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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The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
“What if you aren’t the Chosen One? The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death? What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.
Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life. Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions.“
Patrick Ness is one of my favorite authors of all-time. He writes with such compassion; his novels are thematically brilliant with well fleshed-out characters and a gripping voice. Although this book is not my favorite of his work, I really appreciate its premise. It’s basically a satire of a popular YA trope, and has such a diverse cast of characters. It brings to light the stigmas around mental illness. Our protagonist’s love interest is a girl of color, and our protagonist’s best friend is gay. Patrick Ness is gay himself, and I know he’s very passionate about inclusivity in literature, about trying to make adolescents see themselves in his books. All his books have one ore more aspect of diversity, but I spotlighted this one because the premise is just so darn cool. 🙂
Everyone We’ve Been by Sarah Everett
“Addison Sullivan has been in an accident. In its aftermath, she has memory lapses and starts talking to a boy that no one else can see. It gets so bad that she’s worried she’s going crazy.
Addie takes drastic measures to fill in the blanks and visits a shadowy medical facility that promises to “help with your memory.” But at the clinic, Addie unwittingly discovers it is not her first visit. And when she presses, she finds out that she had certain memories erased. She had a boy erased.
But why? Who was that boy, and what happened that was too devastating to live with? And even if she gets the answers she’s looking for, will she ever be able to feel like a whole person again?“
Dammit, every time I look at that cover, I drool a little. Whoever designed it deserves all the cookies in the world. I’ve recently realized that I enjoy mysteries and thrillers A LOT, and I haven’t read nearly as many as I should have. I’d really love to get my hands on this soon. 🙂
The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich
“There is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets.
Caden is a Nice: The boy next door, sculpted to physical perfection. Dylan is a Bad: The brooding, dark-souled guy, and dangerously handsome. The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. Will she choose a Nice or the Bad?
Both Caden and Dylan are living in the outside world for the first time. They are well-trained and at the top of their games. They have to be – whoever the girl doesn’t choose will die.
What the boys don’t expect are feelings that are outside of their training. Feelings that could kill them both.“
I was just thinking the other day that we have so many love triangles all over the literary world, but I’ve never heard of a love triangle with a same-gender relationship. When I read the premise, I cackled because it goes a step further than that. From what I can tell, it’s about two boys who are ‘competing’ for a girl but end up falling for each other? I mean, that just sounds fucking amazing.
This book releases on May 16th, 2017
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