I’m so excited to welcome Dahlia Adler to the blog today! Dahlia created an extra special post about her top YA F/F favorites! This is extra exciting for me because, while I do read F/F and M/M, I’ve never read them in the YA genre. I’m more familiar with the adult contemporary genre. I’m really excited to check all of these out, and I hope that you all enjoy them, as well!
Dahlia’s Guest Post:
My YA F/Favorites
If you know me even a little bit, you know that good f/f YA is in my top ten favorite things on the planet. In honor of my f/f NA release (and with a shoutout to my own f/f YA, Under the Lights) voila—some of my personal faves!
For bisexual rep: Far From You by Tess Sharpe This book does so much well, including chronic pain rep, and I think it was the first book I read where the idea of bisexuality really clicked as a sexual orientation. So good.
For contemp loveliness: Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
Love that this one features a main character who’s already comfortable in her sexuality, has a strong best friendship, and has real passion for an unusual occupation (production design)
For a killer thriller: Trust Me, I’m Trouble by Mary Elizabeth Summer
This is probably my favorite f/f ship in YA, which is pretty amazing considering the main character, Julep, is with a different person for the entire first book in this series. AND YET. Something about them just wrecks me, these two hardcore badass girls who are soft only when it comes to each other… sigh.
In Fantasy: Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis
Love this book, and standalone Fantasy is such a rare thing!
In Sci-Fi: The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie
Sci-fi is super not my genre but I loved this badass book about pirates and sea monsters and a seriously slow-burn romance.
In Dystopian: The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow
The only think less my genre than Sci-fi is a mashup of Sci-fi and Dystopian, but this book has such great characters and voice and premise and romance that it transcends genre taste for me!
In cuteness: Dating Sarah Cooper by Siera Maley
If there’s a more squee-inducing f/f YA than this one, I haven’t read it yet!
In the future: keep a major eye out for the fantastic Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown and How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake, which are two contemporary YAs I absolutely love coming out in August 2016 and May 2017 respectively! Also a must-read: As I Descended by Robin Talley, which is a totally chilling and fabulous Paranormal boarding school-set retelling of Macbeth. And I haven’t read Audrey Coulthurst’s Of Fire and Stars just yet, but princesses in love? Hell to the yes.
Frankie Bellisario knows she can get anyone she sets her sights on, but just because she can doesn’t mean she should—not when the person she’s eyeing is Samara Kazarian, the daughter of a southern Republican mayor. No matter how badly Frankie wants to test her powers of persuasion, even she recognizes some lines aren’t meant to be crossed.
But when Frankie learns she’s been on Samara’s mind too, the idea of hooking up with her grows too strong to resist. Only Sam’s not looking for a hookup; she wants—needs—the real thing, and she’s afraid she’ll never find it as long as Frankie’s in her head.
Forced to choose between her first relationship and losing the girl who’s been clawing her way under her skin, Frankie opts to try monogamy…under her own condition: 30 days of keeping things on the down low and remaining abstinent. If she fails as hard at girlfriending as she’s afraid she might, she doesn’t want to throw Samara’s life into upheaval for nothing. But when neither the month nor Frankie’s heart go according to plan, she may be the one stuck fighting for the happily ever after she never knew she wanted.
Be sure to check out Dahlia’s newest release, Out on Good Behavior, now released!