This week’s edition of “So You Want to Read YA?” comes to us from author Malinda Lo.
Malinda Lo is the author of several young adult novels including most recently the sci-fi thriller Adaptation; the sequel, Inheritance, will be published Sept. 18, 2013. Her first novel, Ash, a retelling of Cinderella with a lesbian twist, was a finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, the Andre Norton Award, and the Lambda Literary Award. She lives in Northern California with her partner and their dog. She can be found online at Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, and her website, www.malindalo.com.
Here are my recommendations for a few different types of readers:
This is probably the question I get the most from readers, which is why I maintain a list of recommended reads featuring lesbian/bisexual/queer female leads on my website. But that list includes both YA and adult. For those who want a YA book, I suggest Emily M. Danforth’s The Miseducation of Cameron Post. This book might have special meaning for adults because it’s set in 1990 and is about coming of age as a lesbian in that specific time period. It’s also multilayered and it brilliantly evokes the experience of living in Montana. And it makes you think: This is YA? Wow, YA.
Kelly Jensen is a former librarian turned editor for Book Riot. She's the author of IT HAPPENS: A Guide to Contemporary Realistic Fiction for the YA Reader and the forthcoming Feminism For The Real World (Algonquin Young Readers, Spring 2017).