I never realized how hard it would be to find non-YA novels wow. I’m sorry this list took me so long to make and that it’s so short. If any of our followers know books that would fit the parameters of this ask please reblog this and add them or send us a message. I also find it odd that I could pretty much only find supernatural themed books so I hope you don’t mind that.
Here’s what I could dig up:
Other Girls by Diane Ayers: “The handbook that was presented to incoming students came right out with it: WILLARD COLLEGE FOR WOMEN—it said—WHERE A WOMAN CHOOSES HER OWN DESTINATION… The ellipses was included, presumably, to imply that anything could happen. So begins the saga of Elizabeth Breedlove, a newly arrived English major who will soon discover that the handbook is more prophetic than cliche.” There’s a full description on Goodreads, and I think it’s set in the 70s.
Lunatic Fringe by Alison Moon From queerbookclub “The first in Moon’s Tales of the Pack series stars a college freshman who, while trying to find herself, finds herself amongst lesbian feminist werewolf hunters, then finds herself falling for one of the hunted. Funny, sexy, feminist werewolves? Yes please.”
Better off Red by Rebekah Weatherspoon: ”Every sorority has its secrets… And college freshman Ginger Carmichael couldn’t care less. She has more important things on her mind, like maintaining her perfect GPA. No matter how much she can’t stand the idea of the cliques and the matching colors, there’s something about the girls of Alpha Beta Omega—their beauty, confidence, and unapologetic sexuality—that draws Ginger in.”
I just read Just Girls by Rachel Gold and it was fantastic.
Stir-fry by Emma Donoghue also takes place in college, and Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown goes to college age. Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters should be around the right age, too. And I think Nevada by Imogen Binnie is as well.
Then they took the last step together, and when she kissed her, her mouth as warm as summer, the taste of her sweet and clear, she knew, at last, that she was home.
Farewell, My Queen (France - Spain, 2012)
Natasha Lyonne | But I’m a Cheerleader (1999)
I was really tempted to ignore this because I don’t believe in giving anon wangs a platform, but the term “unnecessary lesbianism” made me laugh so hard that I caved.
Authors can write good books and make statements. I’m going to make some statements now. (Get ready.)
Queer people and queer relationships aren’t less necessary to narrative than cishet people or relationships. In fact, given the lovely emails and messages I’ve received about Tamar and Nadia (and given the existence of anon wangs like you), I’d say making queer relationships visible in young adult fiction is an excellent—and yes, necessary—idea.
I do agree that story trumps statement or we’d all just write angry pamphlets, but queer people exist both in my world and the world of the Grisha trilogy. I don’t see how including them in my work is making a statement unless that statement is “I won’t willfully ignore or exclude people in order to make a few anon wangs happy.” If that’s the statement I’m making, I’m totally down with it.
Also, I’m going to take this moment to shout out Malinda Lo, Laura Lam, Alex London, David Levithan, Emily Danforth, Emma Trevayne, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Cassandra Clare, and to link to Malinda’s 2013 guide to LGBT in YA. Because why just give attention to bigots when you can talk about awesome books and authors instead?