We’re now at the half-way point of my 2016 Top Ten LGBTQ+ young adult novels!
And of course, the half-way point seems an appropriate moment to include the one book on this list that wasn’t actually published in 2016.
So, coming in at Number 6 is How to Repair a Mechanical Heart by J.C. Lillis!!
Originally published in 2012, I’ve chosen to include this wonderful book on my 2016 list because it was new to me this year. I absolutely loved this book so much, which we’ll discuss more after the blurb:
Eighteen-year-old Castaway Planet fans Brandon and Abel hate bad fan fiction—especially when it pairs their number-one TV crushes of all time, dashing space captain Cadmus and dapper android Sim. As co-runners of the Internet’s third most popular Castaway Planet vlog, they love to spar with the “Cadsim” fangirls who think Cadmus will melt Sim’s mechanical heart by the Season 5 finale. This summer, Brandon and Abel have a mission: hit the road in an RV to follow the traveling Castaway Planet convention, interview the actors and showrunner, and uncover proof that a legit Cadsim romance will NEVER, EVER HAPPEN.
A Brandon and Abel romance: also not happening. Brandon’s sick of his struggle to make “gay and Catholic” compute, so it’s safer to love a TV android. Plus Abel’s got a hot new boyfriend with a phoenix tattoo, and how can Brandon compete with that? But when mysterious messages about them start popping up in the fan community, they make a shocking discovery that slowly forces their real feelings to the surface. Before they get to the last Castaway Planet convention, Brandon’s going to find out the truth: can a mechanical heart be reprogrammed, or will his first shot at love be a full system failure?
Like, okay… this book is just so damn cute. I swear I actually squeeeed a few times when reading it. Brandon and Abel are just so nerdy and adorkable and I live for this shit.
This book was recommended to me because of my intense love for Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. And as anyone who has been on this blog before can likely attest, I really, really love Simon Spier. It also gave me some vibes similar to Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, which is another wonderful favourite of mine.
I devoured How to Repair a Mechanical Heart in a day. I just could not put it down, and that’s part of why it’s included on my list for 2016.
This book manages to tackle some big issues, like religion and sexuality, identity, friendship and love, all the while remaining incredibly laugh-out-loud funny. This is one book that you don’t want to miss!
Check back tomorrow as we begin to countdown the Top 5!