My literary fiction centres around gay coming of age novels, which more or less happen in the same world as one another – though there will be some exceptions. This means that some of your favourite characters will make appearances in future books.
I believe that all of these works have a suggested age range of 14+ unless otherwise specified. All of them contain depictions of gay sex.
But don’t think they’re just for teenagers; a lot of adults have fallen in love with these novels too.
“The author has really got into the head of a teenager for this book. It reads as a very real story. It’s very emotional.”
Zipper Ripper Reviews
Homophobia in a family with a gay child can be deadly.
As Jack’s parents cleared out his room and boxed away his things, they wondered how had this happened?
Then they found the diary and read about exactly what torture they had put their son through.
Did Jack live or did Jack die? Only the reader can make the choice.
PRAISE FOR JACK’S DIARY
“Absolutely amazing work of writing. […] I felt a connection to Jack and his struggles, as I’m sure many other readers would. […] I just want to hug the kid – and others like him.”
“The clever thing about this story is that you can choose how it ends. […] This book is really important. It ought to be required reading in schools, to teach people that regardless of sexuality, we are all people and deserve to be treated with kindness. […] A moving, important worthwhile book. Just read it.”
“Reading this broke my cold heart. The anguish I felt for Jack all the way through this story.”
“This is a book everybody (wherever they are in the sexual rainbow) should read, because it’s a real eye-opener. It’s gripping, sometimes harrowing, but, ultimately, rewarding. You will finish it a wiser person.”
“The writing is intelligent and insightful and I have to say that this is the best story I have read in ages.”
“Strongly written and with a memorable cast of characters who will stick in your mind long after you’ve finished reading, this is a redemption story that will have your full attention until you’ve turned the final page.”
Writing from the Tub.
A genius and a good Christian boy… That’s the general opinion people have of Malachi Russell – so smart, quiet and well behaved. The perfect son for a celebrity, Baptist pastor.
But Malachi has secrets he’s kept hidden for the past three years. He doesn’t believe in god and, what’s more, he’s beginning to realise he’s gay. These are things he knows he must keep hidden until he can escape his family because he knows they will never accept them.
When his father begins to suspect that Malachi has developed feelings for men, he sends him to a gay cure camp in the middle of nowhere. Handcuffed and forced into the back to a people carrier en route to the camp, Malachi wonders: Is it possible to be so sure about yourself, to be so sure of who you are and yet still be terrified that you can be changed, not by evidence or reason but by indoctrination and fear?
Only his time at the brutal camp will tell.
PRAISE FOR MALACHI THE QUEER
“The story of Malachi is not just the story of a gay guy getting abused. It’s the story of any of us – regardless of our orientations – who have had to endure horrific experiences and then try to find our way back to that precious state of mind we think of as normalcy.”
“This was so good, I couldn’t put it down. I read it all in one night. […] It’s painful and tragic and hopeful and beautiful all at once.”
“In the end, it was probably the most raw and powerful collection of words I’ve ever read.”
“I read the book over Easter. Like the Easter story, the plot is harsh but ultimately it is about love. Malachi is crucified for his need to love and be loved. It is a graphic and disturbing intellectual examination of the emotional damage that can occur if rigid beliefs are given precedence over the normal human urges to give and receive love and support. It is an emotional roller coaster of a read, but well worth it.”
“You experience the full range of emotions and I warn you – when you start reading you will find the book hard to put down. When you finish the book, you will wish you could follow the people for a little longer. Not because the ending is rushed, but just because of the attachment you feel for the people by the end.”
“Malachi is the human spirit made flesh and I found myself revelling in him at every turn.”
When I Go I Go
Being a closeted gay teen is never easy, but it’s worse when your family are right-wing, religious zealots.
But when Myles Maxwell-Fox’s father is elected UK Prime Minister, Myles strikes a plan to leave home by first coming out to the press in front of 10 Downing Street.
He wants to start living his life; to oppose his father’s family-values agenda; to search for the boyfriend taken from him two years before; and the most important reason – a secret reason …one not for Myles to tell.
It was meant to be the perfect gay teenage love story: Connor, an unhappy queer sixteen-year-old, wins a competition to interview Danny O’Hara – a reclusive former child star, and according to the tabloids the most eligible teen celebrity in Britain.
When a winter storm hits Danny’s Scottish Castle, the boys are snowed in for a week and their feelings for one another start to heat up.
But as the writer of the story tries to push the action into a heteronormative romance, Connor refuses to go on unless he’s given a chance to experience a realistic gay love story.
Why the Tree is Bent
An anthology of gay short stories.