Hello! any recs for light-hearted books with over 20 year old characters?
Sure! Check out In Her Court by Tamsen Parker, Knit One, Girl Two by Shira Glassman, Pitifully Ugly by Robin Alexander, Perfect Pairing by Rachel Spangler, Vow of Celibacy by Erin Judge, First Impressions by Christopher Koehler, Take Me Home by Lorelie Brown, Roller Girl by Vanessa North,
The Burnt Toast B&B by Heidi Belleau and Rachel Haimowitz, and Coffee Boy by Austin Chant.
I do! Check out Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera, Vow of Celibacy by Erin Judge, Run by Kody Keplinger, A Line in the Dark by Malinda Lo, This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp, The Gallery of Unfinished Girls by Lauren Karcz, and Dreadnought by April Daniels are good ones to start with!
My top recommendation would be Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera. It’s about a Latina lesbian from the Bronx who does a summer internship in Portland and it’s a great critique of white feminism and white queer politics, and developing an identity as a queer woman of color.
Girl Mans Up by M.E. Girard is about a butch lesbian in Toronto dealing with friends and family who can’t understand how she can be a masculine girl.
This is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel is about a family raising 5 boys and their youngest child, a transgender girl.
Adaptation and Inheritance by Malinda Lo is a sci fi duology with a bi girl protagonist that has an amazing plot and touches on issues of racism, biphobia, and polyamory.
Others… The Miseducation of Cameron Post. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit.
“Dahlia Adler: You’re definitely one of YA’s most prolific genre jumpers, debuting in fantasy and then moving on to sci-fi, then to a psychological thriller, and next up with historical! What genre(s) do you most see yourself continuing to write in, and why?
Malinda Lo: Lesbians. Is that a genre? Because I want to see queer women in every single genre there is.”
“To the boys who get called girls,
the girls who get called boys,
and those who live outside these words.
To those called names,
and those searching for names of their own.
To those who live on the edges,
and in the spaces in between.
I wish for you every light in the sky.”
– Anna-Marie McLemore (When the Moon Was Ours)
You can find these on the Romance by Trope page of the site! https://lgbtqreads.com/romanceadult/by-tropearchetype/
- Beast by Brie Spangler (T) (YA, Beauty and the Beast)