So that’s a pretty long title, but the post will be quick, because I’m sick and need a nap. Yes, I managed to get sick in June, in the middle of summer! I blame it on all the stress of last week and the running around on Friday doing errands for work till 10pm…
Anyway, this week I have for you books (and graphic novels!) with the best trope imaginable, with the one we all love the most, with the one that’s better than all the others… Yes, hate to love!! It’s gonna be awkward if you’re not as obsessed with it as I apparently am…
And since it’s Pride, once again all my recs today are LGBT!!
I know what you’re thinking! Anna, didn’t you just rec this in your previous Tuesday Mood? Well, yes, I did but there are reasons why I’m reccing this again. 1) I really, really love this series & 2) I didn’t mention the last time that the sapphic relationship here is a classic hate to love.
Again, you can read a whole review here.
Whatever.: or how junior year became totally f$@ked by S.J. Goslee
(buy on BookDepo)
This is a fun little book (another proof that lgbt contemporary ya is my favourite genre…) and funnily enough, I read it back in February when I was sick. Anyway, it’s that great type of hate to love where person B/Love Interest is very clearly crushing on person A/Main Character/Narrator but they just can’t see it because they (think they) hate person B. Fun!!
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Knights-Errant by Jennifer Doyle
Graphic novel again, but this time fantasy in a historical setting. The story focuses very heavily on race, religion, gender, and – most importantly – REVENGE. It’s nothing like what you’re expecting, it’s beautiful, and enchanting, and disturbing. And none of the important characters are cishet…
Okay, listen, I’m aware I talk about this book a lot, but I just really enjoyed it & Julian is a very sweet person & I almost feel like it’s my duty to hype it up. ANYWAY! It’s less ‘hate to love’ and more ‘childhood best friends to reluctant acquaintances to friends again to lovers’ but it fits the bill. And Sebastian is my bi disaster of a son, so of course I’m gonna rec this.
I mean, be honest, can you even imagine a better hate to love relationship than Peter Pan and Captain Hook?? A Peter Pan & Captain Hook relationship where Peter isn’t a kid anymore, let me clarify. (And is trans.) The trope is used in such a great way, I really wish more writes were doing it like that…
There are a lot of writes who do hate to love well, but sadly most of them writes only straight relationships, so… Yes, I’m looking at you, Mariana Zapata! Anyway, my point actually is: if you know of any other good LGBT books with this trope, please, PLEASE drop the titles in the comments!!!