Read Proud: Fiction for Teens

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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.

How to Be Remy Cameron

Everyone on campus knows Remy Cameron: he’s the out-and-proud, super-likable guy who friends, faculty, and fellow students alike admire for his cheerful confidence. Under pressure to write an A+ essay defining who he is and who he wants to be, Remy embarks on an emotional journey toward reconciling the outward labels people attach to him with the real Remy Cameron within. You can also check out this title as eBook on Hoopla or as eAudio on Hoopla.

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.


Creating a drag-show audition tape that culminates in an unkind nomination for prom queen, an overweight and openly gay teen partners with a girl who has been nominated for prom king to embrace their true selves. You can also check out this title as an eBook on Libby/OverDrive, or as eAudio on Libby/OverDrive.

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 eBook on OverDrive/Libby or as eAudio on OverDrive/Libby.