Recommendations

7 Sapphic Young Adult Book Recommendations

This is part two of my “8 Sapphic Adult Book Recommendations” post.

Sapphic young adult books have been a hit or miss for me and unfortunately, there are many that I’ve read and that I’ve not enjoyed at all—some are even among my most disliked books ever, which just makes me sad. However, here’s a list of some that I thought were somewhere from good to simply spectacular! Once again, I’ve broadly categorised them so it’s easier for you.

Table of contents

Graphic Novels

Cheer Up: Love and Pompoms by Crystal Frasier and Val Wise

This was a really adorable short graphic novel that made me feel all warm inside. I read this as an eARC and it was such a fun time, I won’t stop recommending it. It’s a sapphic romance between two cheerleaders that deals with very serious topics in a feel-good and respectful manner.

If you want to read my full review, click here.

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell

This graphic novel is in a very different vein to Cheer Up! It deals with a toxic sapphic relationship, a topic that I really think is important to talk about more. The art style is absolutely stunning too, which is more than enough reason to give it a try. I believe that this is one that many people will enjoy, despite its subject manner.


Magical Realism

Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

An absolute favourite. I was recommended this by someone on twitter and I thank them to this day. This was a fantastic magical book with a very diverse cast of characters, many of them sapphics. This book totally hooked me and I had a grand time reading it. It’s super atmospheric and the mystery will keep you wanting more.

When We Were Magic by Sarah Gailey

Another magical girls—for lack of a better description—book. This revolves around a group of friends, and it heavily deals with female friendship. Additionally, there is a sapphic romance at the core of the story. A modern-day witches story.


Contemporary

Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins

Another favourite of mine. I went into this with no expectations and I genuinely had the time of my life reading—listening to—it. The humor and banter in this one is what takes it to a whole new level. Sort of a rivals-to-lovers story that is just too good to be true.

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

I read this a very long time ago, 2014 to be exact. Although I don’t remember this all that well, I’m almost sure this is the first sapphic book I ever read, so I had to include it. I remember it being a sweet story of self-discovery that featured many aspects of the film world.


Horror

The Girls Are Never Gone by Sarah Glenn Marsh

Yes, I am talking about this yet again. This was such a fantastic read, a new favourite. The horror was perfectly balanced with the gorgeous depiction of friendship and the sweetest—there’s a pun in here—sapphic romance. Even if horror is not something you usually read, I’d still give this a shot.

For my post on it, go here.

Have you read any of these books? What are some of your favourite sapphic YA books?

14 thoughts on “7 Sapphic Young Adult Book Recommendations

  1. Ooh I’m so happy to see Everything Leads to You on this list! I liked that one quite a bit! While I have read a book or two from both Moira Fowley-Doyle and Sarah Gailey, I haven’t read the specific ones you’ve featured – and I definitely want to!
    My favourite YA sapphic book is probably The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum!
    Great post, Maria!! 😀

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  2. I’m looking forward to reading Cheer Up! Hopefully I can pick it up after I finish my current read!
    Oh yes, Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me is such an amazing graphic novel! It has an important message and the illustrations are gorgeous.
    I added The Girls Are Never Gone to my tbr, it will be a perfect read for October!

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