Adopted Protagonists

Full Disclosure Camryn Garrett

Full Disclosure
by Camryn Garrett

Simone Garcia-Hampton is starting over at a new school, making real friends, making a name for herself as student director of Rent, and making a play for Miles. The last thing she wants is for word to get out that she’s HIV-positive, because last time things got ugly. As Simone and Miles start going out, as shy kisses escalate into much more, she knows she has to tell him that she’s positive. But she’s terrified of how he’ll react. When she finds an anonymous note in her locker that threatens to expose her, she begins to wonder if the only way to rise above is to face the haters head-on.

How to Be Remy Cameron by Julian Winters

How to Be Remy Cameron
by Julian Winters

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.

The Bridge by Bill Konigsberg

The Bridge
by Bill Konigsberg

Aaron is a gay misfit struggling with depression and loneliness. Tillie isn’t sure what her problem is, only that she will never be good enough. They arrive at the George Washington Bridge at the same time. There are four things that could happen: Aaron jumps and Tillie doesn’t. Tillie jumps and Aaron doesn’t. They both jump. Neither of them jumps. Or maybe all four things happen. Includes resources about suicide prevention and suicide prevention for LGBTQIA+ youth.

Time of Our Lives by Emily Wibberley

Time of Our Lives
by Emily Wibberley

When two high school students with different ideas about their futures meet while touring colleges, they come to value each other’s point of view, and an unexpected romance unfolds.

The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk

The Beauty That Remains
by Ashley Woodfolk

Music brought Autumn, Shay, and Logan together. Autumn is a talented artist and a loyal friend. Shay was defined by two things: her bond with her twin sister, Sasha, and her love of music. And Logan has always turned to writing love songs when his real love life was a little less than perfect. But death might pull them apart– when tragedy strikes each of them, music is no longer enough.

Little Universes by Heather Demetrios

Little Universes
by Heather Demetrios

Two sisters struggle with the secrets brought to light in the aftermath of their parents’ sudden death.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusack

The Book Thief
by Markus Zusack

Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel–a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.

Far From the Tree by Robin Benway

Far From the Tree
by Robin Benway

Three teenagers, biological siblings separated by adoption, explore the meaning of family in all its forms–how to find it, how to keep it, and how to love it.

The Inexplicable Logic of my Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

The Inexplicable Logic of my Life
by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

A story set on the American border with Mexico, about family and friendship, life and death, and one teen struggling to understand what his adoption does and doesn’t mean about who he is.

Love Blind by C. Desir and Jolene Betty Perry

Love Blind
by C. Desir and Jolene Perry

Shy high schooler Kyle Jamieson forms an unusual friendship with Hailey Bosler, a girl rocker with degenerative blindness; they partner together to tackle a bucket list of greatest fears and in the process discover the painful reality of bad timing.