Monday, July 28, 2014

The Masterpost of Diversity p.1

While I love YA, diversity can be hard to come by. Really, really hard. Really, really... *sigh* So I decided to put together a GIANT LIST OF DIVERSE BOOKS. Yes. I did. I count it as diverse if a/the main character is, so besties don't count. Some books appear on multiple lists. They will be put in parts because by God, I know a lot of books and if I put them together it would take up way too much space.

Feel free to comment if I forgot something! Also, I haven't read most of these, so if I need to take them off or put a trigger warning on them, tell me.



Ash- Malinda Lo

Huntress- Malinda Lo

Bluebell Hall- Kayla Bashe (Heard there was a trans side character? I could be wrong)

Everything Leads to You- Nina LaCour (Lesbian or Bi, I don't know)

If You Could be Mine- Sarah Farizan (Tw drug use, death mention)

Far From You- Tess Sharpe (Tw drug use, death, sad gays (Okay, not a tw, whatever))

Far From Xanadu- Julie Anne Peters

The Summer I Wasn't Me- Jessica Verdi

Ask the Passengers- A.S. King

The Miseducation of Cameron Post- Emily M. Danforth (Tw drug use, death, alcohol use, homophobia, transphobia... I swear it's a good book)

Nik Nassa & the Mark of Destiny- A.J. Salt

The You Know Who Girls: Freshman Year-

Silhouette of a Sparrow- Molly Beth Griffin

 The Story Thief- Shari McNally

Sister Mischief- Laura Goode

The Girls From Alcyone- Cary Caffrey

Pink- Lili Wilkinson

Girl Walking Backwards- Bett Williams (Tw self harm)

Good Moon Rising- Nancy Garden (Tw homophobia)

Starting from Here- Lisa Jenn Bigelow (Tw death and some biphobic stuff)

The Beast of Callaire- Saruuh Kelsey (Tw death)

Sister Girl- Jonna Ivin

Because of Her- K.E. Payne

Kissing Kate- Laurn Myracle (Tw alcohol use)

Annie on My Mind- Nancy Garden

What's up with Jody Barton?- Hayley Long (Lesbian? Gay? Summary was too vague to tell, but I think this is the right list)

Wildthorn- Jane Eagland

 No One Needs to Know- Amanda Grace, Mandy Hubbard

Her Name in the Sky- Kelly Quindlen

Dare Truth or Promise- Paula Brock
Moon at Nine- Deborah Ellis (Tw war, death)

 Lies We Tell Ourselves- Robin Talley

Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel: A Novel- Sara Farizan

Freak Camp: Posts From a Previously Normal Girl- Jessica V. Barnett

My Best Friend, Maybe- Caela Carter

 An Unstill Life- Kate Larkindale (Tw homophobia, and most likely death mentions)

 She Loves You, She Loves You Not- Julie Anne Peters


Hero- Perry Moore
Witch Eyes series- Scott Tracey

Fan Art- Sarah Tregay

Falling from the Sky- Nikki Godwin (Tw death) 

Exiled to Iowa. Send Help. And Couture- Chris O'Guinn

Superhero- Eli Easton
Boy Meets Boy- David Levithan

The Misfits- James Howe

Vast Fields of Ordinary- Nick Burd

One Man Guy- Micheal Barakiva

Call Me by Your Name- Andre Aciman

My Life as a Myth- Huston Piner

With or Without You- Brian Farrey (Tw violence, homophobia, prolly another sad gays story)

I'll Give You the Sun- Jandy Nelson

Hat Trick- Jeff Adams

Omorphi- C. Kennedy (Tw abuse, violence)

Swimming to Chicago- David-Matthew Barnes (Tw suicide)

Freak Show- James St. James (Has drag queens. *slow voice* I do not like drag queens.)

Gives Light- Rose Christo (Tw death)

Wicked- Christian Marotti, Clover Donovan

The Red Sheet- Mia Kerick
Turning 16- Perie Wolford

Safe- C. Kennedy (Tw abuse)

The Unwanted- Jeffery Ricker (Tw death?)

 Ghost Songs- Andrew Demcak (Tw alcohol abuse, past death)

Tristant and Elijah- Jennifer Lavoie

Caught in the Crossfire- Juliann Rich

The Before Now and After Then- Peter Monn

Otherbound- Corinne Duyvis (OMG WE HAVE THE SAME NAME YAY)

Team Human- Justine Larbalestier, Sarah Rees Brennan

It's Our Prom- Julie Anne Peters

Adaption series- Malinda Lo

Indigo Springs- A.M. Dellamonica (Tw death)

 A Map of Home- Randa Jarrar

Teenage Rewrite- Brandon Williams

Postcards from No Man's Land- Aidan Chambers, Eric Dinyer (Tw warfare, death, violence, injury, the likes)


The Sky Always Hears Me: And the Hills Don't Mind- Kirstin Cronn-Mills (Tw alcohol abuse)

 Grasshopper Jungle- Andrew Smith

 A Kiss in the Dark- Cat Clarke 

 The Difference Between You and Me- Madeline George

 Not Otherwise Specified- Hannah Moskowitz (Tw eating disorders)

Teeth- Hannah Moskowitz

 Santa Olivia- Jacqueline Carey (Tw death)

Life Skills- Jo Ramsey (short story)
Listening Skills- Jo Ramsey (short story)


Luna- Julie Anne Peters

I am J- Cris Beam

Straight, No Chaser- Raul Santiago

Boy Proof- Cecil Castellucci

Accepting Me- Jo Ramsey (Aromantic and ace)

Demonosity- Amanda Ashby

Dust- Elizabeth Bear (Ace, and also there's agender people -squee!-  tw anything to do with cannibalism)

How to Say Goodbye in Robot- Natalie Standiford (I think it's ace or aro? I could be wrong)


What Happened to Lani Garver- Carol Plum-Ucci (Genderqueer- Summary kind of bothers me. "And most disturbing of all, is Lani a boy or a girl?" How is that disturbing. Tell me. Also, it's an "issues" book. Neh.)

Golden Boy- Abigail Tarttelin (intersex)

Cycler- Lauren McLaughlin (Genderfluid- but with the whole XX to XY shebang instead of just the identity)

Brooklyn, Burning- Steve Brezenoff (Non-Binary, I think/hope)

Every Day- David Levithan (Genderfluid, or so I hear)
Pantomime- Laura Lam (Intersex- sorry, spoiler)

Changers Book One: Drew- T Cooper (Another Genderfluid XY-XX thing? Um, okay.)


Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe-

Please Don't Kill the Freshman- Zoe Trope (Trans, lesbian)

The End- Nora Olsen (Bisexual, Lesbian- more but, I don't know, tw death and warfare)
Boyfriends with Girlfriends- Alex Sanchez (Bi, Gay)

Down to the Bone- Mayra Lazara Dole (Genderqueer character! Yay! Oh. And Lesbian. Also that.)

Debbie Harry Sings in French- Megan Brothers (Gender and sexuality confusion- questioning)

Dramarama- E. Lockhart (Within this book is a gay character. Which one? I don't know.)

Dirty London- Kelley York (Lesbian, Gay)

Geography Club- Brent Hartinger (Gay, Bi, Lesbian)


  1. Thanks for including Accepting Me! And you're right, the main character is both ace and aromantic.
    I also have several novels out with gay main characters, two short stories with a bisexual main character, and a novel with a female-to-male transgender main character.
    This is a great list, and I'm honored to be part of it!

  2. You're welcome, and thanks for adding them!

    I also want to thank you for including trigger warnings on the books you feel warrant them. (And for *not* including my novel Fresh Meat, because there are very triggery bits in that.) For some readers, it's very important to know about pieces of books that might cause problems for them, and I'm glad you're giving your readers a heads-up.

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  4. Thanks for including Ghost Songs on your list.