with self-identity, balancing that identity with family expectations, and standing up to bullies.
  • Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel

    High-school junior Leila Azadi suddenly and unexpectedly falls hard for Saskia, the beautiful and sophisticated new girl at school. Leila finds herself taking risks she never would have before.
  • This is Kind of an Epic Love Story

    Nathan Bird doesn't believe in happy endings. Although he's the ultimate film buff and an aspiring screenwriter, Nate's seen the demise of too many relationships to believe that happy endings exist in real life. Playing it safe to avoid a broken heart has been his MO ever since his father died and left his mom to unravel—but this strategy is not without fault. His best-friend-turned-girlfriend-turned-best-friend-again, Florence, is set on making sure Nate finds someone else. And in a twist that is rom-com-worthy, someone does come along: Oliver James Hernández, his childhood best friend. After a painful mix-up when they were little, Nate finally has the chance to tell Ollie the truth about his feelings. But can Nate find the courage to pursue his own happily ever after?
  • This Song Is (Not) for You

    Bandmates Sam and Ramona are in love with each other, but afraid to admit it. When Tom, who has always had to defend his asexuality to others, makes their duo a trio, there is enough love for everyone.
  • Top Ten

    Ryan McCullough and Gabby Hart are the unlikeliest of friends. Introverted, anxious Gabby would rather do literally anything than go to a party. Ryan is a star hockey player who can get any girl he wants—and does, frequently. But against all odds, they became not only friends, but each other's favorite person. Now, as they face high school graduation, they can't help but take a moment to reminisce and, in their signature tradition, make a top ten list—counting down the top ten moments of their friendship: 10. Where to begin? Maybe the night we met. 9. Then there was our awkward phase. 8. When you were in love with me but never told me… 7. Those five months we stopped talking were the hardest of my life. 6. Through terrible fights… 5. And emotional makeups. 4. You were there for me when I got my heart broken. 3. …but at times, you were also the one breaking it. 2. Above all, you helped me make sense of the world. 1. Now, as we head off to college—how am I possibly going to live without you? (l
  • True Letters from a Fictional Life

    The real James Liddell is hidden inside his desk. His friends see his girlfriend, athleticism, and confidence as givens, but the letters inside tell another story.
  • Unbecoming

    As if kissing her best friend and then being shunned by all her school mates isn't bad enough, now the grandmother Katie didn't know existed is living with them. But revelations of her mother's and grandmother's histories soon offer insights into her own life that she couldn't have predicted.
  • Under the Lights

    Vanessa Park loves her job on the teen TV drama Daylight Falls; Josh Chester is a notorious Hollywood playboy whose career is spiraling out of control. As major life transitions happen, relationships blossom in unexpected ways.
  • Under Threat

    Franny's parents, the town's local abortion providers, have always received threats. But when the threats reach a little too close to home, will they destroy both her family and her relationship with her girlfriend?
  • We Are All Made of Molecules

    Personalities clash when brainiac Stewart and his widower father move in with social-elite Ashley and her mother. To complicate matters (and to Ashley's chagrin), her gay dad lives in the carriage house in the backyard.
  • Weird Girl and What's His Name

    Lula and Rory have two things in common: their love for X-Files and the fact they don't fit in in their small town of Hawthorne, North Carolina. They share everything with one another, until Lula finds out Rory has a few secrets hidden up his sleeve, making Lula reconsider her sexuality and their friendship.
  • What If It's Us

    Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it's that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it. Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn't be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend's things. But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them? Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated. Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited. But what if they can't quite nail a first date . . . or a second first date . . . or a third? What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work . . . and Ben doesn't try hard enough? What if life really isn't like a Broadway play? But what if it is?
  • What We Left Behind

    Toni and Gretchen were the perfect high school couple, determined to stay together forever. However, their relationship begins to strain when Gretchen unexpectedly starts college at NYU instead of following Toni to Boston. Further troubles arise as Toni connects with Harvard's trans community, which raises questions about Toni's own gender and Gretchen's sexuality.
  • When Everything Feels Like the Movies.

    There is no such thing as bad press, especially to small town middle-schooler Jude Rothesay. Loosely based on the on the real-life story of Larry Fobes King, this brutal novel explores the life of a glamorous boy who is always in the spotlight.
  • Without Annette

    Josie and her girlfriend Annette escape Annette's alcoholic mother and their small town, but suddenly closeted and excluded from Annette's new circle, the private boarding school in Connecticut is not what Josie thought it would be.
  • Wonders of the Invisible World

    Seventeen-year-old Aidan feels like he is sleepwalking through his life until his childhood friend Jarrod returns to his hometown. Jarrod and Aidan are inexorably drawn to each other. Can their connection help Aiden unlock the secrets in his family and find his true self?
  • You Know Me Well.

    Mark's boyfriend ditches him to flirt with older guys, and Kate runs away from meeting the girl of her dreams. Instead of finding themselves alone, they find each other for the kick off of San Francisco's Pride Week.