YA Sapphic book recommendations

February is the season of love here at The Feminist Bookshop, as we celebrate LGBT+ history and honour our wonderful friendships on 'Galentines' day.

To mark the close of the season we are thrilled to be hosting an evening of drinks, chats and celebrating sapphic romance with one of our absolute favourites, local author Tanya Byrne on 29th February.

Tickets are free when you purchase a copy of Tanya's new YA sapphic novel In The Shallows which she'll sign for you on the night. Or, you can simply purchase a voucher for the bookshop and choose when you get here!

Find out more here.

In the meantime, we thought we'd share a few of our favourite YA sapphic novel recommendations as a little taster of books you can expect to find in the shop on the night. We look forward to seeing you very soon!

by Salomée Ornetti , February 2024

Girls like girls

Trailblazing pop star, actor and director, Hayley Kiyoko debuts her first novel, a coming-of-age romance based on her breakthrough hit song and viral video, Girls Like Girls. It's not that you're not like other girls. It's just that you've never met a girl like you.

And then. You do. You meet her.

By Kat Dunn

Blumwald is a town overshadowed by an ancient curse: in a sinister castle in the depths of the wild wood lives a monstrous Witch. Once a generation, she comes to claim a companion to return with her - never to be seen again. Now that time is drawing near once more...

A gothic, sapphic and historical tale that you won't forget.

by Gabby Rivera
Juliet Takes a Breath

Juliet's head is spinning with questions. Will her beautiful, chaotic Puerto Rican family still love her when they find out she's gay? Will an internship with her favourite author help her understand what kind of feminist she wants to be? And why won't her girlfriend return her calls?!

In a summer full of queer dance parties, a fling with a motorcycling librarian and intense explorations of sexuality and identity, Juliet's about to learn what it means to really come out - to the world, to her family, to herself.

by Alyson Derrick and Rachael Lippincott
She Gets the Girl

The perfect summer read for fans of Adam Silvera, Casey McQuiston, Becky Albertalli and Alice Oseman's HEARTSTOPPER series!

Friendship or romance...? Follow Molly and Alex's journey to find out.

Queer story written by a queer couple - what else do you need?

BY Adiba Jaigirdar
The Henna Wars

Nishat and Flavia are rivals at school, but Nishat can't help the secret crush burning in her heart - even though her parents disapprove of the fact she likes girls. Can she possibly find her happy ever after? A gorgeous, heart-warming, queer YA love story for fans of Becky Albertalli.

BY Racquel Marie
Ophelia After All

A teen girl navigates friendship drama, the end of high school, and discovering her queerness in Ophelia After All, the hilarious and heartfelt contemporary YA debut by Racquel Marie. Ophelia Rojas knows what she likes: her best friends, Cuban food, rose-gardening, and boys - way too many boys. Her friends and parents make fun of her endless stream of crushes, but Ophelia is a romantic at heart.

By Casey McQuiston
I Kissed Shara Wheeler

A month before graduating from Willowgrove Christian Academy, the principal's perfect daughter, prom queen Shara Wheeler, kisses Chloe Green and vanishes. On a furious hunt for answers, Chloe discovers she's not the only one Shara kissed. There's also Smith, Shara's long-time sweetheart, and Rory, Shara's bad-boy neighbour with a crush.

Fierce, funny, and frank, Casey McQuiston's I Kissed Shara Wheeler is about breaking the rules, getting messy, and finding love in unexpected places.

by Tanya Byrne


Ash Persaud is about to become a reaper in the afterlife, but she is determined to see her first love Poppy Morgan again, the only thing that separates them is death. Car headlights. The last thing Ash hears is the snap of breaking glass as the windscreen hits her and breaks into a million pieces like stars.

But she made it, she's still here. Or is she? This New Year's Eve, Ash gets an invitation from the afterlife she can't decline: to join a clan of fierce girl reapers who take the souls of the city's dead to await their fate. But Ash can't forget her first love, Poppy, and she will do anything to see her again...

Even if it means they only get a few more days together. Dead or alive...

by Lex Croucher
Gwen and Art Are Not In Love

By pretending to fall for each other, their mutual protection will be assured. But how long can they keep up the ruse? With Gwen growing closer to Bridget, and Art becoming unaccountably fond of Gabriel, Gwen's infuriatingly serious, bookish brother, the path to true love is looking far from straight...

by tanya byrne
In the shallows

Join us on Thursday 29th February to celebrate the launch of Tanya Byrne's upcoming novel In the Shallows for our debut Sip n' Sign event.

Click for more information and tickets.

From the acclaimed author of Afterlove comes a beautiful sapphic second-chance love story drenched with longing, loss and mystery.

Mara's ex, Nico, is the girl of her dreams: beautiful, wild and unpredictable. She's Mara's everything, even though Mara's never sure that she's Nico's anything.

Then Nico goes missing ... New Year's Day: A girl is rescued from the sea. She knows she is called Nico, but other than that, she has no memory of why she was in the sea or what came before.

When destiny reunites them, is this Mara and Nico's second chance? Can their relationship make it out of the shallows? And what will happen when they discover the truth behind Nico's accident? Because one day, Nico will remember everything.

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