As a bisexual teen, I can’t count that many times I’ve seen myself and my sexuality reflected respectfully in a YA book. Luckily, that number is slowly but surely growing, and there are more and more books published every year with bisexual protagonists. Still, a lot of them aren’t discussed and promoted as much as they deserve to be, so when Nicole asked me to write a blog post about it for YA Interrobang, I jumped at the chance.
I haven’t read all of these books yet, but am definitely planning to and have heard fantastic things about all of them. I’m including both released and unreleased books, so you have books to buy or check out from the library now as well as books to preorder and/or become excited for.
Adaptation by Malinda Lo
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: September 18 2012
Reese and her debate team partner and longtime crush David are in Arizona when it happens. Everyone knows the world will never be the same. On their drive home to San Francisco, along a stretch of empty highway at night in the middle of Nevada, a bird flies into their headlights. The car flips over. When they wake up in a military hospital, the doctor won’t tell them what happened, where they are—or how they’ve been miraculously healed.
Far From You by Tess Sharpe
Release Date: April 8 2014
Sophie and her best friend Mina are confronted by a masked man in the woods. Sophie survives, but Mina is not so lucky. When the cops deem Mina’s murder a drug deal gone wrong, casting partial blame on Sophie, no one will believe the truth: Sophie has been clean for months, and it was Mina who led her into the woods that night for a meeting shrouded in mystery.
Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis
Publisher: Amulet Books
Release Date: June 17 2014
Amara is never alone. Not when she’s protecting the cursed princess she unwillingly serves. Not when they’re fleeing across dunes and islands and seas to stay alive. Not when she’s punished, ordered around, or neglected. She can’t be alone, because a boy from another world experiences all that alongside her, looking through her eyes. Amara has no idea . . . until he learns to control her, and they communicate for the first time. Amara is terrified. Then, she’s furious.
Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: March 3 2015
Etta is tired of dealing with all of the labels and categories that seem so important to everyone else in her small Nebraska hometown. Etta doesn’t fit anywhere— until she meets Bianca, the straight, white, Christian, and seriously sick girl in Etta’s therapy group. Both girls are auditioning for Brentwood, a prestigious New York theater academy that is so not Nebraska. Bianca seems like Etta’s salvation, but how can Etta be saved by a girl who needs saving herself?
The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: January 5th 2016
Elli was only a child when the Elders of Kupari chose her to succeed the Valtia, the queen who wields infinitely powerful ice and fire magic in service of her people. The only life Elli has known has been in the temple, preparing for the day when the queen perishes—and the ice and fire find a new home in Elli, who is prophesied to be the most powerful Valtia to ever rule. But when the queen dies defending the kingdom from invading warriors, the magic doesn’t enter Elli. It’s nowhere to be found.
Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: September 6 2016
Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she can’t trust. The only way to get her family back is to travel with Nova to Los Lagos, a land in-between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland…
Not Your Sidekick by C. B. Lee
Publisher: Duet Books
Release Date: September 8 2016
Welcome to Andover… where superpowers are common, but internships are complicated. Just ask high school nobody, Jessica Tran. Despite her heroic lineage, Jess is resigned to a life without superpowers and is merely looking to beef-up her college applications when she stumbles upon the perfect (paid!) internship—only it turns out to be for the town’s most heinous supervillain.
A Darkly Beating Heart by Lindsay Smith
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Release Date: October 25 2016
After a failed suicide attempt, Reiko’s parents send her from their Seattle home to spend the summer with family in Japan to learn to control her emotions. But while visiting Kuramagi, Reiko finds herself slipping back in time into the life of Miyu, a young woman even more bent on revenge than Reiko herself. Reiko loves being Miyu, until she discovers the secret of Kuramagi village, and must face down Miyu’s demons as well as her own.
Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley
Publisher: Harlequin teen
Release Date: January 31 2017
Fifteen-year-old Aki Simon has a theory. And it’s mostly about sex. So when Aki and Lori set off on a church youth-group trip to a small Mexican town for the summer and Aki meets Christa — slightly older, far more experienced — it seems it’s going to be a summer of testing theories, and the result may just be love.
Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Release Date: March 14 2017
When BFFs Charlie, Taylor and Jamie go to SupaCon, they know it’s going to be a blast. What they don’t expect is for it to change their lives forever. While Charlie dodges questions about her personal life, Taylor starts asking questions about her own.
Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
Publisher: Harper Collins Children’s Books
Release Date: March 28 2017
Frances has always been a study machine with one goal, elite university. Nothing will stand in her way; not friends, not a guilty secret – not even the person she is on the inside. But when Frances meets Aled, the shy genius behind her favourite podcast, she discovers a new freedom. He unlocks the door to Real Frances and for the first time she experiences true friendship, unafraid to be herself. Then the podcast goes viral and the fragile trust between them is broken.
How To Make A Wish by Ashley Herring Blake
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Release Date: May 2 2017
All Grace Glasser wants is her own life. A normal life in which she sleeps in the same bed for longer than three months and doesn’t have to scrounge for spare change to make sure the electric bill is paid. Her attempts to lay low until she graduates are disrupted when she meets Eva, a girl with her own share of ghosts she’s trying to outrun. Grief-stricken and lonely, Eva pulls Grace into midnight adventures and feelings Grace never planned on.
Noteworthy by Riley Redgate
Publisher: Amulet Books
Release Date: May 2 2017
Jordan Sun is an Alto 2, which — in the musical theatre world — is sort of like being a vulture in the wild: She has a spot in the ecosystem, but nobody’s falling over themselves to express their appreciation. Then the school gets a mass email: A spot has opened up in the Sharpshooters, Kensington’s elite a cappella octet. Worshiped … revered … all male. Desperate to prove herself, Jordan auditions in her most convincing drag, and it turns out that Jordan Sun, Tenor 1, is exactly what the Sharps are looking for.
The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember
Publisher: Duet Books
Release Date: May 4 2017
Mermaid Ersel learns of the life she wants when she rescues and befriends Ragna, a shield-maiden stranded on the mermen’s glacier. But when Ersel’s childhood friend and suitor catches them together, he gives Ersel a choice: say goodbye to Ragna or face justice at the hands of the glacier’s brutal king.To save herself from perishing in the barren, underwater wasteland and be reunited with the human she’s come to love, Ersel must try to outsmart the God of Lies.
The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: June 27 2017
An unforgettable tale of two friends on their Grand Tour of 18th-century Europe who stumble upon a magical artifact that leads them from Paris to Venice in a dangerous manhunt, fighting pirates, highwaymen, and their feelings for each other along the way.
What are your favorite books with bisexual main characters? Are any of them on this list?