Hey, everyone! Welcome to Diversity Spotlight Thursday! This is a new meme created by the beautiful Aimal @ bookshelves&paperbacks to shed light on diverse books. This is such a great idea, I couldn’t pass up participating. For more info on the meme, click here!
I’m a bit late to the party, but I couldn’t go without posting for the first week of Diversity Thursday! So here goes…
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.
But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.
Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.
I loved this book! Maddie not only has a severe illness where she can’t leave her house, but she is bi-racial (African American and Chinese). She falls in love with her Caucasian neighbor and regardless of her illness, their love perseveres. It’s such a sad, but moving book with a completely unexpected ending!! I recommend this book to everyone!
Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.
With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.
I can’t wait to read this book! I’ve heard such great things about it and I’ve wanted to delve into more LGBT books, so I’m looking forward to reading this one.
American Street by Ibi Zoboi
On the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle vie—the good life. But after leaving Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola’s mother is detained by U.S. immigration, leaving Fabiola to navigate her loud, American cousins—Chantal, Donna and Princess—the grittiness of Detroit’s west side, a new school, and a surprising romance, all on her own. Just as she finds her footing in this strange new world, a dangerous proposition presents itself, and Fabiola must learn that freedom comes at a cost. Trapped at the crossroads of an impossible choice, will she pay the price for the American dream?
I love books with diverse ethnicity and books about the struggles of adolescence. Fabiola sounds like a character that I’m sure to fall in love with. And I’m anxious to hear her story. This novel is due to be released in February 2017.
Let me know below if you’ve read any of these books, or if you plan to, and how you liked them! See you next Thursday!