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Review: Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed: 15 Voices from the Latinx Diaspora edited by Saraciea J. Fennell

Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed is unlike anything I’ve ever read. Full of emotions, it’s a collection of essays and poems about experiences of authors from the Latinx Diaspora. I can’t imagine how affirming and satisfying it will be to Latinx teens reading this. Keep reading this book review for my full thoughts.


In Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed, writers from across the Latinx diaspora interrogate the different myths and stereotypes about this rich and diverse community. From immigration to sexuality, music to language, and more, these personal essays and poems are essential additions to the cultural conversation, sure to inspire hope and spark dialogue.


(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed is a collection of essays about being more than stereotypes. It showcases variety, introduces conversations, and features a fantastic list of authors. For you, it may serve as a list of favorites or inspire a TBR. For me, it’s a combination of both with some of my all time favorites like Mark Oshiro as well as newer authors to me. As a whole, Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed is full of heart, vulnerability, and love.

In Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed, what resonated with me is this disconnect between who you are and who you are seen as. I felt it deep in my bones because so much of my own life feels like I’m living as an imposter in my own skin. There’s all these layers of stereotypes and assumptions and part of Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed is deconstructing that space between. It’s an amazing anthology of essays which I know will mean so much for Latinx teens and their struggles to find their feelings of belonging.

Find Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed on Goodreads, Amazon, Indiebound, & The Book Depository.


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