Diversity Spotlight #1 | October 13th, 2016

Diversity Spotlight Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Bookshelves & Paperbacks that highlights the diverse literature in our world! The weekly meme consists of coming up with a book for three different categories: a diverse book that you’ve read and enjoyed, a diverse book that is on your TBR, and a diverse book that has not been released yet.

I’m pretty bad about practicing what I preach most of the time. Meaning that even though I’m always talking about the diversity we need represented in books, I don’t make the effort to actually, you know, read them.

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No, I’m not.

SO hopefully this meme will motivate me to actually be part of the solution, and not just a complainer of the problem!

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I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

If Skylar Evans were a typical Creek View girl, her future would involve a double-wide trailer, a baby on her hip, and the graveyard shift at Taco Bell. But after graduation, the only thing separating Skylar from art school is three months of summer…until Skylar’s mother loses her job, and Skylar realizes her dreams may be slipping out of reach.

Josh had a different escape route: the Marines. But after losing his leg in Afghanistan, he returns home, a shell of the cocksure boy he used to be.

What brings Skylar and Josh together is working at the Paradise—a quirky motel off California’s Highway 99. Despite their differences, their shared isolation turns into an unexpected friendship and, soon, something deeper.

Compelling and ultimately hopeful, this is a powerful examination of love, loss, and resilience. (source).

This book was incredible guys, incredible. Now, I’m a total contemporary junkie, so a book in that genre really has to stand out for me to remember it.

This one definitely did.

Although the book is mostly told in Skylar’s point of view, we do get some “mini-chapters” to hear from Josh. This is the first book that I’ve read focusing on a character with PTSD. It was really interesting to hear how he dealt with it, the things that triggered memories, and the guilt that he felt. His chapters were so simplistic, yet, they really made you think about what it’s like to be a war veteran. The Skylar chapters were also wonderful to read from. I highly recommend picking this book up.

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If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school in Lambertville, Tennessee. Like any other girl, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is keeping a secret. There’s a reason why she transferred schools for her senior year, and why she’s determined not to get too close to anyone.

And then she meets Grant Everett. Grant is unlike anyone she’s ever met—open, honest, kind—and Amanda can’t help but start to let him into her life. As they spend more time together, she finds herself yearning to share with Grant everything about herself…including her past. But she’s terrified that once she tells Grant the truth, he won’t be able to see past it.

Because the secret that Amanda’s been keeping? It’s that she used to be Andrew. (source)

I have never read a book about a transgender character, but the blurb has me very excited. I think that reading from the perspective of a transgender teen is going to be really enlightening and just such a learning experience. Hopefully I’ll get to this one soon!

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When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways. (source)

You had me at Dimple Shah has it all figured out. This sounds like it’s going to be hilarious, eye-opening, and sweet, all at the same time. It’s not being published exactly “soon”, but I still really wanted to mention it in this post. Arranged marriage has always had a negative connotation here in the U.S, but I’m really excited to see what makes people want to do it. There are two sides to every story, and I’m interested to see another perspective on it. This book is being published on May 30th, 2017.

Have you read any of these? Are you excited about them? Do you have any diverse books that you love, and would recommend? Tell me in the comments! 🙂

Stay bookish,

Jordyn

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