They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
In a near-future New York City where a service alerts people on the day they will die, teens Mateo and Rufus meet using the Last Friend app and are faced with the challenge of living a lifetime on their End Day.
Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki
Laura Dean was Frederica Riley’s dream girl: charming, confident, and SO cute. There’s just one problem: Laura Dean is maybe not the greatest girlfriend. Reeling from her latest break up, Freddy’s best friend, Doodle, introduces her to the Seek-her, a mysterious medium, who leaves Freddy some cryptic words: break up with her. But Laura Dean keeps coming back, and as their relationship spirals further out of her control, Freddy has to wonder if it’s really Laura Dean that’s the problem. (Graphic novel)
Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
Henry "Monty" Montague was bred to be a gentleman. His passions for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men, have earned the disapproval of his father. His quest for pleasures and vices have led to one last hedonistic hurrah as Monty, his best friend and crush Percy, and Monty's sister Felicity begin a Grand Tour of Europe. When a reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt, it calls into question everything Monty knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.
The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta
Michael is a mixed-race gay teen growing up in London. All his life, he's navigated what it means to be Greek-Cypriot and Jamaican--but never quite feeling Greek or Black enough. As he gets older, Michael's coming out is only the start of learning who he is and where he fits in. When he discovers the Drag Society, he finally finds where he belongs--and the Black Flamingo is born. (Novel in verse)
Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
Yadriel, a trans teen, summons the angry spirit of his high school's bad boy, and agrees to help him learn how he died, thereby proving himself a brujo, not a bruja, to his conservative family.
Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
In the city of Lucille there are no more monsters, having been killed off by Angels years ago. But when a creature emerges as a drop of Jam's blood falls on a painting her mother created, a creature emerges, claiming to be hunting a monster - a grim shadow lurking in Jam's best friend Redemption's house.
Every Day by David Levithan
Every morning A wakes in a different person's body, in a different person's life, learning over the years to never get too attached, until he wakes up in the body of Justin and falls in love with Justin's girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.
Yesterday is History by Kosoko Jackson
Weeks after Andre Cobb receives a much-needed liver transplant, he passes out and wakes up somewhere totally unexpected... in 1969, where (when?) he connects with Michael. Just as suddenly, he slips back to present-day Boston, where the family of his donor is waiting to explain that his new liver came with a side effect-- the ability to time travel. And they've tasked their youngest son, Blake, with teaching Andre how to use his unexpected new gift. Now Andre has to figure out where he belongs.
King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender
Kingston James spends days in the mystical Louisiana bayou trying to come to terms with his brother's sudden death, his grief-stricken family, and the disappearance of his former best friend amid whispers about the latter’s sexual orientation.
The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried
by Shaun David Hutchinson
Dino and July are granted time to resolve what was left unfinished between them after July's sudden death, one year after their friendship ended over Dino's new relationship.
You Should See Me In a Crown by Leah Johnson
Liz Lighty has always done her best to avoid the spotlight in her small, wealthy, and prom-obsessed high school. Instead, she's concentrated on her grades and her music and hopes that will win her a scholarship to her dream college. But when the scholarship falls through she is forced to turn to her school's scholarship for prom king and queen. Out of her depths, Liz is plunged into the spotlight (and into the arms of a cute new student) leading her to discoveries about her own identity and the value of true friendships.
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
Austin Szerba narrates the end of humanity as he and his best friend Robby accidentally unleash an army of giant, unstoppable bugs and uncover the secrets of a decades-old experiment gone terribly wrong.
by Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, and Nicola Yoon
A summer heatwave power outage blankets New York City in darkness. But as the city is thrown into confusion, a different kind of electricity sparks. When the lights go out, people reveal hidden truths. Love blossoms, friendship transforms, and new possibilities take flight in this collection of inter-connected stories celebrating Black teen love by six of today’s most acclaimed authors.
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