Hello everyone! There are so many books I love and don’t talk about often enough, or just found out about and really want to scream about so what better way to do it then to form a listicle? I hope you’ll pick up these books since they’re all so good and I really really loved them! Plus, all of them are queer and by people of colour in case that motivates you to pick them up!
The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake
I’m sorry, were you not expecting this? This book is everything I love all wrapped into one, There’s dark academia, secret societies, queer and diverse characters, who are so complicated and well written, and academic rivals to lovers! I loved this books so much and I think you’ll all enjoy it too!
Trigger Warnings: psychological trauma, blood, death of a parent, mass-shooting (in a place of religious practices), death of a loved one (off-page), drug use, anxiety, kidnapping, suicide and suicidal thoughts, emotional/mental abuse, manipulation, blood, gambling, cheating, degenerative disease, incest, sacrifice
Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale
This is a book I adore but don’t talk about often enough! The bisexual rep in this book is so good and overall, I love the way the author deals with growing up, how friendships change, dealing with old flames and falling in love with someone new. The romance is also so cute and feel good and I loved it!
Content Warnings: Recreational drug use, alcohol consumption, alcohol abuse (with dubious consent), manipulative friendship.
How To Be Remy Cameron by Julian Winters
I love this book so much! Remy is so unapologetically Black, gay and adopted and I loved reading this book so much! It gave me a lot to think about too as Remy tried to remind himself after being so sure of who he was and how he deals with all the labels that ‘define’ him. It was an emotional and heartfelt book that explored what it meant to be authentic and true to yourselves and is something I think every teen should read.
Content Warnings: mention of recreational drug use, underage drinking, talk of depression and alcoholism.
Miss Metoer by Tehlor Kay Meija and Anna-Marie McLemore
This book was so cute! It talks about standing up for yourself, accepting your identity and just growing overall in a healthy way. I loved how the MCs reconnected and reformed their bond, and the sibling dynamics in this book were so cute too! I love loved the bisexual rep, I think it was done very well.
Trigger Warnings: bullying, racism, queerphobia, lesbophobia, slurs against lesbians (d*ke, l*sbo), transphobia, pansexuality erasure
The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco
I had heard such great things about Bone Witch but it didn’t work for me which was so sad, because it as a great book, just not my type of book, if that makes sense? But I tried out another Chupeco book which turned out to be much more my speed and I really loved it! There’s a world divided, sisters who’ve been separated and a quest to save the world, all with two cute romances, one of which is saphhic, this book has everything and I adore it!
Conent Warning: trauma, grief, death, self-harm, cannibalism
So these were some underrated books I really enjoyed and I hope you do if you pick them up! Have you read any of them? If yes, what did you think? What are some of your underrated books? I’d love to read them!