Since my original Anticipated 2017 Reads post focused on books that were released in the first half of 2017, I thought it would be fun to share the books that I’m looking forward to for the second half of 2017. In honor of Pride Month, I’m going to only be sharing Young Adult books that I’m looking forward to which have LGBTQ+ Main Characters!
I hope you can find some cool releases to look forward to~
THE GALLERY OF UNFINISHED GIRLS by Lauren Karcz. I’m so excited to see more speculative fiction with bisexual main characters like The Gallery of Unfinished Girls. The Gallery of Unfinished Girls follows a bisexual artist, Mercedes, who is in love with her best friend and is currently in a creative block. When a piano appears on her lawn, it leads her to a mysterious neighbor who invites her to paint at the Red Mangrove Estate. She has to choose between a perfect world and a messy reality. Release Date: July 25th ⋆ Add it On Goodreads.
LITTLE & LION by Brandy Colbert. Little & Lion has a heroine named Suzette who is black, bisexual, and Jewish. She comes back to LA after going to boarding school in New England. After coming home, she starts to fall in love with the same girl that her stepbrother Lionel is in love with. Little & Lion also deals with mental health as Lionel is bipolar. I’m excited to see how it is depicted as we don’t get much of that in Young Adult. Release Date: August 8th ⋆ Add it On Goodreads.
GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS by Melissa Bashardoust. A snow white retelling with Queer MC(s)… That’s all I needed to know to request it on Netgalley. Girls Made of Snow and Glass follows a sixteen year old named Mina with magician father who has a heart made of glass. Mina decides to win the king’s heart, become a queen, and finally find love. But that means she’s going to be a step mother. The king’s daughter, Lynet, looks just like her mother because a magician made her out of snow in her image. Lynet wants to be more like her stepmother so her father grants her wish and makes her queen. However, it displaces Mina and enrages her. Now Lynet has to decide whether to win her stepmother back or defeat her. Release Date: September 5th ⋆ Add it On Goodreads.
THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END by Adam Silvera. Ready for Adam to wreck me again with a bisexual main character. I’m so
not ready for the main characters death and mine. They Both Die at the End follows two teenagers who each get a call from Death-Cast telling them the news that they’re going to die today. They both go in search of a friend on their last day, for different reasons, by using the Last Friend app. They meet up to go on one last adventure. Fun Fact: the book takes place on September 5th which is the same day as the release date, which is so cool. Release Date: September 5th ⋆ Add it On Goodreads.
AUTOBOYOGRAPHY by Christina Lauren. This is an unexpected genre switch from writer duo Christina Lauren who usually write m/f New Adult Romances. I’m not quite sure what to expect because of that but I’m curious as to see what will happen. Autoboyography is a coming of age novel following two boys who fall for each other during a writing class. Bisexual Tanner is not out at his new school and plans not to rock the boat. Then, his friend dares him to take a Seminar in which students draft an entire book in a semester. Tanner falls in love with the Mormon writing prodigy who sold his Seminar novel and now mentors the class. Release Date: September 12th ⋆ Add it On Goodreads.
WILD BEAUTY by Anna-Marie McLemore. Oh, this beautiful book. I had the privilege of receiving an ARC & Anna-Marie does not disappoint. Wild Beauty follows a bisexual protagonist named Estrella who is apart of a cursed family. Whenever a Nomeolvides woman falls in love, her lover disappears into the gardens that they have tended to for generations. When a boy mysteriously appears, she has figure out his past. There’s multiple gay and bisexual side characters, and a genderqueer character. I totally recommend pre-ordering Wild Beauty. Release Date: October 3rd ⋆ Add it On Goodreads.
NOT YOUR VILLAIN by C.B. Lee. I’ve been looking forward to the sequel to Not Your Sidekick since I saw the announcement for it at the end of Not Your Sidekick. Not Your Villain follows Bells, a transgender teenager who can shapeshift. And he’s also the country’s most wanted villain. He sets off with his friends, including the previous book’s bisexual heroine, to expose the corruption of the League of Heroes. Then there’s also college apps and the crush he has on his best friend to deal with. Release Date: October 5th ⋆ Add it On Goodreads.
LIKE WATER by Rebecca Podos. A bisexual heroine who preforms as a mermaid at a water park?? Uhh… Yeah. Sign me up. And I’m 99.99% sure the love interest is Genderfluid. Like Water follows a latinx teenager named Vanni whose father has just been diagnosed with Huntington’s disease causing her plans of leaving her small-town to crumble. Then she meets Leigh who is looking for something more than a small-town life. Vanni’s relationship with Leigh causes her to face aspects of herself she’s been trying to avoid. Release Date: October 17th ⋆ Add it On Goodreads.
A LINE IN THE DARK by Malinda Lo: From the synopsis, it seems like A Line in the Dark has a lesbian heroine (it doesn’t say outright that she is but she likes girls) and other WLW characters of unspecified sexuality. A Line in the Dark follows Jess who falls for her best friend Angie. Then Angie starts to fall for a girl from a nearby boarding school named Margot. As Angie gets more into Margot’s circle, Jess discovers lies and cruelty in a world of privilege. Release Date: October 17th ⋆ Add it On Goodreads.
THE WICKER KING by K. Ancrum: I haven’t heard a lot about The Wicker King, but it has bisexual main characters so naturally I’m intrigued. The Wicker King is about two best friends, August and Jack. Jack starts to show signs of a degenerative hallucinatory disorder in which there is a fantasy world ruled by the Wicker King where he leads August to fulfill a dark prophecy. Considering the mental health rep, it’s either gonna be really good or really bad.. We’ll see. Release Date: October 31st ⋆ Add it On Goodreads.