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Diversity Spotlight #4

This is my fourth Diversity Spotlight! This meme is from Bookshelves and Paperbacks and it is designed to highlight a diverse book you have read, as well as promote other diverse books (released and not released)!

A Diverse Book I Read: When the Moon Was Ours by Anne Marie McLemore

When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemoreI FINALLY read this book. And let me tell you, I read it in one setting. This book is for my magical realism lovers out there. I can see how if you did not like magical realism, it would not be for you. But if you do, please pick this up. My full review of this book went live yesterday, so I’ll be brief.

When the moon was ours is about the friendship of Sam and Miel, one that sparks out of Miel’s magical appearance out of a water tower. While they are both young, their friendship is deep and complex built upon secrets and truths not yet discovered. Their town is one full of unusual characters and magical powers. Even though they are considered strange, the Bonner girls are even more unusual, and dangerous. Always used to getting what they want, the Bonners want what Miel has and she is going to have to find her inner strength to protect herself, her family, and her friends.

This story is lyrical, emotional, and overall a fantastic read. Review here.

Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey WhaleyA Book That is Released, But Not Read Yet: Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley

So I got this for my birthday, along with a lot of other books, and I have not read it yet. Every day I look at this pile of books and I am getting through it slowly, I promise! I will read them all by the end of the year, trust me.

According to goodreads: “Sixteen-year-old Solomon is agoraphobic. He hasn’t left the house in three years, which is fine by him. Ambitious Lisa desperately wants to get into the second-best psychology program for college (she’s being realistic). But is ambition alone enough to get her in? Determined to “fix” Sol, Lisa steps into his world, along with her charming boyfriend, Clark, and soon the three form an unexpected bond. But, as Lisa learns more about Sol and he and Clark grow closer and closer, the walls they’ve built around themselves start to collapse and their friendships threaten to do the same.”

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky AlbertalliA Diverse Book Not Yet Released: The Upside of Unrequited

This sounds so good and I may just have to preorder it…The Upside of Unrequited is about: Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess.

From the synopsis, it doesn’t sound like my normal reads, but I have nothing but excellent things!

Let’s discuss: what diverse books do you have your eyes on? Any recommendations?

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4 thoughts on “Diversity Spotlight #4

  1. Such an important topic. My favorite LGBTQ YA-books are: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Saenz; Simon Vs the Homo-Sapiens Agenda by Albertalli; We Are the Ants by Hutchinson; Unbecoming by Downham; and, as you mentioned, when the Moon Was Ours.

    A favorite on the theme of unequal justice in the American Courts for blacks vs white: Black and White by Volponi

    A favorite with Hispanic characters: Girl in Pieces by Quintero

    Cheers! How is my comment-buddy doing today?

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