Queer YA novels with themes similar to Alice Wu’s already beloved movie: falling in love through letter writing, figuring out your queer identity, keeping secrets, new friendships, small towns, and slowly getting to new your new girl crush.
Alice Wu’s “The Half of It” has been for out less than a week, and it’s already become a classic. We brought together some of Autostraddle’s queer and trans Asian editors and writers — along with some of our writer friends and Generation Q’s Leo Sheng — to talk about the film, Alice Wu, and the current landscape of queer Asian media.
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You’re as epic as the concept of love and as small as the town of Squahamish. You’re as perfect as a movie can be and as messy as a movie should be. To say it simply, I love you.
“Being a closeted teen who wasn’t even aware meant I just listened to melancholy songs and imbued an unrealistic amount of meaning to them.”
Contemporary YA novels don’t necessarily have happy endings so much as hopeful ones, and The Half of It follows this blueprint, delicately treading the fine line between saccharine and heartfelt with skill — and a few good jokes.
Yes, this is a coming-of-age lesbian teen romcom by the director of Saving Face, and, yes, I did cry tears of joy in the first minute of the trailer.