There are plenty of books coming out in 2018, and plenty that have already come out, that tackle the issues surrounding sexuality, gender identity, and more. However, these are the three that we’re most excited about, coming up this spring and summer.
Super Late Bloomer: My Early Days in Transition by Julia Kaye
Based on the popular webcomic Up and Out, Julia Kaye expresses her gender transition of 2016 through artwork and comics instead of through a journal. The comics are relatable and poignant, and will surely resonate with readers as Kaye goes through a variety of issues that come up when transitioning.
Self-acceptance, society, self-love, and joy, Super Late Bloomer works to both educate and inspire, focusing on being your true, authentic self, while facing the unique challenges of transitioning head-on. “Her tenacity in this hopeful story will be resonant for readers going through personal transitions of many kinds,” says Publishers Weekly.
Super Late Bloomer is due out on Kindle and in paperback on May 1st, 2018.
Noteworthy by Riley Redgate
Jordan’s vocal range is too low to get her roles at her performing arts high school, so instead she tries out for an a capella group at her school – an all-boys one. What Jordan doesn’t expect is to fall in love with the experience of being in the group (called the Sharpshooters), for the group to begin to feel like family, or for her worldview to shift as she learns to come to terms with her bisexuality.
As author Riley Redgate’s highly anticipated second novel, Noteworthy promises to tackle a variety of issues, ranging from feminism to intersectionality, from toxic masculinity to gender identity.
Noteworthy is due out May 2nd.
When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri
It’s difficult to find a queer romantic comedy, but here it is – a lesbian romcom by the author of The Assistants, Camille Perri. Katie Daniels is a lawyer in her late twenties, fresh to New York from Kentucky and engaged to a male art curator, Paul. When Paul suddenly dumps her, Katie agrees to have a drink with a promiscuous and powerful woman that she meets at work, Cassidy, and quickly finds her life turned on its head.
The spark and chemistry causes Katie to question everything she thought she knew about herself and her sexuality.
When Katie Met Cassidy is due out on June 19th, 2018.
Though from different genres, all of these books go over something that mainstream media just isn’t offering right now, but is beginning to open up to. Representation is important, and it’s clear that through these three books, LGBT folks of all ages will find themselves and people they know in the characters and in the stories.
Keep an eye out for these to hit shelves coming up this spring and summer of 2018.