This is one of my favorite under the radar YAs, and one of the earliest queer YAs starring a person of color. (And, while this cover is gorgeous, there’s a different one on the paperback that makes this one a perfect under-the-gaydar choice, too.) It’s a short, lovely book about grieving and finding support and love where you least expect it, and a great choice for those looking for more tentative, newly questioning and discovering representation. (Note that I’ve tagged the book as bisexual, but labels do not appear.)
Ellis only has four days of her sophomore year left, and summer is so close that she can almost taste it. But even with vacation just within reach, Ellis isn’t exactly relaxed. Her father has been in a coma for years, the result of a construction accident, and her already-fragile relationship with her mother is strained over whether or not to remove him from life support. Her best friend fails even to notice that anything is wrong and Ellis feels like her world is falling apart. But when all seems bleak, Ellis finds comfort in the most unexpected places.
Life goes on, but in those four fleeting days friends are lost and found, promises are made, and Ellis realizes that nothing will ever quite be the same.
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Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace
37 Things I Love (in No Particular Order) by Kekla Magoon
Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert*
Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
*Having read this since initially posting, I see I was misinformed, and the MC is not in fact biracial; she’s in a mixed-race family. (She and her mother are Black, her stepbrother and stepfather are white.) However, the book does have her dealing with being Black and Jewish, so perhaps bicultural would be a better adjective here.
Treasure by Rebekah Weatherspoon (NA)
37 Things I Love (in No Particular Order) by Kekla Magoon (YA)
The House You Pass on the Way by Jacqueline Woodson (YA)
F*ths by G.L. Thomas (NA)
A Hundred Thousand Words by Nyrae Dawn (NA)
Bonus: Coming in 2017, Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert (YA)
Double Bonus: For a Sci-Fi NA, check out To Terminator, With Love by Wes Kennedy (NA)
Note: All of the above are by Black authors as well. To add a more titles to your list, a couple that aren’t: Out of Frame by Megan Erickson (NA) and Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley (YA)