13 YA Books with an Amazing Lesbian Lead Character That Came Out This Year

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We’ve had some awesome lesbian characters on TV shows, like Glee, Pretty Little Liars and The Fosters, but for those of you bookworms looking to see more LGBTQ+ characters on the page, you’ve come to the right place. 2016 has been a year of great YA novels in general — and as our society becomes more accepting of queer and gender non-conforming people, we begin to see them more and more in our media: movies, TV and especially books.

Christmas break is coming up, which means we’re all about to have a lot of extra time on our hands. So, if you need to take a break from binge-watching your current Netflix fave (or if *shocker* TV isn’t really your thing — we know there are those of you who exist!), then check out these 2016 books with empowering lesbian protagonists. Some of these characters will actually make your heart melt: