Looking for some YA books with queer main characters to
read during pride month? Here’s a list of titles I’ve read and/or heard great
things about. Most of these were published within the past year or so. Feel
free to add on!
Know Me Well by David Levithian and Nina LaCour
Two classmates, one gay and the other lesbian, meet during
pride month in San Francisco and help each other through relationship problems.
me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan
Finally! A cute F/F novel where no lesbians die in the end!
The main character is an Iranian American with traditional parents.
Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig
Mystery/thriller about a closeted gay boy who’s girlfriend
goes missing, and he becomes the focus of her disappearance. I can usually
figure out what happened in mystery novels early on but this one had me
guessing until the very last page.
Abyss Surrounds Us and The Edge of the Abyss by Emily Skrutskie
Lesbian pirates and sea monsters. Need I say more?
the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore
This one’s like reading a modern day fairy tell starring a
trans boy named Sam, who’s family immigrated from Pakistan, and a Latina girl
named Miel who grows flowers out of her wrists. And there’s a glass coffin.
It’s super creepy.
of Geek by Jen Wilde
Y’all, this is set at SupaCon (like Comic Con!). There are
two narrators. Charlie, an Asian movie star who is bisexual, and Taylor, a
blogger who has ASP.
by E.M. Kokie
This one’s a little darker. It’s about a butch lesbian
doomsday prepper who accidently gets involved in a dangerous plot that could
get her and her family into some serious trouble. I liked this book because
Bex’s views about guns are completely different than mine. But that’s why we
read, right? To learn about people who are different from you.
Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst
This book was pitched to me as a fantasy book about a
princess betrothed to a prince but she falls in love with his sister. It’s
PS: Dear Mrs. Coulthurst, thank you for Chapter 34
Things I Can See From Here by Carrie Mac
A f/f story set in Vancouver about a girl with anxiety who
goes to live with her dad and falls in love with a musician.
Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake
Like Sarah Dessen? You’ll love How to Make a Wish! It’s
about a girl, who’s bisexual, who falls in love with a biracial dancer. It’s
part love story, part mother-daughter story and super amazing and emotional!
Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
Keep your tissues close. You’ll need them. Griffin’s
ex-boyfriend, Theo, drowns and he’s left devastated. He grows close to Theo’s
boyfriend, Jackson, who is one of the few people who knows what he’s going
Okay by Nina LaCour
Speaking of tissues, you’ll also need them for Nina
LaCour’s latest YA/NA crossover. Marin is staying at school alone for Christmas
holidays and her best friend Mabel comes to visit. It’s a tear jerker but also
amazing and beautifully written.
Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
I’m gonna cheat with this one because the main character
isn’t queer. BUT she has two moms, they’re a biracial couple, her twin sister
is a lesbian, and the sister’s girlfriend is pansexual. And her moms’ wedding
is a big part of the plot. Great book to read during pride month!
by April Daniels
Superhero novel with a main character who’s transgender and
a lesbian. I’ve read this and heard mixed reviews but for the most part, it’s a
good book if you like superheroes.
Better to Kiss You With by Michelle Osgood
This is a f/f story that I’m not entirely sure how to
categorize. It’s part paranormal romance, part mystery/thriller, but could also
be NA. The love interest is a butch lesbian who’s a werewolf!
Mans Up by M-E Girard
Main character is a butch lesbian who comes from a
traditional Portuguese family.
Queen by Sarah Fine
If you’re a Clexa shipper, you’ll love The Cursed Queen. A
fantasy novel with a bisexual main character who falls in love with her
chieftain’s daughter. You can’t help but fall in love with Ansa and Thrya. And
the best part? No dead queer girls!
Why do you want to fight Nicholas Sparks? And how would you challenge him (thrown glove, e-vite, etc)?
Thrown glove, definitely. This has to be PERSONAL, even though my problem with him is really everything he represents.
I have talked before about how his brand of dreck has basically killed the romcom, but I don’t think I’ve talked about why I hate his brand of dreck, so gather around, chickadees, for “How do I hate thee, Nicholas Sparks? Let me count the ways.”
1. Tragedy porn. Look, honestly, I liked “A Walk to Remember.” Mostly because of “Only Hope” and Shane West’s face, but I liked it (if I watched it today, even divorced from the whole of Sparks’s canon, I would hate it, but that’s a separate issue). But as time went on and I watched a couple more of his movies and then heard about the others, it’s just … look. I know that we make stories to make people feel a certain way. We want to elicit an emotional response. And that’s a good thing, you know? And I know I rail about darkness and sadness a lot, but I’m not even saying that stories should only try to elicit good emotions. That feels shallow.
But with Nicholas Sparks and other tear-jerker-type stories (see: reasons I never got into Grey’s Anatomy, reasons I’m more likely to read straight-up darkfic than what people call “sads”), the emotional manipulation is incredibly blatant and formulaic and … I don’t know, is “cheap” the word I want? I don’t see the point in a story that says “Here’s a thing you love. Fate is going to take that thing you love from you. The main character is going to lift their chin like Scarlett O’Hara and say ‘tomorrow is another day!’“ I don’t feel like it’s something the creator is sharing with me, I feel like it’s something they’re trying to do to me, and I don’t take kindly to that.
2. White Cis Hets Touching Foreheads.
3. His whole brand is marketed to women, books and movies both, they’re chick flicks, date movies, stuff For the Women, but he sure is a dude. Not that men aren’t allowed to write romances, but it’s just that slimy feeling of “a wise man making money off all those silly weepy romantic women” rather than “a wise man showing that it’s okay for both women and men to cry over a love story where tragic things happen.” Like. Nora Roberts sure doesn’t have this kind of franchise. And I can’t say I enjoy reading Nora Roberts, but one could excise the sex from her books and make movies and market them to women, but somehow nobody got to be a romantic-book-adaptation juggernaut until Sparks. Partly because he’s a man and partly because
4. Happiness Isn’t Art. There seems to be this implication that because things end badly, because they’re sad, because they make you cry, it’s okay that they’re romantic. The sadness makes sure that they’re art. And fuck that, honestly? Tearjerkers are fine, whatever, they can (and should, I don’t want to stop people writing for the genres that appeal to them) exist in the world even if I don’t want to consume them, but nobody in this world gets to tell me that the unhappiness elevates them higher than the romcom. That it’s better than Nora Roberts not because he’s a man but because the sadness makes it somehow more worthy.
6. Sometimes you just read a book or watch a movie and know that the person behind the story is ideologically opposed to you in pretty much every possible way.
Just to sum up, I guess … I’m a person who loves reading and writing love stories. I always have been, since I was a little kid. If there’s tragedy and difficulty along the way, sure, I’m willing to go along with that, but when there’s someone who consistently says “no, this is only worthy if I take happiness away from you, because happiness isn’t art, because romance is only worth of attention if tragedy interrupts it,” then I get ready for a fight. And since he’s very much the trend leader there, I am pretty much ready to meet him in the pit at all times.
This may be an odd request, but do you guys have any fics that tugged at your heartstrings, made you feel butterfiles, or simply made you feel a lot of emotions? I don't know how to explain properly, but like when you read something and bamf! it hit you right in the feels? I'm not exactly asking for your favourite fics; I have many favourite but only a handful could ignite that kind of feelings from me. Everyone, please share with me if you have come across something like this! Thank you! :)
Hi, here are some of the fics that made me feel a lot of emotions:
To Be Himselfby RavieSnake-T, 7 Chapters - Christmas is a time for family. But Hermione’s family is truly horrible. They never approve of her dates and she’s decided to try and beat them at their own game. How? By inviting Draco Malfoy to join their holiday with free reign to ‘be himself.’ But Hermione quickly realizes she doesn’t really know Draco at all…
Five Daysby RavieSnake - M, 14 Chapters - No one knows that they are missing. No one knows where they are. No one knows that they are trapped. No one knows that they are dying. Dramione. WINNER for Best Drama/Angst and Best Tragedy in the Winter 2017 Dramione Fanfiction Awards!
Crimson with a Silver Liningby Lady Cailan - M, 78 Chapters - It is six years since the fall of the Ministry to Voldemort. Those other than purebloods are deemed less than human. When Ginny’s daughter ends up in grave danger, Hermione sells herself to the Death Eaters to save her life. Draco/Hermione. Not fluffy.
Fairy Stoneby Colubrina - M, 4 Chapters - Draco is sentenced to one year in Azkaban, release contingent upon someone willing to vouch for his good behavior. Hermione does. “Oh, I want you,” he said. “You, just you, always you. You forever and you for always and you until the bloody sun explodes.” Dramione. COMPLETE.
The Dieby Colubrina - M, 36 Chapters - Years after the war is over Hermione sees Draco alone in a pub. When she invites him back to her flat the die is cast and it becomes possible that two very damaged people might, eventually, find peace. “You know me dark, you know me cruel, you know me shaking in the night and you’re still here.” Dramoine. COMPLETE
Silhouettes by Bex-chan - M, one-shot - “He would’ve known her silhouette in a room made of shadows.” A ghost story that’s not about ghosts at all. Dramione one-shot. EWE.
Friend Number Threeby riptey - T, 26 Chapters - COMPLETE - How do you deal with the Pureblood aristocracy, Ministry corruption, Muggle culture invasions, and constant questions about your love life while juggling more than two friends and not being a total jerk? Don’t ask Draco: he doesn’t know. D/Hr
How We Imagined Light by horcruxnumber8 - M, one- shot -The war is over, and while the rest of the Wizarding World drowns their sorrows in champagne and celebratory balls, Hermione finds comfort in an unconventional way…and with the most unexpected person. D/Hr, EWE.
Forgiveness is the final form of love by silverbirch - T, 19 Chapters - Eighteen months after the battle, Hermione is a volunteer in a soup kitchen, aiding those cast aside by Voldemort’s defeat. So, what’s HE doing standing in the queue for a handout? Can she put aside her her hatred and reach out to her oldest foe?
Ordinary People by inadaze22 - M, 19 Chapters - “Let me be clear about something tonight, Granger. You’re the only woman I’ve ever wanted…It’s always been you.” Draco steps in the fireplace, drops the floo powder, and disappears in a burst of green flames. Being re-written.
Out of the Silent Planetby ianthe_waiting - MA, 39 Chapters - Post-Hogwarts - Hermione Granger fulfills Severus Snape’s final wish, to journey to Japan to retrieve’ something of importance. Set eleven years after HBP.
And when did you last see your father? Was it when they burned the coffin? Put the lid on? When he exhaled his last breath? When he sat up and said something? When he last recognised you? When he last smiled? The last time he was healthy, active? The last time he had an argument about something?
I’ve been trying to recall the last time I actually saw him. The last time he was unmistakeably… there.
hello! correct me if i'm wrong but i think you're the jikook lover i follow who recently said they love reading fics?? so i was wondering if you know of fics/scenarios that build on that iconic hotel vlive when jimin may have been hiding in the bathroom? 👀 i thought about that last night and my imagination went kinda wild lol if not, any jikook recs will do! please and thanks! JIKOOK FO LYFEEEE💞
Hi Anon!! Sorry this was so late, the past week has been pretty wild for me. But anyways to answer the first part, no unfortunately I dont know of any fics that build off of that iconic vlive :( im sorry.
BUT that recent vlive came out right? With Jimin in the bath robe and that Jikook stare….ah yes. I know theres a couple of fics that build off or are just based off of that.
Constraint byHarlotChapters:1/1 >>> Basically Jungkooks journey from str8 to gay but oh, oh m a n, Its so beautifully done. Right from the beginning, all the emotions that Jungkook goes through are very real and the Jikook was developed so well. Please give this one a read.
He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not (Seven Days)by jeonifyChapters:2/2 >>> God, this really is a tear jerker this one. Its very sweet and fluffy and angsty and just so perfect. You can never go wrong with soft!Jimin and internationalplayboy!Jungkook 😊
Dream Makerby graesun and Polkari Seuta (VeritasEtVita)Chapters:12/12 >>> okokokok guys, read this fic. You will not regret it omg. The perfect mix of fluff, angst, smut and more fluff, this fic is a snipet into the lives of Jikook, who are just barely getting by with what little money they have, but theres lots of kisses, laughs, some angst and cute domestic shit™ This fic made me feel so many things and I loved it so much!! Give this one a try guys.
Don’t Think, Don’t Speak, Just Smile for Me by RagiChapters:27/27 >>> This fic left me shook for a solid week man, good god. So soft, so sad, so real. I loved the realism regarding homophobia and idols in Korea. Everything in this fic is written with care, and handled very well, plus the Jikook is beyond soft. I enjoyed this fic sooo much.
Glass Diamonds byGinForInk Chapters:1/1 >>> Skater Jungkook, Dance teacher Jimin, A+ smut and fluff, read this fic.
Well Done! by annafeu Chapters:1/1 >>> Okay, I suggest giving the tags a thorough peek through before reading this one because its twisted as fuck, but so damn amazing. This one features Bunny!Jimin, Wolf!Jungkook lots of filthy smut and grade A Jikook. Really great read, however do please read tag warnings before starting if you think you might be uncomfortable!
TheHook series by miskeen >>> Cute as fuck, domestic as fuck, hot as fuck, fuck. Read all the stories in this series please, theyre all 10/10 amazing.
The Good Doctor bysnarcsics Chapters:1/1 >>> Frick doods, this was some of the hottest, well written Jikook fics ive ever read. Featuring sex addict Kook psychologist Jimin, and some excellent office sex, yes.
two sides; same story by namjoone Chapters:4/4 >>> Basically Jikook are neighbors and they both secretly think each other are hot as fuck and they rly wanna bang but they wont actually admit it to each other, typical jikook lmao. Anyways, this is sooo good!! Super steamy and super cute 👌
A Touch of Sin by pettey Chapters:10/10 >>> One word. Beautiful. Absolutely, beautiful. Right from the start to the finish, this fic had me feeling things in every chapter. Its graphic and raw but so beautiful. Highly recommend this one!
Okay last one before I get too carried away….
Relax, Dont Do Itbyyoongidontdoit (sammyinnerdglasses)Chapters:4/4 >>> Funny, adorable, smutty (extreme switching™) and overall so so good. Wild party animal Jungkook swearing to go at least 90 days without partying, late nights, or sex. But then he meets Park Jimin and that last part becomes slightly extremely hard not to do… *lenny face* Pls read this lmao.
Okay!! Thats all I got for now. I hope you enjoy 😊
Act 1 as everyone saw it: a time of WAR. People aware dying and fighting there is no order and government the economy is a mess, homes are divided father vs son. It really sucks. Hamilton himself is a starving nobody who can’t get what he wants and has just this tee-niney inkling of hope backed comely off of the “well it’s gotten this bad surely it can’t get worse” (and then it gets worse) philosophy.
Act 1 as Lin Manuel Miranda Saw it: lots of exciting hopeful music. Friendship, family, freedom, hope, love for the small victories in life type songs.
Act 2 as everyone saw it: is a period of restoration. Building something new, lots of trial and error but this whole new great country that is our for the taking. Hamilton has money, he has his dream job, he’s got a wonderful wife and kids. Everything is awesome.
Act 2 as LMM saw it: grab a box of tissues because heartbreak and loss and sadness surrond us. Seem backwards to anyone else?
Act 1 is a time of disparity when what the people needed most was hope. This is the optimistic side shining through because they all keep finding new rock bottom but they know they can come back up. It is also a built-in safety feature of the brain to block out things that it deems too terrible and to ignore negativity if you can’t handle it it’s similar to why many people think crying in public is such a terrible humiliating thing.
Act 2, the drive they had to survive is no longer needed. They have met their goal of winning the war, of finding a spouse, of making some money, getting the job etc. they don’t have to hold onto hope like a lifeline because they’ve got it all.
All ‘sad’ songs are followed by a more uplifting one because when disaster strikes they are briefly reminded of BEFORE so they lapse back to their hospital excitement that pulled them through.
But wait there’s more
There’s more to the reversed mood of the show for the psychological reasons of the characters and the way the creator’s brain works finding the light in the dark. This also demonstrates the balance people find in different aspects of their lives and how Hamilton struggled to get that.
Eliza is happier without him. Songs when he is not in her life, are H Y P E and so is helpless when she first meets him and falls in love. After he’s gone-Who Lives Who Dies…-she goes on and does so much more and is so proud of herself. But songs between there she is so..down, her only really happy upbeat thing is when Angelica is around.
Hamilton doesn’t know how to balance his work and family. His work and his friends/coworkers: Yorktown, the cabinet battles, story of tonight, what’d I miss, right hand man, every song you can think of that affects his job is very upbeat-he doesn’t speak in Adams Admin. but what he sings about his family…they’re very melancholy and slower (he has dumb it all down for Eliza ‘cause she’s not his intellectual equal -that’s Angelica-(another post for another time)) Even Dear Theodosia has is an uplifting song but it’s a good tear jerker. And in Dear Theodosia he shares the song with his buddy from work.
After he has his job secured (end of Act 1) he has to focus on the other part of his life. His family. He’s never been a family guy. The first thing Eliza said about him “When he was ten his father split,” he’s never had a family and he doesn’t know what to do with the one he made so they’re all very down and everything is bad and he leaves a wake of distruction. And things weren’t too great back home so he would focus on work and then he was like wait, love it is nice why hello Mrs. Reynolds, this is a bad idea but what’s the worst that could happen? Literally all of his big major problems could have been prevented if he hadn’t done that(her) (another post for another time)
aries will give you an orgasm that sets your bed on fire and no one knows how to eat out better than a taurus gemini will blow your mind first, then your dick cancer is the first water sign, its better where it’s wetter everyone knows leos sensitivity, they are tear jerkers virgos always know the perfect screw libra ~ “friendzone… shit… thats a big commitment, i’ll fuck you tho”
scorpio - believe in oral sex or shut your mouth forever sagittarius ~ judge: I hereby sentence you to 68 years in prison my lawyer: your honor my client respectfully requests a year be added to his sentence capricorn: daddy open an aquarius mind and you open their legs
pisces feel down a lot, they know how to go down on you
You were sitting on the couch surrounded by four of your closest girlfriends enjoying some wine and cheesy chick flicks when you heard the front door open and close. You looked at the clock on the cable box and rolled your eyes when you saw it wasn’t even half past eleven.
“Oh am I interrupting somethin?” You heard his voice before you saw him enter the kitchen that was connected to the living room. You gave him a playful glare as he reached into his back pockets grabbing his phone and his wallet before placing them on the counter.
“Oi! Don’t come in here bangin about while we are trying to watch some good ole romantic comedy Harry!” You laughed as Harry acted offended by your best friend Kelsey’s words.
“What rom com are we watchin?” You laughed as he walked into the living room and plopped down between you and Kelsey causing her to roll her eyes. “Ya know I love Nicky Spee!” He added as he stretched an arm over your shoulder.
“Nicholas Sparks doesn’t make romantic comedies Harry.” You watched his eyes go wide as you took a sip of your wine, you knew this was going to become a rather entertaining discussion so you just sat back and got comfortable.
“What did you just say B?” Harry’s voice was serious but had a hint of playfulness in it as well. Bailey just shrugged as she took a sip of her wine, Harry ran his free hand through his hair as you took another sip of your nearly empty glass of wine.
“She’s right H,” he snapped his head in your direction as you leaned over and placed your glass on the coffee table. “The Notebook isn’t a romantic comedy.” He was giving you a playful glare but you just shot him a smile.
“How can you be the love of my life yet say such hurtful things ta me?” You just rolled your eyes as the girls giggled at Harry’s statement. “The Notebook is one of the best movies out there.” You just nodded your head in agreement as Bailey took this opportunity to refill your glass of wine for you.
“I agree love,” you stated as you gave Bailey a big smile while you reached over for your now full glass of wine. “But it isn’t a romantic comedy, it’s a love story but it’s not funny.” You added before taking a sip, you saw Harry reach for your glass and you reluctantly let him have it.
“I love you but you’re so wrong.” You shot him a playful glare as he took a sip of your wine. “It’s funny, the scene where Noah goes on the Ferris wheel is golden!” You heard Kelsey laugh making Harry shoot her a glare.
“It’s a sad ass love story Harry, it’s a good love story yes but it’s not a rom com it’s a tear jerker and that’s what your beloved Nicky Spee is good at.” You had to control your giggling so Harry wouldn’t glare at you as Cynthia spoke. She was sitting on the floor by the T.V and was looking at Harry like he was crazy. “I mean come on, ya have to know the difference between a rom com and just a good tear jerking love story.” She added with a huff as she leaned back against the sofa Bailey and Caroline were sitting on.
“Oi! You lot just love crushin my dreams!” You chuckled as you took the wine glass from his hand. “Jus go on about ya business than cos I don’t want ta hang with a bunch of girls anyway.” He tried to get up off the couch in a dramatic way but you reached up and grabbed his arm making him stay seated.
“Oh don’t leave in a huff H, we are about to watch the Runaway Bride! You love Julia!” You pleaded and when he stopped fighting against your grip you knew he was going to stay. You snuggled closer to him as he grabbed your wine glass once more.
“If you were a rom com actress Harry you’d be Julia.” You almost snorted from laughing so hard at Kelsey’s statement. Harry just shook his head but had a smile on his face.
“Why am I always Julia in everyone’s rom com?” You just chuckled as Harry snuggled into you and rested his head on your shoulder. You took your wine glass back before taking a sip and placing a sweet kiss to the top of Harry’s head.
You loved that Harry was so comfortable with you and your girlfriends, they loved poking fun at him and you knew he loved being included in jokes and stories. He loved coming home and seeing you and your friends having a girls night in and enjoying some wine in the living room while watching sappy movies. He also loved that they didn’t yell at him when he would invite himself along to brunches and dinners. Harry had a way of making your friends feel comfortable around him and that was just one of the many things you loved about him.
Susan (Aka Kara) and Freeda from “Adventure Time Islands”! I LOVED learning more about Susan/Finn’s background and the state the humans currently live in. It was a bit of a tear jerker as well (I’ll have to do more doodles…maybe one of Finn’s Mom). I’m glad Susan was able to reconnect with an old friend - who I honestly ship - and got a happy ending.
All in all, I’ll be watching this again and maybe even buy the DVD for it.