Ilse from The Spy with the Red Balloon
If you don’t already have this book preordered, here’s one more reason to do so. Ilse is one of my favorite characters of the year because of how wonderfully her bold and analytic personality shines through the story. She has a f/f romance throughout the course of the book and confirms on page that she likes both boys and girls. In addition to being bisexual, Ilse is also Jewish.
Billie from Dress Codes for Small Towns
This book is a fantastic look at some of the more complicated aspects of figuring out your sexuality and how sexuality can effect your gender expression. Billie is a wonderfully complex character who has feelings for both boys and girls in her close-knit friend group. I loved this book and Billie as a character because, although it talks about crushes a lot, the plot isn’t about romance. The arc of the story is for Billie to learn about herself and her own feelings
Jesper from Six of Crows
Jesper is such an intriguing character throughout the Six of Crows duology. From the first moment he appears and seems to only be a side character until he becomes one of the main protagonists of the series, he is funny, charming, and complex. He has deep and meaningful relationships with his friends, family, and past that really add incredible depth to the books. Jesper has m/m romance throughout the books and in addition to being bisexual, he is also black and neurodivergent.
Magnus, Mark and Helen from The Shadowhunter Chronicles
Magnus Bane has been one of the higher profile bisexual character of YA fiction for a very long time but the newest shadowhunter series, The Dark Artifices, also has two fantastic, bi characters. Mark and Helen Blackthorn are half-faerie, half-shadowhunter siblings and they are both bisexual. Helen is married in a longterm f/f relationship and Mark has been shown in m/m and m/f relationships. I love the contrast between the bisexual characters in the shadowhunters series because they are all so varied in their personalities and relationships.
Estrella from Wild Beauty
Estrella, along with all of the other Nomeolvides Girls in Wild Beauty, is queer and is shown as having attraction to girls. Estrella, however, also develops a f/m relationship throughout the book. I loved the relationship that developed throughout this book and Estrella as a character. She lived in her head a great deal as Anna-Marie’s character tend to do which gave the reader such a strong sense of who she was. In addition to being bisexual, Estrella is also latina.
Rhy from A Darker Shade of Magic
Rhy is one of my favorite fictional characters of all time. I loved him in book one and he only became more developed and important as the series progressed. The initial impression readers get from him is that he’s a bit of a causal playboy. However, throughout the series he is shown as a genuine character who loves deeply, cares strongly and is willing to sacrifice anything for those he cares about. His character is written as someone who is sex positive while still being invested in having a committed relationship. He is shown having attraction to both men and women and he develops a m/m relationship throughout the books. In addition to being bisexual, Rhy is also person of color.
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