Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
This tale of an Iranian-American teenager’s visit to his family in Iran, life lessons and subsequent romance, is super-smart, funny, honest and sweet. A real page-turner!
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
If you’ve grown up in the north of England you will feel at home with the humour in this coming-of-age story of a young girl growing up in a Lancashire town with a fervently religious mother who tries to exorcise the queerness out of her.
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Orlando by Virginia Woolf
This is not strictly a teenage story throughout, but the book opens with teenage Orlando besotted with the beautiful Sasha. The queerness of this book must have inspired thousands of young people on their gender journeys. It is also a love letter from Virginia Woolf to her lover at the time, Vita Sackville-West.
Paradise Rot by Jenny Hval
Having listened to Jenny Hval’s music I really enjoyed this novella, which charts the progress of a dreamy, spectral relationship and queer sexual awakening.
Heartstopper by Alice Oseman
The Heartstopper series of graphic novels are an amazing, heartwarming guiding light to LGBT+ youth out there. Razor-sharp and witty, not a word is superfluous.