Diversity Spotlight Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by yours truly. 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.
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Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
“Emi is a film buff and a true romantic, but her real-life relationships are a mess. She has desperately gone back to the same girl too many times to mention. But then a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend leads Emi to Ava. Ava is unlike anyone Emi has ever met. She has a tumultuous, not-so-glamorous past, and lives an unconventional life. She’s enigmatic…. She’s beautiful. And she is about to expand Emi’s understanding of family, acceptance, and true romance.”
I haven’t read many LGBTQ books that don’t revolve around a character’s ‘coming out.’ This book is about one girl’s career, and her search for true love without it being about her sexuality- something that I hadn’t come across before. I really enjoyed Everything Leads to You. I’m not the biggest fan of contemporaries, but I loved how light it was without it being gimicky. It touched on important topics without seeming heavy-handed, and I really liked the backdrop of film sets and Los Angeles, in general.
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.”
I own a copy of this book, and I can’t wait to get into it. I haven’t read a book revolving around a transgender character before, and because I know this is an #OwnVoices book, I’m very, very excited to read it.
Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley
“Fifteen-year-old Aki Hunter knows she’s bisexual, but up until now she’s only dated guys—and her best friend, Lori, is the only person she’s out to. When she and Lori set off on a four-week youth-group mission trip in a small Mexican town, it never crosses Aki’s mind that there might be anyone in the group she’d be interested in dating. But that all goes out the window when Aki meets Christa.”
This week’s post seems to be all about “I’ve nevers.” I’ve never read a book centering around a bisexual protagonist, so I’m very interested in reading this. I know Robin Talley’s other book has gotten rave reviews in the past, which also involves LGBTQ elements, so I’m very excited to see what she has in store for me. I still have a long way to go before I can read this, but I have my antennas alert. Also, look how cute the cover is. >.<
This book releases on January 31st 2017.
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