Realistic YA by Subgenre

(For Spec Fic by Subgenre, see here.)

Coming of Age

  • Late to the Party by Kelly Quindlen

Contemporary (Non-Romance)

These are books that may or may not have romances, but do not have romance as the central plot.

Female Protag

  • Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert
  • If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan
  • Love & Other Carnivorous Plants by Florence Gonsalves
  • Paperweight by Meg Haston
  • Let’s Call it a Doomsday by Katie Henry
  • Run by Kody Keplinger
  • That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger
  • Dear Rachel Maddow by Adrienne Kisner
  • We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
  • Being Fishkill by Ruth Lehrer
  • It Goes Like This by Miel Moreland
  • Final Draft by Riley Redgate
  • Not My Problem by Ciara Smyth
  • We Used to Be Friends by Amy Spalding
  • Odd One Out by Nic Stone
  • Fresh by Margot Wood

Male Protag

Genderqueer Protag

Contemporary Romance

F/F

M/M

M/F

  • Verona Comics by Jennifer Dugan (bi F/bi M)
  • Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales (bi F)
  • Technically, You Started It by Lana Wood Johnson (demi F/bi M)
  • Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann (biro ace F)
  • I’ll Be the One by Lyla Lee (bi F/bi M)
  • Stay Gold by Tobly McSmith (trans M)
  • Wild by Hannah Moskowitz (bi F/bi M)
  • Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy (queer F)
  • Noteworthy by Riley Redgate (bi F)
  • Birthday by Meredith Russo (trans F)
  • Follow Your Arrow by Jessica Verdi (bi F)

F/NB

M/NB

Historical Romance

F/F

M/M

Mystery/Thriller

Female Protag

Male Protag

Non-Binary Protag

Psychological Thriller

Romantic Contemporary

*These are books that are not Romances by the genre definition (HFN/HEA) but have main romantic storylines

F/F

M/M

  • As Far As You’ll Take Me by Phil Stamper

M/F

  • Verona Comics by Jennifer Dugan

Verse

I know it’s not a genre, but I didn’t know where else to put it. Deal with it.

 

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