What I love is that there is this ...surge, almost, in bisexual characters in YA. Or perhaps I'm just becoming more aware of it? It's a possibility. Let's hope this continues.
Sophie in Far From You by Tess Sharpe
As I mentioned in my blog post last week, Sophie's character in Far From You was the first book that really made me sit up and take notice of the idea of bisexuality. I loved the intensity of Sophie's connection to both Mina and David. Everything just felt really honest and raw and painful in this story and I loved it all.
Harper in Girlhood by Cat Clarke
Girlhood by Cat Clarke is a wonderful story and I love the fact that Harper (and her roommate) are bisexual but while present in the story isn't the main focus of Girlhood at all. I love that the diversity is there but that this book doesn't need to be a book about sexuality at all. It's about friendship and grief with bisexual characters. And I admire the story more for being so.
Jordan in Noteworthy by Riley Redgate
Again, in Noteworthy, Jordan's sexuality is brought up and is a thing that happens within the text ... but this also isn't a story about sexuality. It's definitely an exploration of gender and race and socioeconomic differeces but also a book about boarding schools and performing arts and friendship and falling in love. But I definitely appreciated that Jordan does explore her own sexuality within this book. That she asked herself those questions and went there.
Aki in Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley
On the other hand, we have Aki in Our Own Private Universe. Who is determined to, instead of only thinking about her sexuality, to act on it in this summer spent in Mexico. There she embarks on a summer fling with another girl. While I didn't always love the three main characters in this book, what I did particularly love is that Aki does her research and looks into safe sex practices for women. And ends up talking very openly about sex.
Kyle in Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall
And finally we have Kyle from Been Here All Along who has the distinction of being the only male bisexual character on this list. I thought this was an utterly sweet story about two neighbours and best friends realising their feelings for each other. It also has a really interesting conversation within the text about if LGBT people owe it to anyone else to come out to them. (spoiler: no) I just find conversations of this sort to be fascinating and I just want more of them. And more bisexual characters. For obvious reasons.
Have you any recommendations for books featuring (preferably main) characters in YA fiction?