Bibliography of Literary Fiction for Adults that Includes Teen Sex

Compiled by Anna March and Anna Short, April 2015

A handful of books marketed as Young Adult but widely read by adults are included and indicated as YA.

Novels and Novellas

A Life Without Consequences, Stephen Elliot, MacAdam/Cage 2001
The Adults, Alison Espach, Scribner 2011
Amy and Isabelle, Elizabeth Strout, Vintage 2000 (YA)
An Abundance of Katherines, John Green, Dutton 2006 (YA)
Ancient Light, John Banville, Viking Penguin 2012
Bastard Out of Carolina, Dorothy Allison, Deckle Edge 2012
Big Girl Small, Rachel DeWoskin, Picador 2012
The Bitch Posse, Martha O’Connor, St. Martin’s Griffin 2006
Blood and Guts in High School, Kathy Acker, Grove Press 1994
Breaking Her Fall, Stephen Goodwin, Mariner 2004
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz, Faber & Faber Limited 2008
The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger, Little, Little, Brown & Company 1951
The Commitments, Roddy Doyle, Vintage 1990
Constellation of Boys, Kerry Cohen, Shebooks 2014
Creamy Bullets, Kevin Sampsell, Chiasmus Press 2008
Dog Men, Alana Noel Voth, Tiny Hardcore Press 2014
Dora: A Headcase, Lidia Yuknavitch, Hawthorne Books 2012
Edinburgh: A Novel, Alexander Chee, Picador 2002
Eleanor & Park, Rainbow Rowell, St. Martin’s Griffin 2013 (YA)
Endless Love, Scott Spencer, Ecco Alfred A. Knopf 1979
The Fault in Our Stars, John Green, Dutton 2012 (YA)
The Fifty-First State, Lisa Borders, Engine Books 2013
Forever, Judy Blume, Bradbury Press 1975 (YA)
The Fortress of Solitude, Jonathan Lethem, Vintage 2004
From Rockaway, Jill Eisenstadt, Knopf 1987
Happy Baby, Stephen Elliot, McSweeney’s and MacAdam/Cage 2004
Hotel New Hampshire, John Irving, E.P. Dutton 1981
How to Build a Girl, Caitlin Moran, Harper 2014
The Ice Storm, Rick Moody, Bay Back Books 2002
Jones Inn, Stephen Elliot, Boneyard Press 1998
The Last Days of California: A Novel, Mary Miller, Liveright 2014
The Last Picture Show, Larry McMurty, Dial Press 1966
Less Than Zero, Bret Easton Ellis, Simon & Schuster 1985
Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov, Crest Giant 1959
Long Division, Kiese Laymon, Agate Bolden 2013
Look at Me, Jennifer Egan, Anchor Books 2001
Looking for Alaska, John Green, Speak 2006 (YA)
Men, Women & Children, Chad Kultgen, Harper Perennial 2011
Middlesex: A Novel, Jeffrey Eugenides, Picador 2007
Miles From Nowhere, Nami Mun, Riverhead 2009
My Sister’s Bones, Cathi Hanauer, Delta 1997
Normal People Don’t Live Like This, Persea 2009
Once Upon a River, Bonnie Jo Campbell, W. W. Norton & Company 2012
Paper Towns, John Green, Dutton 2008 (YA)
The Queen of the Night, Alexander Chee, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2016
Quick Kills, Lynn Lurie, Etruscan Press 2014
The Rachel Papers, Martin Amis, Knopf 1973
Rainey Royal, Dylan Landis, Soho Press, Inc. 2014
Sex and Rage, Eve Babitz, Random House 1979
Sister Golden Hair, Darcey Steinke, Tin House 2014
Someone Like You, Sarah Dessen, Viking Children’s Books 1998
Summer of ’42, Herman Raucher, Dell Books 1971
Summer Sisters, Judy Blume, Delacorte 1998
Teen Angel, Sonia Pilcer, IntoPrint Publishing 2014
Terms of Endearment, Larry McMurty, Simon & Schuster 1975
The Torn Skirt: A Novel (P.S.), Rebecca Godfrey, Harper Perennial 2008
Various Men Who Knew Us As Girls, Cris Mazza, Emergency Press 2014
The Virgins: A Novel, Pamela Erens, Tin House 2013
What It Means to Love You, Stephen Elliot, MacAdam/Cage 2002
White Teeth, Zadie Smith, Vintage 2001
Why We Broke Up, Daniel Handler, Little Brown Books for Young Readers 2013 (YA)
Will Grayson, Will Grayson, John Green, Dutton 2010 (YA)
The World According to Garp, John Irving, E.P. Dutton 1978

Short Story Collections/Individual Short Fiction

Blueprints for Building Better Girls, Elissa Schappell, Simon & Schuster 2012
Boys and Girls Like You and Me: Stories, Aryn Kyle, Scribner 2011
Danger, Debbie Cymbalista, Plume 1989
Drown, Junot Diaz
, Faber & Faber Limited 1996
Emerald City and Other Stories, Jennifer Egan, Doubleday 1996
Inside Madeleine, Paula Bomer, SoHo Press 2014
Not a Matter of Love (Many Voices Project), Beth Alvarado, New Rivers Press 2006
Slut Lullabies, Gina Frangello, Emergency Press 2012
St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, Karen Russell, Knopf 2006
This is How You Lose Her, Junot Diaz, Riverhead 2012
Troublemakers, John McNally, University of Iowa Press 2000
Use Me, Elissa Schappell, William Morrow & Company 2000
“What It Means To Disappear,” Angi Becker Stevens, Necessary Fiction 2009 (Web)