QUESTION:book suggestions

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Hi. I'm searching for books for my daughter (age 15). Literature or non-fiction with a radical or at least alternative outlook on relationships - love - sex.

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Thanks for your question! There are a few places I would begin. One is a book called Lesbian and Gay Voices, which is a bibliography of books for children & young adults. This link will show you the nearest libraries that have it:

Ditto for The Teen Reader's Advisor, which is more mainstream but appears to have a broad outlook. Chapter 14, for example, has these sections:
Chapter 14. Love, Sex, and Romance
A/ Classic Love, Sex, and Romance
A/ Bisexual/ Transgendered/ Questioning Teens
A/ Dating/ Crush
A/ Dating Violence/Rape
A/ First Love
A/ Gay Guys
A/ Lesbian Girls
A/ Unplanned Pregnancy/Abortion
B/ Resources: Additional Romance
See libraries that have it at

An online bibliography, while not geared toward the love/sex realm, is at

I hope this is helpful. Please let us know how we can assist you further!

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To add another option, you may wish to do some searching of your own in a periodical (which could be either in print or online) called "Alternative Press Index", which may be accessible through your local public library --you can search on the subject term "young adult literature" and limit results to "book reviews".

An example result is this list of teen books from Peacework magazine, which has a teen top 10

Also, you can try the booklist page on the "Library Teen Wiki" --an open-source encyclopedia devoted to teen librarianship, especially the feminist fiction list!
master index of booklists on the web

Another book you may want to look at is BITCHfest: Ten Years of Cultural Criticism from the Pages of Bitch Magazine, edited by Lisa Jervis and Andi Ziesler. It includes an essay called "Ruby fruit Jungle Gym: An Annotated Bibliography of the Young Adult Novel." Many of the other essays in the collection might also be of interest. Bitch magazine itself might offer another avenue of exploration.