Top 250 LGBTQ Books for Teens: Coming Out, Being Out, and the Search for Community

CART, Michael & . 184p. ALA Editions. 2015. pap. $21.95. ISBN 9781937589561. LC 2014031572.
On the heels of the conversations happening as a result of the We Need Diverse Books movement, acquiring quality LGBTQ titles for young adult collections is more important than ever. Enter Top 250 LGBTQ Books for Teens, in which even dedicated fans of LGBTQ teen titles will find new favorites to enjoy and classic selections to explore. Here, one can peruse an exhaustive collection of the best fiction, nonfiction, and graphic novels this niche has to offer. Each title is painstakingly annotated and given equal space within. Books are arranged by author, though the coding system is slightly awkward; readers may have been better served by separate sections for each genre. In addition, a section of professional resources for teachers, librarians, and counselors is included. This title is current through 2013 and includes Sara Farizan's Lambda Award-winning If You Could be Mine (Algonquin, 2013). Only a few 2014 titles appear and the two most recent and significant Printz Award and Honor titles, Jandy Nelson's I'll Give You the Sun (2014) and Andrew Smith's Grasshopper Jungle (2014, both Penguin), both of which prominently feature queer protagonists, are missing. Despite its excellent attention to detail and clear celebration of LGBTQ literature, it's sadly a book that will be dated rapidly as new titles hit the market.
VERDICT An additional purchase, best used for backlist collection development.

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