Diverse Books That I’ve Recently Read and Loved
The notion of #WeNeedDiverseBooks has become stronger and stronger over the past couple of years. I’ve seen diversity grow in YA and the need for it increase. And although it’s nowhere near where it needs to be – I can see the community and publishers changing.
I am a massive activist for diverse books, especially books that feature disabilities. At the start of this year, I did a week long feature called Disability Diaries. And I plan to continue to talk about health in YA books. If you haven’t already you can check out my post on living with chronic pain.
But, today it’s about diversity, of all kinds. Here are some of the books that I’ve loved over the past couple of months that have included diversity throughout the novel. I can’t be sure that some of these are bad representations. But from what I know and have research – they are pretty good representations.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas: I don’t think anyone will be surprised that this one is on my list. I adored this book. The Hate U Give is a brilliant and powerful story. It’s heartbreaking, poignant and so so true. It’s a book that everyone should read, and understand | Full Review
Nova by Rebecca Yarros: I love when authors surprise me and this is one of those books. The female protagonist in this book is half Koren from my understand. She was born in Korea and was adopted not long after her birth to an American family. Nevertheless, it wasn’t something that I was expecting and I enjoyed it.
A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom: It explores life, family, and friendships. A poignant novel that explores mental health. And the influence it has on the person, their families and everyone around them. A Tragic Kind of Wonderful is a beautiful story that evokes all types of emotions | Full Review
Him/Us by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy: I know I’ve talked about these two books quite a lot recently. But I was surprised with how much I liked them. One of my favourite things about this series is that it shows two different sides. One protagonist is gay and has been for some time, while the other is finding himself and who he wants to be.
The Secret Science of Magic by Melissa Keil Okay so I read this one last year while I was interning and feel in love. It features a whole range of diversity, included anxiety which I think was explored and represented extremely well | Full Review coming soon
Things I Should Have Known by Claire LaZebnik: Now I am cheating a little here. I didn’t love this book, I liked it a lot. But didn’t love it. However, I thought the representation of autism in this book was so well done. It’s raw, it’s real and it’s beautiful | Full review coming soon
And that is it for this post. These aren’t all the books that I’ve read with diversity, but are a handful that I really enjoyed. Have you read any of these books? Did you like them as much as me? What are some recent books that feature diversity that you have loved? Let’s Chat.