Diversity Spotlight Thursday, is a weekly meme, which was created from the lovely Aimal @ Bookshelves and Paperbacks. Each and every week, we share 3 books: one that we’ve read and loved, one that was released that you haven’t yet read, and one that’s not released but you want to read.
A Diverse Book I Have Read & Enjoyed
Noteworthy by Riley Redgate
A cappella just got a makeover.
Jordan Sun is embarking on her junior year at the Kensington-Blaine Boarding School for the Performing Arts, hopeful that this will be her time: the year she finally gets cast in the school musical. But when her low Alto 2 voice gets her shut out for the third straight year—threatening her future at Kensington-Blaine and jeopardizing her college applications—she’s forced to consider nontraditional options.
In Jordan’s case, really nontraditional. A spot has opened up in the Sharpshooters, Kensington’s elite a cappella octet. Worshipped…revered…all male. Desperate to prove herself, Jordan auditions in her most convincing drag, and it turns out that Jordan Sun, Tenor 1, is exactly what the Sharps are looking for.
Our main protagonist Jordan, feels so authentic, yet different then every other “rich” kid that’s on campus. She Chinese America, has a taller height than average, and feels confident. There’s realistic financial problems that she has to face; she came from a poor and underprivileged family, her father is disabled and mother has part-time job, and she’s riding on a full scholarship and doesn’t have the money for plane tickets.
This type of nuanced discussion needs to be happened more and more in YA. Bringing out the shame of relying on government programs to buy food and the inability to pay for college, perhaps help other people. They feel like they’re not alone, they see Jordan that is “other” yet it also seems like the things that she’s going through are realistic. This is reality for many people (like Jordan), and it needs to be more represented in the YA lit. that we are reading. (for the full review-here’s the link on Goodreads)
A Released Diverse Book that I Haven’t Read Yet
Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee
After a shout-out from one of the Internet’s superstar vloggers, Natasha “Tash” Zelenka finds herself and her obscure, amateur web series, Unhappy Families, thrust into the limelight: She’s gone viral.
Her show is a modern adaptation of Anna Karenina—written by Tash’s literary love Count Lev Nikolayevich “Leo” Tolstoy. Tash is a fan of the forty thousand new subscribers, their gushing tweets, and flashy Tumblr GIFs. Not so much the pressure to deliver the best web series ever.
And when Unhappy Families is nominated for a Golden Tuba award, Tash’s cyber-flirtation with Thom Causer, a fellow award nominee, suddenly has the potential to become something IRL—if she can figure out how to tell said crush that she’s romantic asexual.
Any book that represents my asexuality is always high on my list of book that I want to read immediately. This one follows Tash who becomes internet famous and her sexuality is mentioned on page. I’ve heard glowing praises from close friends, and actually have this already downloaded on my phone, so now it’s only a matter of starting.
A Diverse Book that Has Yet to Be Released
Little and Lion by Brandy Colbert
When Suzette comes home to Los Angeles from her boarding school in New England, she isn’t sure if she’ll ever want to go back. L.A. is where her friends and family are (along with her crush, Emil). And her stepbrother, Lionel, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, needs her emotional support.
But as she settles into her old life, Suzette finds herself falling for someone new…the same girl her brother is in love with. When Lionel’s disorder spirals out of control, Suzette is forced to confront her past mistakes and find a way to help her brother before he hurts himself–or worse.
Let me tell you, this is my number one most anticipated release of summer 2017. It features a bisexual Jewish black girl MC Suzette (Little) and her bipolar Lion(el) who fall in love with the same girl, which a very intriguing concept that I’ve never seen before. This sounds like so much fun and it has already has gotten high ratings from trusted reviewers, which makes me even more excited to get my hands on it!
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