Last week (September 19-26) was Bisexual Awareness Week and we are a bit late with this but I wanted to make sure we took part celebrating bisexuality in books. This is especially relevant and important right now, when biphobia reared its ugly head when a prominent magazine for teens and librarians issued a mature content warning in a book review explicitly because of the presence of bisexuality in said book.
Without further ado, here are some of my absolutely favourite – and recent – novels featuring bisexual characters:
Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova - I recently reviewed this book here on Kirkus, and I loved it for its mythology, quest story, and the strong focus on family and identity.
Adaptation and Inheritance by Malinda Lo – a Sci-fi duology about aliens and conspiracies that is both thought-provoking and fun. This one features not only a bi protagonist but also a polyamory relationship.
Superior by Jessica Lack* – a novelette featuring superheroes, supervillains, and a cute romance between two boys: one of them, bi and a superhero’s intern and the other, a supervillain’s apprentice.
A History of Glitter and Blood by Hannah Moskowitz – this is a mindbender of a book, and one of my top 10 reads from last year. It has an unreliable narrator, a narrative that looks at the meaning of “history”, plus romance, found families and friendship and… fairies who get eaten by their enemies, little by little. I can’t describe how amazingly beautiful this book is.
The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow – another favourite read of 2015, this one is another Sci-fi, featuring a dystopian future in which children of monarchs are brought up as hostages away from their families to be used as leverage and as a way to maintain peace… a plan concocted by an Artificial Intelligence named Talis who may or may not be a monster. This is a convincingly terrifying future and it features a group of friends who will fight for change. But probably not in the way you’d expect.
About a Girl by Sarah McCarry – another book about a questing girl, a kind of retelling of The Odyssey but featuring one of McCarry’s incredible female protagonists. Tally, the main character goes through a process of deconstruction, of being lost and found throughout her beautiful journey.
Not Your Sidekick by C. B. Lee – another futuristic, post-cataclysm science fiction, this one features a world of supervillains and superheroes. The main protagonist, Jessica, starts off as a bitter teen (because she has no awesome powers like the rest of her family) and her journey is well worth a read.
Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis – Duyvis’ ambitious debut novel is a portal fantasy with parallels worlds and two protagonists stuck in a less-than-ideal relationship but who have to find a way to interact.
Finally, just a bit of awesome news on a recent development about no other than the fabulous Wonder Woman: it has been announced that Wonder Woman is of course, bi.
*Full disclosure: I am a co-editor/publisher of this story!