I read less than 10 Adult/New Adult books this year in total. But most of them became new all time favorites!
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang. This book will always have a special place in my heart, because it’s the very first adult romance novel written by an autistic author, and with an autistic main character, that I have ever read. The very first. And it was utterly perfect in every possible way. It’s sweet and sensitive and heartwarming, with the perfect amount of romantic angst, cutesy awkward moments, and a wonderfully portrayed friends-with-benefits scenario in which both of them feel more for the other than they let on. There’s a sequel companion called The Bride Test coming out May this year, this time featuring a male autistic character, and I’m counting down the days till I can read it!
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. This one was recommended to me when I went on Twitter asking people for recommendations of YA/Adult crossovers to read. If you don’t know what a crossover is, it’s a book that’s classified as an ‘adult’ or ‘general fiction’ novel but that contains YA aged main characters and can still appeal to teen/YA audiences. The Song of Achilles is a retelling of The Iliad, told from a queer perspective, and featuring a m/m romance. It’s every bit as tragic and heartbreaking as you’d expect a greek retelling to be, and Madeline Miller’s writing and storytelling brings a fresh perspective to the table. I’ll definitely be reading more of her books.
Radio Silence by Alyssa Cole. Radio Silence is a book I accidentally stumbled across while searching up another book of the same name. And I’m so glad I found it! It’s a diverse romance that takes place in the modern day world, but one in which all electricity, power, running water, etc, is no longer working. It’s a book with virtually no white characters. The main character is black, the love interest is Asian, and her best friend is gay and Asian. It was a quick and fun survival story with a steamy romance and lots of high stakes. I definitely plan on reading the next book in the series!
A Girl Like Her by Talia Hibbert. The second adult romance I read this year written by an autistic author, and containing an autistic main character. In this case, the main character, Ruth, is also black. Which is even rarer to see when it comes to autistic characters in media. That part of the story is Own Voices as well, since Talia Hibbert is a black autistic author. I loved how distinct Ruth’s voice was, how snarky and forthright and honest she was. And the love interest, Evan, was sweet, understanding, and patient, basically everything Ruth needed. I loved them together. Looking forward to reading the other books in this series.