Read Proud: Fiction for Teens

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Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh engages all of our communities in literacy and learning. Check out the titles in this list and ask your local librarian for more.

Anger is a Gift

Six years ago, Moss Jefferies’ father was murdered by an Oakland police officer. Now, Moss and his fellow classmates find themselves increasingly treated like criminals in their own school. The students decide to organize and push back against the administration. When tensions hit a fever pitch and tragedy strikes, Moss must face a difficult choice: give in to fear and hate or realize that anger can actually be a gift. You can also check out this title as eAudio on Overdrive/Libby, as eBook on Overdrive/Libby or as eAudio on Hoopla.

The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza

Elena, the first scientifically confirmed virgin birth, acquires the ability to heal by touch at age sixteen, the same year that people start disappearing in beams of light, causing her to wonder if she is bringing about the Apocalypse. You can also check out this title as eBook on Overdrive/Libby or as eAudio on Hoopla.

How (Not) to Ask a Boy to Prom

Despite wanting to have his first kiss at some point, Nolan Grant is positive that he doesn’t need a boyfriend. Instead, he’s perfectly happy to ride out his junior year drawing narwhals, working at the greenhouse, and getting smoothies with his best friend. However, Nolan’s older sister has other ideas for him–ideas that include a non-refundable ticket to prom. You can also check out this title as eBook on Overdrive/Libby.

Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens

After an encounter at her small town’s annual summer festival, seventeen-year-old biracial, queer Nima plunges into the world of drag, where she has the chance to explore questions of identity, acceptance, self-expression, and love. You can also check out this title as eBook on Overdrive/Libby.

Let's Talk About Love

Alice’s last girlfriend, Margo, ended things when Alice confessed she’s asexual. Now Alice is sure she’s done with dating and then she meets Takumi. She can’t stop thinking about him or the rom-com-grade romance feelings she did not ask for. Alice has to decide if she’s willing to risk their friendship for a love that might not be reciprocated or understood. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby.

The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali

When Rukhsana’s mother catches her with her girlfriend, she is forced to go stay with relatives in Bangladesh. Suddenly in a world of arranged marriages, religious tradition, and intolerance, Rukhsana must find the courage to take control of her future and fight for her love. You can also check out this title as eBook on Overdrive/Libby or as eAudio on Hoopla.

PET

In a near-future society that claims to have gotten rid of all monstrous people, a creature emerges from a painting seventeen-year-old Jam’s mother created, a hunter from another world seeking a real-life monster. You can also check out this title as eAudio on Overdrive/Libby or as eBook on Overdrive/Libby.

The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles)

Seventeen, fashion-obsessed, and gay, Abby Ives has always been content playing the sidekick in other people’s lives. Then she falls for her fellow intern, Jordi Perez. Hard. And now she’s competing against the girl she’s kissing to win the coveted paid job at the end of the internship. Can Abby find a way to reconcile her positive yet private sense of self with the image others have of her? You can also check out this title as eAudio on Overdrive/Libby, as eBook on Overdrive/Libby or as eBook on Hoopla.

You're Welcome, Universe

When Julia finds a slur about her best friend scrawled across the back of the Kingston School for the Deaf, she covers it up with a beautiful, but illegal, graffiti mural. Her supposed best friend snitches, the principal expels her, and her two mothers send her to a mainstream school in the suburbs, where she’s treated like an outcast as the only deaf student. You can also check out this title as eBook on Overdrive/Libby.