By Malinda Lo
Following up on my post last month, “Gay Without the Gay Angst: 12 Books About Gay/Bi/Queer Boys”, here is a list of 10 books about lesbian/bisexual/queer girls without a lot of coming-out angst.
If you’re looking for a complete lack of coming-out angst, it’s better to stick to the fantasy and science fiction; the realistic titles listed below do address coming out, though with much less angst than in some older titles. Also note that these titles are not all happily-ever-after romances; characters do face challenges and relationships may be full of conflict, but the conflicts and challenges are not primarily due to homophobia.
Admittedly, I found it more difficult to find books about queer girls that don’t contain a lot of coming-out angst. This may be because fewer books about queer girls are published in general. All I know is: We need more of them.
Fantasy and Science Fiction
- Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block — now available; also has a companion novel, The Island of Excess Love
- Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis — now available
- Radiant Days by Elizabeth Hand — now available
- Huntress by Malinda Lo — now available; Lo’s other books (Ash, Adaptation and Inheritance) also feature queer girls without the gay angst
- Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld — now available
- Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan — now available
- No One Needs to Know by Amanda Grace (Flux) — now available
- Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour — now available
- Lies My Girlfriend Told Me by Julie Anne Peters — now available; Peters has written many YA books about lesbian/bisexual girls with varying amounts of gay angst
- Far From You by Tess Sharpe — now available