Recently, I have been trying to expand my reading. I found some great YA books to add to my library, and I’m here to recommend them to you!
I have occupied my time in quarantine with finding new books that catch my eye. I always loved YA because I grew up with it. I found these three YA books by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) while searching the shelves of Target, and they have really helped me to educate myself. I hope you’ll want to add them to your book collection, too!
Black Enough, Edited by Ibi Zoboi
I am about halfway through this book, and I am thoroughly enjoying it! This book focuses on what it means to be Black in America by sharing stories from teens written by bestselling Black authors. My favorite story so far is “Samson and the Delilah’s” by Tochi Onyebuchi. This story is about a boy, Sobechi, who finds his voice in music. I encourage you to find your favorite story in this YA book!
This book focuses on all the ways BIPOC are “Black Enough.” There shouldn’t be one definition followed to be “Black,” which I recognized in the story “Oreo” by Brandy Colbert. I think this is an essential read for those looking for more information on Black experiences.
Reflection by Elizabeth Lim
Walking down Target’s book aisle, Reflection by Elizabeth Lim immediately caught my attention. Lim is an Asian-American author who writes the Twisted Tales series for Disney. The book is about the what-if scenario of Mulan, as Ping, traveling to the underworld. I have yet to read it since it’s the newest addition to my book library, but I’m very excited to see what Lim wrote!
From the reviews I have read on Goodreads, many fans loved this book the most. Lim did her research before writing this YA series, and it shows. She includes references from earlier moments and has intertwined the stories nicely. I recommend this YA book for anyone looking for a Twisted time.
YA Book #3: The Hate U Give By Angie Thomas
The last book I have is The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. This raw book explains the hardships of being Black. I watched the movie, and I’ve wanted the book ever since. Starr Carter is the protagonist who witnesses her childhood best friend get shot. This event blew up the community. Carter attends a prep school as one of the few BIPOC, and faces many challenges after this incident. I’m really excited to start it after I finish the other two YA books.
The book and movie are thought-provoking works of art. I know the movie made me realize how much racism still occurs in America. It’s a teachable moment for those who don’t have consequences, and I’m glad I realized the power of my voice. I would recommend this YA book for anyone looking to understand everyday hardships BIPOC face, and those who want to speak out against systemic racism.
This is the most excited I’ve been to read YA books in a long time. If you have questions about the books, or any recommendations of your own, let us know in the comments! Happy reading!