Young Adult (YA) Lesbian Fiction

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Young Adult (YA) Lesbian Fiction

Redigerat: jul 24, 2020, 2:35pm

Does anyone read young adult novels? In recent years, there has been a great increase in diversity in YA literature. LGBTQ YA books are now plentiful.
It's one of my favorite genres.

Even though they aren't classified as YA, you could say that Rubyfruit Jungle and Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit fit the genre as coming-of-age novels.

Another older YA book that I've read twice is Deliver Us From Evie by M.E. Kerr.

I love this book because it is told from the brother's perspective, it is set in a small farming community in the midwest, it takes place in the early 90s when homophobic slang terms for gay people were more prevalent than the words 'gay' and 'lesbian.' And most of all, the protagonist is a cool butch character, which to this day, is sorely lacking in YA novels.

One of the first YA authors I read was Julie Anne Peters. She has a lot of quality books, but the one that affected me the most was Keeping You a Secret.

With a steady boyfriend, the position of Student Council President, and a chance to go to an Ivy League college, high school life is just fine for Holland Jaeger.
At least, it seems to be.
But when Cece Goddard comes to school, everything changes. Cece and Holland have undeniable feelings for each other, but how will others react to their developing relationship?

A couple of recent YA reads that I enjoyed are Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz and Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Duggan.

Not Otherwise Specified
Etta is tired of dealing with all of the labels and categories that seem so important to everyone else in her small Nebraska hometown.

Everywhere she turns, someone feels she's too fringe for the fringe. Not gay enough for the Dykes, her ex-clique, thanks to a recent relationship with a boy; not tiny and white enough for ballet, her first passion; and not sick enough to look anorexic (partially thanks to recovery). Etta doesn’t fit anywhere— until she meets Bianca, the straight, white, Christian, and seriously sick girl in Etta’s therapy group. Both girls are auditioning for Brentwood, a prestigious New York theater academy that is so not Nebraska. Bianca seems like Etta’s salvation, but how can Etta be saved by a girl who needs saving herself?

The latest powerful, original novel from Hannah Moskowitz is the story about living in and outside communities and stereotypes, and defining your own identity.

Hot Dog Girl
Elouise (Lou) Parker is determined to have the absolute best, most impossibly epic summer of her life. There are just a few things standing in her way:

* She's landed a job at Magic Castle Playland . . . as a giant dancing hot dog.
* Her crush, the dreamy Diving Pirate Nick, already has a girlfriend, who is literally the Princess of the park. But Lou's never liked anyone, guy or otherwise, this much before, and now she wants a chance at her own happily ever after.
* Her best friend, Seeley, the carousel operator, who's always been up for anything, suddenly isn't when it comes to Lou's quest to set her up with the perfect girl or Lou's scheme to get close to Nick.
* And it turns out that this will be their last summer at Magic Castle Playland--ever--unless she can find a way to stop it from closing.

Jennifer Dugan's sparkling debut coming-of-age queer romance stars a princess, a pirate, a hot dog, and a carousel operator who find love--and themselves--in unexpected people and unforgettable places.

sep 15, 2020, 7:45am

Try not to. I don't need the angst and horribleness of that time of life again. Not to mention, I have no doubt that they're all 'politically' or whatever correct, and, as an older person that drives me up a freaking tree.

Glad they're there for the younger crowd, gonna give 'em a pass.

okt 13, 2020, 12:11am

I love lesbian YA! The genre has so much to offer. I would definitely agree, Rubyfruit Jungle and Oranges are not the Only Fruit fit in nicely as coming-of-age stories.

One of my all-time favorite lesbian YA books is The Miseducation of Cameron Post (it's beautifully written!)

A few other books from the genre I would recommend include:

Dear Rachel Maddow

The Midnight Lie

Fiebre Tropical

Fires of the Faithful

Music from another World

Silhouette of a Sparrow

okt 20, 2020, 11:15am

>3 stephiewonder: Great list! I've only even heard of one of these. Adding some to my wishlist now.