If you’ve been on this blog for a while, you know that sapphic girl books are kind of my brand. [And sapphic girl tv shows. Talents Include: listing noncanon ships for 180000 hours.]
And so today I’m going a Top Five Wednesday [Ten, in this case] that a lot of people found difficult because they have apparently never read a book with f/f or seen any show with f/f. If you’re one of those people I hope you use this post as a wake up call.
[I am actually not joking here, if you’ve really never read a sapphic book you should perhaps try to fix that? I have a whole list dispersed through genres and am willing to do specific recs whenever please and thank you]
Here are my top ten book f/f couples!
Ivy and Jane | Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore
- Just… a very sweet relationship? This book is a bit of a genre-bender and switches realms of being, so their relationship changes a lot, but I really liked them. They’re just very cute.
Natalie and Hannah | Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
- The only side relationship on here. Natalie and Hannah have the most romantic fucking relationship I have read about in my entire fucking life. They might be side characters, but they’re both such well-drawn characters and they work so well together and their love changed me as a person and changed my standards for ya book couples. I’m not just saying this because I’m gay and weak, I swear they’re actually a really good couple.
Sophie and Mina | Far From You by Tess Sharpe
- The only relationship here that ends super unhappily. This is essentially two girls who have been best friends for years and have moved into an area of a complex, maybe-romantic relationship, when Mina dies. It’s not a book about Sophie’s angst over Mina’s death. But it is a book about Sophie’s coming into herself and becoming who she wants to be. Their relationship in the past is sad, and tragic, and beautiful, and Sophie’s character arc throughout the book makes it from a softcore tragedy to a masterpiece.
Zara and Eli | Echo After Echo by Amy Rose Capetta
- I’ve been thinking a lot recently about how to make a fast-flowing romance work, and I think this book has given me the solution. You know how you pull off instalove? You establish why these two characters could possibly fall so fast. Here, we explicitly see the loneliness of the romantic leads, how they both want someone in their lives. Instalove isn’t bad because it’s instant – it’s bad because it’s unbelievable. And okay, yes, sometimes instalove is bad because it’s forced, but trust me – this was not forced. LET’S TALK ABOUT THAT STATUE SCENE. LET’S TALK ABOUT THAT LIGHTING SCENE. Zara and Eli have so much chemistry. There are so many tiny moments where you can feel the heart-arresting sensation of first love. The writing is just that vivid. I love these two characters so much.
Elena and Freddie | The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson
- Elena is a fucking master of sassing people, has a tendency to take her friends for granted, and is so utterly lovable and relatable. Her motivation to absolve herself – to feel as if she has done everything she needs to do – is written with so much realism and empathy. Freddie is a depressed cynic and a horrible driver who believes nothing is connected. Her arc involves her struggle with who she was before the shooting – is she different now? Did she deserve to be saved? And they fall in love and it’s amazing. I think I’m just always a sucker for books with good leads.
Grace and Ella | How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake
- Grace and Ella are my kids. They are so cute and adorable and sweet and great!! And I love their pure relationship!! I love my children!! but also – there’s angst between them that isn’t drama.
Ava and Barrie | A&B by J.C. Lillis
- This book has some of the best and funniest banter I’ve read in my whole life. Barrie and Ava had such amazing banter and such beautiful buildup and I was shipping them so hard by the end and their dynamic is just infinitely entertaining and adorable.
Tory and Olivia | Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant
- A romance between an iconically sassy and grieving bi master scientist and an autistic camera operator and they just… fit each other so well? This book is ensemble cast but these are perhaps the two most major characters, and I found their relationship so effortlessly compelling.
Cas and Swift | The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie
- Seriously, I ranked my favorite book couples once, and these assholes came in fourth place out of every book couple ever. The narrative never ignores the power imbalances between Cas and Swift, but builds up their relationship all the same. They slowly transition from enemies, to reluctant friends, to something more. Their banter rocks my world. Truly the enemies-to-friends-to-something more relationship we all deserved.
Evelyn and Celia | The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
- I finished this book last night. I don’t want to talk about it. I would die for Evelyn and Celia.