Fave Five: Queer Autistic Main Characters

The Lifeline Signal by RoAnna Sylver

Failure to Communicate by Kaia Sonderby

An Unseen Attraction by KJ Charles

Whip Stir and Serve by Caitlyn Frost and Henry Drake

The Remaking of Corbin Wale by Roan Parrish

Bonus: For great books with major queer characters that also have autistic main characters (but not queer, autistic MCs), check out On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis and Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde. For a short stories, try Four-Point Affective Calibration” by Bogi Takács and “Tenderness” by Xan West in Queerly Loving 2.

3 thoughts on “Fave Five: Queer Autistic Main Characters”

  1. I’d like to put in a word for my ‘Glitch in the System’ series, if I may. As an autistic writer, it’s deeply important to me to see neurodivergent characters written from a genuinely neurodivergent understanding. There are far too many misconceptions perpetuated by literature written from second-hand accounts. Please support neurodivergent authors. https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/selene-depackh/troubleshooting/

  2. Oh man, I’ll have to check out all of these (including the non-queer ones)! A few of my friends are on the neurodivergent spectrum and it’s something I want to understand more about. Which book would you recommend starting with?

    1. Good question! I haven’t read all of them yet – I just know they come highly recommended – but I personally loved ON THE EDGE OF GONE, and I’ve probably heard the most positive raving about FAILURE TO COMMUNICATE. I should also add that I didn’t know it when I wrote this list, but AN UNKINDNESS OF GHOSTS by Rivers Solomon apparently also has fantastic autistic rep, so there’s another one to check out, especially if you like sci-fi!

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