2018 LGBTQ+ YA

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It’s December! It’s still around 18 degrees here in Ibiza and there are palm trees all around, so sadly I don’t feel remotely Christmassy, but it is indeed December – and that means it’s almost 2018! There are so many books that I’m looking forward to next year that I’ve decided to split them into a few blog posts, beginning with YA with LGBTQ+ main characters. Most of these are from the US and almost all are written by women, so if you have any recommendations by male, non-American and/or POC authors, please let me know.

All Out: The No Longer Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages – edited by Saundra Mitchell
An anthology of 17 historical short stories, written by authors including Malinda Lo, Alex Sanchez, Sara Farizan and Shaun David Hutchinson, with settings such as a 16th century Spanish convent, 1870s Mexico and the 1970s roller disco scene. Out 27 February.

Meet Cute – various authors
This isn’t a LGBTQ+ anthology, but it does feature four great f/f stories – I read and loved Meredith Russo’s, about a trans girl and a seemingly transphobic classmate brought together by a school play, and Emery Lord’s, a very cute meeting between two girls in an airport. Out 2 January.

What If It’s Us – Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera 
I really love both of these writers (who doesn’t?) and am super excited for their co-authored novel about two boys being pushed by the universe into failed first dates, as well as Becky’s Leah on the Offbeat in April. Out 2 October.  

Law of Inertia – Sophie Gonzales 
Pitched as an LGBT Gone Girl, this debut is about the mysterious death of a teen boy and his still-grieving boyfriend, who goes on the search for answers. Sounds super intriguing. Out in October.

The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza – Shaun David Hutchinson
Shaun David Hutchinson is brilliant, and as far as I know this is his first female main character – a bisexual girl who is the product of a virgin birth, can perform miracles, and may be the only one able to save the world. Out 6 February.

Let’s Talk About Love – Claire Kann
Lots of interesting rep in this one, about an biromantic asexual girl who swears off dating after her girlfriend dumps her, then meets and falls for a boy whilst working in her local library. Out 23 January.

Dear Rachel Maddow – Adrienne Kisner 
I must admit, I’d never heard of Rachel Maddow when I read about this… but having now Googled, I love this concept: a sixteen-year-old girl who drafting emails to her idol about breaking up with her girlfriend, her brother’s death, and more. Out 5 June.

Ship It – Britta Lundin
I was lucky enough to get my hands on an ARC of a couple of weeks ago, and it’s next up on my reading list: an f/f story about two girls at a comic-con, looking at issues of sexuality and other representation in fandom. Out 1 May.

The Summer of Jordi Perez – Amy Spalding
This sounds so fun – a fashioned-obsessed, plus-size gay girl, Abby, who falls for another intern at a boutique, while also befriending a lacrosse player who needs help on a project involving eating burgers around LA. Out 3 April.

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me – Mariko Tamaki & Rosemary Valero-O’Connell
A YA graphic novel from the writer of Skim and This One Summer and illustrator Rosemary Valero-O’Connell, about “what might possibly be the most epically complicated breakup in lesbian history”. There’s no release date yet, but you can see a preview of some of the artwork in this article.

The Beauty That Remains – Ashley Woodfolk
I’ve heard great things about this one, about three young people who have all lost someone close to them – a best friend, a twin sister, an ex-boyfriend  brought together by music. Out 6 March.

Aaaaand a casual reminder that my own Out of the Blue – about a 16-year-old gay girl dealing with her mums’ death and her ex-girlfriend’s disappearance while angels fall from the sky – is out on March 22 in the UK, or 15 May in the US. Add it on Goodreads here!

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