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This Book is Gay

They're going to read about it anyway, so you may as well get ahead of things with this brilliant list.

With the former Children's Laureate Malorie Blackman, and other teen authors such as Melvin Burgess, Philip Pullman and Sarra Manning talking about why it's important for teenage books to provide realistic depictions of sexual relationships, we bring together our list of some of the best books for young adults which talk frankly, but responsibly, about the realities of  love and sex.

  • Losing It

    Author: Various Editor: Keith Gray

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  • Losing It

    Author: Various Editor: Keith Gray

    This is a collection of eight short stories about growing-up, virginity and sex for teenagers.

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  • Adorkable

    Author: Sarra Manning

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  • Adorkable

    Author: Sarra Manning

    A quirky, appealing and original young adult romance told from two contrasting perspectives, this is a sharp-eyed and funny insigh…

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  • Why We Broke Up

    Author: Daniel Handler Illustrator: Maira Kalman

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  • Why We Broke Up

    Author: Daniel Handler Illustrator: Maira Kalman

    This beautifully presented and unusual young adult novel tells the story of Ed and Min's relationship, from their first meeting to…

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  • Love Hurts

    Author: Various Editor: Malorie Blackman

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  • Love Hurts

    Author: Various Editor: Malorie Blackman

    This anthology depicts a very wide range of romantic relationships, and a diverse set of characters, showing love in all its forms…

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  • Sugar Rush

    Author: Julie Burchill

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  • Sugar Rush

    Author: Julie Burchill

    Shortlisted for the 2005 Booktrust Teenage Prize, this is a controversial and daring look at the gritty reality of teenage experie…

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  • Pretty Thing

    Author: Jennifer Nadel

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  • Pretty Thing

    Author: Jennifer Nadel

    Nadel's first YA novel is set in 1976 (a playlist of music is appended!), but apart from the references to LPs, tapes and kaftans …

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  • Forever

    Author: Judy Blume

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  • Forever

    Author: Judy Blume

    Seventeen-year-old Katherine meets Michael at a party. The two of them like each other immediately, and soon fall in love - but ar…

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  • This Book is Gay

    Author: Juno Dawson Illustrator: Spike Gerrell

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  • This Book is Gay

    Author: Juno Dawson Illustrator: Spike Gerrell

    A fantastic book for classrooms and school libraries, This Book is Gay is a must-read for teachers and parents, as well as teens t…

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  • Lobsters

    Author: Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison

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  • Lobsters

    Author: Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison

    The first novel from friends and collaborators Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison, Lobsters is a frank and very funny young adult romance.

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  • Submarine

    Author: Joe Dunthorne

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  • Submarine

    Author: Joe Dunthorne

    Meet Oliver Tate, 15. Convinced that his father is depressed ('Depression comes in bouts. Like boxing. Dad is in the blue corner')…

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