Realistic YA by Subgenre

(For Spec Fic by Subgenre, see here.)

Coming of Age

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

Female Protag

  • *Going Bicoastal by Dahlia Adler – B+
  • This is What it Feels Like by Rebecca Barrow
  • Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert
  • If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan
  • Off the Record by Camryn Garrett
  • Love & Other Carnivorous Plants by Florence Gonsalves
  • Sister Mischief by Laura Goode
  • 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
  • Ophelia After All by Racquel Marie
  • It Goes Like This by Miel Moreland
  • Late to the Party by Kelly Quindlen
  • 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

  • *This is Why They Hate Us by Aaron H. Aceves
  • Things We Couldn’t Say by Jay Coles
  • The Sky Blues by Robbie Couch
  • The Chandler Legacies by Abdi Nazemian – G
  • Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts) by L.C. Rosen
  • History is All you Left Me by Adam Silvera
  • Deposing Nathan by Zack Smedley
  • Tonight We Rule the World by Zack Smedley
  • Golden Boys by Phil Stamper
  • Me, Myself & Him by Chris Tebbetts
  • *The Kings of B’More R. Eric Thomas
  • How to Be Remy Cameron by Julian Winters

Nonbinary Protag

  • Sasha Masha by Agnes Borinsky
  • Brooklyn, Burning by Steve Brezenoff
  • Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin (Genderfluid)
  • Man O’War by Cory McCarthy

Contemporary Romance

F/F

M/M

M/F

  • 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

  • I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver
  • Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender
  • The Meet Cute Diary by Emery Lee
  • And They Lived by Steven Salvatore

Literary Historical

Female Protag

  • Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo

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

  • The Meaning of Birds by Jaye Robin Brown
  • Look Both Ways by Alison Cherry
  • The Falling in Love Montage by Ciara Smyth

M/M

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

M/F

  • Verona Comics by Jennifer Dugan (bi F/bi M)

 

Queering up your shelf, one rec at a time!

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