YOUNG ADULT DIVERSE BOOKS TO READ
- To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han – Korean American culture is represented in this story of a girl who’s love letters she has wrote get secretly sent out.
- In Real Life by Jessica Love – Korean female protagonist, best friend is Mexican. Hannah, her sister Grace and her best friend road trip to Las Vegas to meet Hannah’s online best friend Nick for the first time. She finds out some secrets Nick has been hiding.
- The Haters by Jesse Andrews – Wes is a Venezuelan adopted MC who is at band camp with his friend Corey. They decide to ditch and go on tour with Ash who they met at camp.
- This is Where It Ends by Marekji Njkamp – This story follows four POV’s of students during a shooting at their high school. Two of the POV’s are students who are Hispanic, three are female and two are lesbians in a same-sex relationship. There is another character who is Muslim but has a non-POV.The author is the founder of DiversifYA and member of the We Need Diverse Books team.
- Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell – This is the story of two misfits who meet on their high school school bus. Park is an Asian male who is skinny and quiet. Eleanor is an oversized girl who lives in an abusive home. Together they come together when bonding over graphic novels and music taste. This story is set in the 80’s.
- Signs Point to Yes by Sandy Hall – Teo Garcia has been sporadically looking to find his biological father because his mother has been brushing it off. Jane is babysitting his sisters for the summer instead of writing her Doctor Who fan-fiction all summer long. Margot is trying to find the right time to tell her parents that she is bisexual.
- Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon – Maddy White is allergic to everything. She writes book reviews and spends most of her time reading or on the Internet when she isn’t playing games with her mother or with her nurse, Clara. Her motives change when she sees a new boy move next door. Maddy is a biracial character. Nicola wrote Maddy’s character thinking of her own daughter, who is biracial as well. If you are interested in reading the interview click here.
- Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins – This is the third and final book in the Anna and the French Kiss collection of books. Isla has a friend, Kurt who is on the Autism spectrum and is said to have Autism. He is a great character and Perkins shows his Autism very well.
- Paper Towns by John Green – Radar and Angela are characters in Paper Towns who are a couple. They represent the diversity in this humorous road trip book. Radar’s family owns the biggest collection of black Santa Clause’s. They are both POC.
- Every Day by David Levithan – “It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day” – Goodreads
These are my top ten diverse Young Adult reads that I would recommend and I probably have more.
Recommend me a diverse book!