Realistic Fiction by Trope/Setting/Theme

Academia

Addiction

  • Getting Clean with Stevie Green by Swan Huntley
  • Just By Looking at Him by Ryan O’Connell

AIDS Crisis

Body Image

Breakups

Childhood Trauma

Coming of Age

  • Milk Fed by Melissa Broder
  • Little Foxes Took Up Matches by Katya Kazbek
  • Body Grammar by Jules Ohman
  • Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers
  • Real Life by Brandon Taylor

Conversion Therapy

Crime (Standalones)

Crime (Series)

Female MCs

Male MCs

Diaspora Life

Disability and Ableism

  • Just By Looking at Him by Ryan O’Connell

Espionage

Faith and Religion

Found Family

Friendship

  • Boys Come First by Aaron Foley
  • So Happy For You by Celia Laskey

Gender Identity

Gentrification

  • Boys Come First by Aaron Foley

Grief and Mourning

Hollywood

  • I Kissed a Girl by Jennet Alexander
  • A Killing in Costumes by Zac Bissonnette
  • How to Be a Normal Person by TJ Klune
  • Just By Looking at Him by Ryan O’Connell
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • The Guncle by Steven Rowley
  • Something to Talk About by Meryl Wilsner

Immigration

Intergenerational Explorations

Love Affairs

Matrimony

Mental Health and Illness

Mysteries

Cozy

Literary

 Murder

Political

Noir

Open Relationships

  • *Seeing Strangers by Sebastian Plata

Parenting/Guardianship

  • With Teeth by Kristen Arnett
  • The Guncle by Steven Rowley

Politics

  • Enter the Aardvark by Jessica Anthony
  • Evan Reed Mysteries by Ann McMan
  • Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Psychological Thrillers

Religion

  • Milk Fed by Melissa Broder

Road Trip/Travel

Rural

Sex Work

  • On Home by Becca Spence Dobias
  • Cam Girl by Elliot Wake w/a Leah Raeder
  • City of Night by John Rechy
  • Treasure by Rebekah Weatherspoon
  • Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead

Sexual Awakening

Sexual Assault/Violence

  • They Never Learn by Layne Fargo
  • Yes, Daddy by Jonathan Parks-Ramage

Social Media and Technology

Socioeconomic Identity

  • The Town of Babylon by Alejandro Varela

Suburbia

  • The Town of Babylon by Alejandro Varela

Theatre

Thrillers/Suspense

Toxic Relationships

Wartime

Western

  • *Red by Claudia Cravens

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