The Perks of Being a Wallflower, omgggggg.
Next: Malinda Lo has declared June 2012 YA Pride Month, during which we celebrate GLBT young adult literature and characters. You should absolutely follow along to read the interviews, essays, giveaways, and more she'll be hosting this month. Her essays are always incredibly thought-provoking.
There remains an unfortunate lack of GLBT characters represented in YA, but especially main characters. We hope to see that shift over the coming years. In the meantime, let's discuss some of our favorite books featuring GLBT characters. I've been reading Graceling and Fire by Kristin Cashore, which features a few fantastic GLBT secondary characters. I appreciate Cashore's approach to sexuality, which is very sex-positive and mostly shame-free. I'm also, admittedly, a big fan of Malinda Lo's own Ash -- a lesbian retelling of Cinderella.
What are some of your favorite YA novels featuring GLBT characters? Bonus points if the main character is GLBT!