"The Borrower" Author Rebecca Makkai Makes the Ultimate Reading List for Young LGBT Readers (VIDEO)

Rebecca Makkai’s The Borrower is one of those rare debut novels that makes an impact through its message as well as its literary achievement. Praised widely for being beautifully written, and chosen by The Daily Beast as a must read, The Borrower chronicles the relationship between a librarian and a ten-year-old patron who turns to her out of confusion about his sexuality. Their adventures take them around the country on a journey that proves both comic and moving — but more important, Makkai is reaching out to lonely, confused kids everywhere, offering solace in the form of books. Here’s her reading list and the video she made explaining her picks. Pass this along to everyone you know — because they probably know a struggling kid who needs it.


Rebecca’s Reading List:


Boy Meets Boy

By David Levithan

Absolutely, Positively Not…

By David LaRochelle

Rainbow Boys

By Alex Sanchez

Check out other books by the author.


The Mysteries of Pittsburgh

By Michael Chabon

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit

By Jeanette Winterson


By Jeffrey Eugenides


By David Sedaris

Also of note, Me Talk Pretty One Day

The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For

By Alison Bechdel

The Object of My Affection

By Stephen McCauley

The Dream of a Common Language: Poems 1974 — 1977

By Adrienne Rich

In particular, “The Floating Poem, Unnumbered”

A Shropshire Lad and Other Poems

By A. E. Housman

Be sure to read “To an Athlete Dying Young” and “The Colour of His Hair”.

And…the Book of Leviticus!