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2021 Achillean Books

This is a petty recs post.

Someone on Twitter mocked achillean romance recently and it rubbed me the wrong way.

I’m seeing more marginalized achillean voices in publishing and I think that’s rad! What an exciting time! Why aren’t we celebrating!?

Anyway, here are some 2021 achillean book recs.

Be Dazzled by Ryan La Sala

Be Dazzled by Ryan La Sala: Sometimes a breakup is your chance to break out.

Release date: January 5, 2021

Genre: Contemporary

Age group: Young Adult

Keywords: insecure ex, perfectionist MC, crafting, second chance romance, cosplay competition

Jay’s Gay Agenda by Jason June

Jay's Gay Agenda by Jason June

Release date: June 1, 2021

Genre: Contemporary

Age group: Young Adult

Keywords: Seattle, new kid, to-do list, sex positivity

Yesterday is History by Kosoko Jackson

Yesterday is History by Kosoko Jackson

Release date: April 6, 2021

Genre: Speculative fiction

Age group: Young Adult

Keywords: organ transplant, time travel, love triangle, the ’60s

As Far As You’ll Take Me by Phil Stamper

As Far As You'll Take Me by Phil Stamper

Release date: February 9, 2021

Genre: Contemporary

Age group: Young Adult

Keywords: travel, London, home, family

Between Perfect and Real by Ray Stoeve

Between Perfect and Real by Ray Stoeve: Can Dean go for everything he needs without losing all he has?

Release date: April 27, 2021

Genre: Contemporary

Age group: Young Adult

Keywords: coming out, trans MC, transition, coming-of-age

May the Best Man Win by ZR Ellor

May the Best Man Win by ZR Ellor: To get the crown, they'll have to break some hearts.

Release date: May 18, 2021

Genre: Contemporary

Age group: Young Adult:

Keywords: rivals to lovers, autism, exes, homecoming, trans MC

In Deeper Waters by F. T. Lukens

In Deeper Waters by F. T. Lukens

Release date: April 20, 2021

Genre: Fantasy

Age group: Young Adult

Keywords: pirates, kidnapping, enemies to lovers, magic

The Ghosts We Keep by Mason Deaver

The Ghosts We Keep by Mason Deaver, author of I Wish You All the Best

Release date: June 1, 2021

Genre: Contemporary

Age group: Young Adult

Keywords: grief, siblings, chosen family, nonbinary MC

The Sky Blues by Robbie Couch

The Sky Blues by Robbie Couch

Release date: April 6, 2021

Genre: Contemporary

Age group: Young Adult

Keywords: prom, small town, cyberbullying, sleuthing

The Witch King by H. E. Edgmon

The Witch King by H. E. Edgmon: All hail the king and king

Release date: June 1, 2021

Genre: Fantasy

Age group: Young Adult

Keywords: trans MC, magic, betrothal, fairies, witches

The [Un]Popular Vote by Jasper Sanchez

The (Un)Popular Vote by Jasper Sanchez

Release date: June 1, 2021

Genre: Contemporary

Age group: Young Adult

Keywords: politics, trans MC, the closet, school elections

Meet Cute Diary by Emery Lee

Meet Cute Diary by Emery Lee

Release date: May 4, 2021

Genre: Contemporary

Age group: Young Adult

Keywords: trans MC, fake dating, happily ever after, blogging

The Boy from the Mish by Gary Lonesborough

The Boy From the Mish by Gary Lonesborough

Release date: February 2, 2021

Genre: Contemporary

Age group: Young Adult

Keywords: Australia, indigenous MC, summer love, secrets

The Passing Playbook by Isaac Fitzsimons

The Passing Playbook by Isaac Fitzsimons

Release date: June 1, 2021

Genre: Contemporary

Age group: Young Adult

Keywords: trans MC, bullying, passing, discrimination, coming out

The Darkness Outside Us by Eliot Schrefer

The Darkness Inside Us by Eliot Schrefer

Release date: June 1, 2021

Genre: Science fiction

Age group: Young Adult

Keywords: enemies to lovers, space mission, enemy invasion, survival

Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell

Winter's Orbit by Everina Maxwell: One match can light up an empire.

Release date: February 2, 2021

Genre: Science fiction

Age group: Adult

Keywords: space opera, arranged marriage, murder, war, slow burn

You’re the One That I Want by Simon James Green

You're the One That I Want by Simon James Green

Release date: June 3, 2021

Genre: Contemporary

Age group: Young Adult

Keywords: nice guys, social transformation, Grease, bad boys

My poor wallet has been lightened by book purchases lately – I’m still tempted to buy/preorder some of these.

Then again, there’s always the library!

(Just kidding, my library account was suspended recently. I don’t want to talk about it.)

Let me know which of these books you’re most looking forward to in the comments.

6 thoughts on “2021 Achillean Books”

  1. I’m especially looking forward to ‘The Passing Playbook,’ ‘Between Perfect and Real,’ ‘May the Best Man Win,’ ‘Meet Cute Diary,’ and ‘The [Un]Popular Vote.’ So, almost all the trans-themed ones. 🙂 btw, who in ‘May the Best Man Win’ has autism?

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