Lunaside by Canadian lesbian J. L. Douglas (also available from Amazon but that first link will earn the author twice the royalties for an identical purchase price) goes on my list of YA novels about girls loving girls that except for some brief background storytelling, isn’t going to put you face to face with your fears about coming out, acceptance, and homophobia/lesbophobia. In other words, the books I wish there had been piles of when I was the main characters’ age. (Edited to add: I thought the book was well-written and polished, by the way.)

Instead, the main conflicts are leading lady Moira’s awkwardness with expressing emotions and affection and Moira’s sudden unwanted attraction to someone other than her girlfriend. Will she choose the pint-sized geeky butch she’s been with for four months or the pale-eyed beauty who shares her own shyness?

While the main characters are all lesbians, the experience of reading books where women love other women is something important to many bi/pan women, too, so I’ll note that 1. this is a bi-safe book with literally no biphobia either from the author or any character and 2. one of Moira’s camp buddies, quickly introduced as asexual, turns out to be biromantic asexual.

There are brief scenes of sensuality but the author focused on emotions during them instead of physical details.

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Shira Glassman is "a bisexual Jewish violinist passionately inspired by German and French opera and Agatha Christie novels. She and her agender same-sex spouse live in north central Florida, where the alligators are mostly harmless because they're too lazy to be bothered."

Bibliography:

  • The Second Mango (2013, Prizm Books) Golden Crown Literary Society finalist for Young Adult
  • Climbing the Date Palm (2014, Prizm Books) - "The Artist and the Devil" (2014, Vitality's free minizine, online only)
  • A Harvest of Ripe Figs (2015, Prizm Books — due out 1/21/2015)
  • Tales from Outer Lands (included free with the Figs paperback, but available as a separate eBook 2/11/2015)

She says "It's worth noting that every single one of those works has at least one bisexual character, and that "The Artist and the Devil" directly confronts and punctures biphobic stereotypes where one of the two short stories in the Tales, "Aviva and the Aliens", stars a bisexual woman rescuing herself and keeping her girlfriend safe, too. I am currently working on book four of the Mangoverse series."