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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Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
“Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can’t turn off.
Second-guessing every move, thought, and word makes daily life a struggle, and it doesn’t help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. Yet Sam knows she’d be truly crazy to leave the protection of the most popular girls in school. So when Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret, right up there with Sam’s weekly visits to her psychiatrist.
Caroline introduces Sam to Poet’s Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits who have been ignored by the school at large. Sam is drawn to them immediately, especially a guitar-playing guy with a talent for verse, and starts to discover a whole new side of herself. Slowly, she begins to feel more “normal” than she ever has as part of the popular crowd . . . until she finds a new reason to question her sanity and all she holds dear.“
I was looking through all my DST posts, and I realized that I hadn’t yet featured a book with a protagonist who has a mental illness. I’m studying Psychology in school, and I’m very passionate about how mental illness is portrayed in books. I think Stone did a wonderful job of depicting Samantha’s OCD; apart from being a good portrayal, it was a wholesome novel with strong friendships, a cute romance and strong family dynamics.
More Happy than Not by Adam Silvera
“In the months after his father’s suicide, it’s been tough for 16-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again–but he’s still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he’s slowly remembering what that might feel like. But grief and the smile-shaped scar on his wrist prevent him from forgetting completely.
When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Aaron’s crew notices, and they’re not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can’t deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself, despite the tensions their friendship is stirring with his girlfriend and friends. Since Aaron can’t stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is.
Why does happiness have to be so hard?“
Ha, I honestly cannot believe that I still haven’t read this book. I remember I was waiting for the hype to die down when it first came out, but now the hype’s kind of gone and I still haven’t seen anything but glowing reviews. I love Adam Silvera’s personality on social media, and this book sounds profound and heartbreaking, and just something up my ally. Really need to get to it soon!
Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #3) by Jenny Han
“Lara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for. She is head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Peter; her dad’s finally getting remarried to their next door neighbor, Ms. Rothschild; and Margot’s coming home for the summer just in time for the wedding.
But change is looming on the horizon. And while Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy helping plan her father’s wedding, she can’t ignore the big life decisions she has to make. Most pressingly, where she wants to go to college and what that means for her relationship with Peter. She watched her sister Margot go through these growing pains. Now Lara Jean’s the one who’ll be graduating high school and leaving for college and leaving her family—and possibly the boy she loves—behind.
When your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?“
I really loved the first book in this trilogy- the second one not so much, but I liked it enough to want to continue reading. I love Jenny Han’s portrayal of tight-knit families. The protagonist is biracial, and I enjoy seeing Jenny Han’s depictions of Korean culture. A little nervous about what is in store for Lara Jean and Peter, but excited nonetheless. 🙂
This book releases on April 4th 2017.
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