I’m currently looking for young adult fiction, middle grade fiction, and graphic novels. I am not a great match for picture books, chapter books, non-fiction, or anthologies. You’ll find a more comprehensive breakdown of my likes and dislikes below.
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Across the Board
I want to see books with an accurate representation of the diverse world in which we live. I have an vested interest in Latinx and LGBTQ+ voices, though I’m determined to champion marginalized voices in all spaces.
Themes of feminism, identity, self-love, coming into your own, overcoming failure, and discovering yourself are of the utmost importance to me. I love a good homecoming or stories of redemption. I love romance, good humor, and squishy feelings. I’m not an unhappy ending kind of gal. Characters who are spunky, passionate, and empathetic are what I live for.
I want to see more ensembles: anything like the chemistry between the characters in Netflix’s “Sense8” or David Arnold’s Kids of Appetite, for example. I love family dynamics, including atypical family structures and found families. I’m chomping at the bit for more all-female casts and emotionally vulnerable male friendships.
I also read a lot of fanfiction, play a lot of Animal Crossing and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, and watch a lot of cartoons / anime in my spare time, if that means anything to you weebs out there. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
Currently, my list trends very contemporary, but I’d love to get more sci-fi / fantasy on there. Below is a compilation of topics I’d love to explore:
- Pirates (sea- & space-faring)
- Demons & possession
- Faeries faeries faeries
- Space, and the many terrors that come with it
- The ocean, and the many terrors that come with it
- Mythological lore and non-Eurocentric inspired fantasies
- Shape-shifting & cloning
- Time travel, alternate universes, & the multi-verse
- Post-apocalyptic situations
- Magical girl / “Power Rangers” inspired
- Ghosts & ghost hunters
- Zombies zombies zombies
I love shenanigans and romance with a juicy hook and strong, voicey characters. Atmospheric books with magical realism are a big draw for me.
I also enjoy pulse-pounding suspense and cult-thrillers and am looking for the perfect horror novel to add to my list. Keep in mind that I do not gravitate toward grim-dark narratives or stories centered around trauma, so all projects in these categories would need to include a healthy dose of levity. I love writing that’s romp-y, fun, and fresh, that can handle heavier topics with a light-hearted touch.
Contemporary romcoms (heavy on the comedy) are generally my wheelhouse. I’d like to see more SFF, but prefer them to be grounded in a modern, contemporary space. I’m currently hoping to find the next Maze Runner (I do not condone the author’s actions in any way, this series is just… the perfect example of this genre for me.)
YA Favorites: The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis, The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera, Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson, Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi, Wilder Girls by Rory Power, Dry by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman, Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion (not YA, still dope)
I prefer my MG how I like my spring break: fun, fast-paced, and full of wild schemes and unpredictable twists. Think a middle grade “The Mummy” (Fraiser, not Cruise), “Indiana Jones”, or “National Treasure”. Convoluted worlds, action, magic, and mayhem are some of the things I live for, along with determined, take-charge characters. Sweet, endearing tweens with top-notch voice are the way to my heart. I’m not the best match for more quiet, introspective works, but have been known to dabble.
MG Favorites: Holes by Louis Sachar, The Lost Property Office by James R. Hannibal, Alan Cole Is Not a Coward by Eric Bell, The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya, The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Perez, Front Desk by Kelly Yang, Lily & Kosmo in Outer Outer Space by Jonathan Ashley, the Nate series by Tim Federle, anything written or produced by Rick Riordan.
I was a very reluctant reader growing up, so I read a lot of manga and traditional American comic books. I’d love to add some kick-butt graphic novels to my list. I’m open to graphic novels across all age ranges and genres. I like to say that you can tell me any story you want as long as I love the illustrations – the art will always come first for me. I love my art to be vibrant, cozy, and visually compelling.
A non-exhaustive list of artists / styles I favor:
- Faith Schaffer
- Chelsey Furedi
- Whitney Gardner
- Rosemary Valero-O’Connell
- Ngozi Ukazu
- Eunnie Boo
- Juliette Cousin
- Arielle Jovellanos
- Gabriel Picolo
- Aliza Layne
- Lauren Buttfield
- See also: this Twitter list
GN / Manga / Traditional Favorites: Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki / illustrated by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell, Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa, Check, Please! by Ngozi Ukazu, Bloom by Kevin Panetta / illustrated by Savanna Ganucheau, The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal by E.K. Weaver (NSFW), Snapdragon by Kat Leyh, Beetle and the Hollowbones by Aliza Layne, The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang, Fake Blood by Whitney Gardner.
Very Specific Things I’d Love to See
- A story about a Latinx who has to choose between a quinceñera and a Sweet Sixteen
- Rom-coms featuring visible bisexuality and queer POC
- Male protagonists that express vulnerability and an aversion to classic toxic masculinity
- THE AREA 51 RAID!!!!! (I’m serious!!!!!)
- Supernatural elements played out as everyday occurrences (re: “yeah, we got mermaids”)
- Road trip novels / travel-based books
- Strong sibling relationships
- Stories about overcoming or conquering death (either literally or figuratively) see also: subversive death representation
- Stories about overcoming grief
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I Am Not a Good Match For
I am primarily looking for commercial fiction, so more literary projects aren’t really for me. I am not a good match for issue books; I want my stories to be socially aware and to feature diverse characters, but I don’t want that to be the crux of the narrative. I am also not a good match for drug / addiction narratives, stories based around suicide, or books that prominently feature rape or sexual assault. If you feel inclined to put a trigger warning on it, it’s probably not for me, but don’t be afraid to clarify!
I am not a good match for quieter, softer middle grade. I don’t prefer overly sweet or saccharine narratives. I’m also not a good match for slapstick toilet humor.
Other things I am not a good match for:
- Sports fiction
- Historical fiction
- Historical nonfiction
- Poetry or novels in verse
- Stories where the dog dies
- Stories with animal protagonists
- High-fantasy epics