2018 has been an amazing year for ace-spectrum characters in young adult fiction. We’ve gotten ace stories in romance, fantasy, sci-fi, historical, mystery, and every genre in between. There has been romantic ace rep, aromantic ace rep, and demisexual rep. We’ve had more stories by ownvoices ace authors than ever before and they are telling stories that are so, so important to ace readers.
Unfortunately, even though asexual representation is getting much more common, it is still sometimes hard to find out which books feature asexual characters. Reviewers often forget to mention ace rep in their reviews and too often these books fly under the radar. To combat this, I’ve complied a list of every ace-spectrum character I could find in 2018 young adult fiction. This includes main characters, love interests, and side characters. I’ve also included links to reviews by ace-spectrum reviewers so that you can read their thoughts about each of these books.
Please be aware that the fact that I included a book in this list does not mean the representation is good. A few of the books have very mixed or negative reviews so I urge you to check those out before you read them yourself if you are worried about poor representation. I included as many links to reviews by ace-spectrum readers as I could find to help you gauge which books are beneficial and which are harmful to ace readers.
Don’t forget to check out the end of the post to enter to win any YA book featuring an asexual character!
Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann
Alice, the main character, is asexual and biromantic.
Read LaRonda’s review, Ben’s review, Dorka’s review, my review, and watch Kav’s video review
Hullmetal Girls by Emily Skrutskie
Aisha, the main character, is asexual and aromantic.
Read Sarah’s review, Ceillie’s review, andLaura’s review
That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger
Lee, the main character, is asexual.
Read Jessie’s review
The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee
Historical Fiction / Companion Novel
Felicity, the main character, is asexual and aromantic.
Read Elise’s review, Crystal’s review, and Harker’s review
Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria
Alys, one of the lead characters, is asexual.
Read Meaghan’s review, Claudie’s Review, and Bee’s Review
The Spy with the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke
Wolf, one of the lead characters, is demisexual and homoromantic.
Read Crystal’s review, Jessie’s review, and my review
Secondhand Origin Stories by Lee Blauersouth
Isaac, one of the lead character, is asexual and heteroromantic.
Read LaRonda’s review and Ceillie’s review
Our Bloody Pearl by D.N. Bryn
Dejean, one of the lead character, is asexual.
Read Emma’s review
New World by Lyssa Chiavari
Science Fiction / Sequel
Isaak, one of the lead characters, is demisexual and Nadin, another lead character, is asexual.
Read Claudie’s review and Sarah’s review of the first book in the series
Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
Katherine, an important side character, is asexual and aromantic.
Read LaRonda’s review and Sarah’s review
Exit Plans for Teenage Freaks by Nathan Burgoine
Alec, the main character’s best friend, is asexual.
Read Alex’s review
The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shuan David Hutchinson
Fadil, the main character’s best friend, is questioning ace-spectrum.
Read Elise’s review andLia’s review
Puddin’ by Julie Murphy
Contemporary / Companion Novel
Amanda, the main character’s best friend, is asexual.
Read Becca’s review and Heather’s review
Black Wings Beating by Alex London
Kylee, one of the lead characters, is often read as asexual and/or aromantic although it is not confirmed in the text.
All Out edited by Saundra Mitchell
Historical Fiction / Anthology
Nilah Magruder’s story “And They Don’t Kiss at the End” features an asexual main character.
Read Kav’s review, Elise’s review, and Heather’s Review
Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston
Ana, the main character, has been confirmed as being on the asexual spectrum by the author even though it is not specified in the text.
Read Jessie’s review, Elise’s review, and Alex’s mini-review
I hope this list helped you find some great reads and awesome representation! I have loved so many of the ace books that came out this year and I can’t wait to catch up on more of these releases. If I missed any asexual YA characters from this year, please let me know here or on twitter! Also, let me know below what your favorite asexual read or character is.
Don’t forget to enter to win your choice of any YA book featuring an ace-spectrum character!
Anyone with a mailing address in a country that is eligible for free shipping from Book Depository is eligible to win. The book chosen must cost $20 or less. Anyone under the age of 18 should have their parents permission to give me their mailing address if they win.