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It's About to Get Graphic: Based on Your YA Faves, Here Are 5 Graphic Novels to Try

It's never too late to diversify your TBR, but I totally understand it can be daunting to try a new genre when you're completely new to it. So if you're interested in giving comic books / graphic novels a try, here are a few suggestions for good titles to start with, based on your taste in YA novels!

If you love The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde, try The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang


Both books are all about being true to yourself, even when that's a scary, complicated thing. Plus they both contain wonderful friendships, fabulous fashion, and a good ol' smashing of gender stereotypes.

If you love Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller, try Princeless: Raven the Pirate Princess by Jeremy Whitley, illus. by Rosy Higgins and Ted Brandt


Alosa and Raven would definitely get along well. Both are betrayed pirate princesses who command the love and respect of their crews with ease. Raven is still an ongoing series too, so if you love it, you can look forward to more on the way!

If you love Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede, try The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O'Neill


OK yes, I know technically the Enchanted Forest Chronicles are middle-grade and not YA, but I know a lot of us who love YA now got our start with books just like them. The Tea Dragon Society is the cutest, sweetest, wholesomest, most lovely little thing I've read in a long time, and the author describes it perfectly when she calls it "gentle fantasy."

If you love The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, try Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer, illus. by Douglas Holgate


Hopefully if you're a fan of the Lunar Chronicles, you're already aware that Marissa wrote a spin-off graphic novel duology starring Iko, taking place after the events of Winter. If you weren't aware, then consider this your PSA! You haven't read the entire Lunar Chronicles canon if you haven't read Wires and Nerve and its sequel.

If you love The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan, try Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani


These books star young desi women who are struggling to balance their personal and cultural identities, and both go on journeys of self-discovery: Rukhsana is sent to Bangladesh by her traditional Muslim family after she's caught kissing her girlfriend, and Priyanka is magically transported to a dreamlike version of India by a mysterious pashmina she finds in a dusty old suitcase.

Your turn, Swooners! Got any YA/graphic novel suggestions? Sound off in the comments!

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