Diversity Spotlight Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Aimal and its aim is to shed light on diverse literature. Every week, you come up with one book in each of three different categories: A diverse book you have read and enjoyed, a diverse book on your TBR, and one that has not yet been released. You can check out the announcement post for more information.
Title images below were stolen from Aimal’s blog because they are dope.
None Of The Above by I. W. Gregorio
A groundbreaking story about a teenage girl who discovers she was born intersex… and what happens when her secret is revealed to the entire school. Incredibly compelling and sensitively told, None of the Above is a thought-provoking novel that explores what it means to be a boy, a girl, or something in between.
Has anyone else read this?
This was such a surprising read to me. I mean I had expected to like it just based on all of the hype that surrounded the release, but I never thought I would love it as much as I did. I listened to this on an audiobook and the narrator did a brilliant job of representing Kristin’s vulnerabilities and her journey as she navigates high school, friendships and relationships as a newly discovered inter-sex teen. Full of heart and deeply soulful, this is a book I would recommend for its writing and the brilliant portrayal of this subject matter.
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Jerk Bait by Mia Siegert
Even though they’re identical, Tristan isn’t close to his twin Robbie at all—until Robbie tries to kill himself.
Forced to share a room to prevent Robbie from hurting himself, the brothers begin to feel the weight of each other’s lives on the ice, and off. Tristan starts seeing his twin not as a hockey star whose shadow Tristan can’t escape, but a struggling gay teen terrified about coming out in the professional sports world. Robbie’s future in the NHL is plagued by anxiety and the mounting pressure from their dad, coach, and scouts, while Tristan desperately fights to create his own future, not as a hockey player but a musical theatre performer.
This sounds so incredibly sad but potentially uplifting all at the same time. This has definitely had some pretty mixed reviews but I have to say that I can’t pass up a book with a synopsis like this. I love reading about relationships between siblings as I find that dynamic interesting given I am an only child, but throw in some teens struggling with their identity and I’m all in.
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Into White by Randi Pink
LaToya Williams lives in Montgomery, Alabama, and attends a mostly white high school. It seems as if her only friend is her older brother, Alex. Toya doesn’t know where she fits in, but after a run-in with another student, she wonders if life would be different if she were . . . different. And then a higher power answers her prayer: to be “anything but black.” Toya is suddenly white, blond, and popular. Now what?
This synopsis has me so intrigued. I don’t even know what to say. It is so sad to think that there are a number of people of different races who think and feel this way on any given day so I am certainly interested to see how Pink has developed LaToya and the lessons she will learn about herself along the way.
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