As I said yesterday in my LGBT+ April Discussion: Where Are All the Asexual Characters? post, I also want to discuss intersex characters, in YA especially.
On Thursday, I was thinking about the books I'd read with intersex characters, and realised that all the books I know of, published as YA and adult, both those I've read and haven't, could be counted on just two hands (though when I was discussing it on Twitter with Cayce - one of our LGBT+ April hosts from Fighting Dreamer, she had to remind me of a few I had forgotten. D'oh!).
The following are fiction titles I know of that definitely include intersex characters. I did some looking up, but most of the others I found seem to be either non-fic, or I'm not sure enough to include them.
I have read both Annabel by Kathleen Winter (review) and Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin (review), and both were awesome! Annabel is set in a remote, rural part of Canada, where there is a set way of doing things; the men spend a good portion of the year away hunting, the women look after the home. Wayne is intersex, and so his father is constantly aware of anything that he does that is "too feminine". There's a lot more to the book, more about what Wayne decides is right for who he is. It spans Wayne's life from a baby to his 20s, but a good portion of the book concentrates on his teenage years. It's brilliant. A really emotional read, and quite literary, too.
Golden Boy is about teenager Max, and what happens to him, the questions he asks about himself, about his intersexuality, after a terrible incident. I discuss the terrible incident in my review as it happens at the beginning, but if you don't want to it spoilt for you, may look for other reviews. I'd say this was adult cross over, because Max is a teenager throughout - but, like Annabel, it's narrated by various people, including his parents, especially his Mum, so maybe that's why it's published as adult. Golden Boy is absolutely incredible, probably the best book about an intersex character I've read. I've not read Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides, but that's supposed to be really good, too, a modern classic.
I think everyone has heard of Pantomime (review) and Shadowplay (not yet read) by Laura Lam by now. I love how, although Micah's intersexuality plays its part in the book, it's not the only focus of the story. I also love that the series has a fantasy setting, taking LGBTQ novels out of the contemporary, exploring these topics in a different world.
Alex As Well by Alyssa Brugman (review) is a great contemporary story about Alex. I really enjoyed this story, but I have heard from those who have more knowledge than me about LGBTQ diversity in YA have found some problems with it, so you may want to read a few reviews. I, persoanlly, did really love it, though. A lighter story in some respects than others I've read. Confessions of a Teenage Hermaphrodite by Lianne Simon is a self-published YA novel I couldn't finish (DNF review), but another to be aware of.
Sadly, in all stories I've read, there's something about their intersexuality that they are unaware of, that their parents either think would be better they didn't know, or plans for their child that they're keeping from them. Would be awesome, I think, to read a story where the intersex character isn't kept in the dark about something so important about them.
Orlando by Virginia Woolf is a book I've been told is an intersex story, but from what I've read, it sounds more like the character just inhabits different people's bodies, of various genders. It's not something I'm 100% - I think I'd say myself it wasn't about intersexuality, but there may be some similar gender related themes as you may get in stories about intersex and/or transgender characters.
Either way, it's hardly right for this to be the sum total of books around about intersex characters. Do you know of any others?