Gone, Gone, Gone by Hannah Moskowitz. It's a year after 9/11. Meanwhile, Craig and Lio are just trying to make sense of their lives. Craig’s crushing on quiet, distant Lio, and preoccupied with what it meant when Lio kissed him...and if he’ll do it again. Lio feels most alive when he's with Craig. He forgets about his broken family, his dead brother, and the messed up world. But being with Craig means being vulnerable... and Lio will have to decide whether love is worth the risk.
The Evolution of Ethan Poe. Ethan Poe, 16 and gay, struggles for balance in his life. His parents are divorcing; his older brother Kyle is damaging his right hand in the name of purity; his best friend is a Jesus freak who prays for him to be straight; he’s desperate to get his driver’s license. He’s just starting to see light in the form of Max Modine, a boy he wants to know much better than he does, when his rural Maine town begins to explode around him.
Black Rabbit Summer by Kevin Brooks. Thoughtful Pete, tough Pauly, twins Eric and Nicole, strange Raymond: as kids, they were tight. Now they've grown up — and apart. Before they go their separate ways for good, they decide to get together one last time on the night of the county fair. But, twisted by personal histories and fueled by pharmaceuticals, their brief reunion fails. Days later, a girl is found dead, her body dumped in the river. One of the group is the prime suspect . . .
Ash by Malinda Mo. In the world of ASH, fairies are an older race of people who walk the line between life and death, reality and magic. Against the sheer misery of her stepmother's cruelty, Ash befriends one of these fairies-a mysterious, handsome man-who grants her wishes and restores hope to Ash's existence. But most important of all, she also meets Kaisa, a huntress employed by the king, and it is Kaisa who truly awakens Ash's desires for both love and self-respect...
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. And while he's not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.
Ask the Passengers by A S White. Astrid Jones desperately wants to confide in someone, but her mother's pushiness and her father's lack of interest tell her they're the last people she can trust. Instead, Astrid spends hours lying on the backyard picnic table watching airplanes fly overhead. She doesn't know the passengers inside, but they're the only people who won't judge her when she asks them her most personal questions...like what it means that she's falling in love with a girl.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe By Benjamin Alire Saenz. Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime.
Boys Don't Cry by Malorie Blackman. Slips of paper can change your life . . . Dante's about to receive his A-level results and then a future of univeristy and journalism awaits. But the day they're due to arrive his old girlfriend Kendra turns up unexpectedly . . . buggy and baby Emma in tow. Dante assume Kendra's baby-sitting, until she nips out to buy some essentials, leaving him literally holding the baby and telling him there's a note for him in Emma's baby bag . . .
Impulse / Ellen Hopkins. Three lives, three different paths to the same destination: Aspen Springs, a psychiatric hospital for those who have attempted the ultimate act -- suicide. Vanessa is beautiful and smart, but her secrets keep her answering the call of the blade. Tony, after suffering a painful childhood, can only find peace through pills. And Conner, outwardly, has the perfect life. But dig a little deeper and find a boy who is in constant battle with his parents and himself.
Dangerous Angels: The Weetzie bat Books by Francesca Lia Block. Spinning a saga of interwoven lives and beating hearts, these postmodern fairy tales take us to a Los Angeles brimming with magical realism: a place where life is a mystery, pain can lead to poetry, strangers become intertwined souls, and everyone is searching for the most beautiful and dangerous angel of all: love.