Welcome to Diversity Spotlight Thursday! A new meme created by Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks. The minute I read about her idea I knew I needed to participate, it’s a very dynamic and entertaining way to find more diverse reads and it actually may motivate readers to try and discover authors and books of this nature.
Every week we’ll be highlighting three different books: A book you have read, A book on your TBR and A book that’s releasing soon. Here are mine!
A book I have read
YAQUI DELGADO WANTS TO KICK YOUR ASS by Meg Medina | Latina MC, Cultural
One morning before school, some girl tells Piddy Sanchez that Yaqui Delgado hates her and wants to kick her ass. Piddy doesn’t even know who Yaqui is, never mind what she’s done to piss her off. Word is that Yaqui thinks Piddy is stuck-up, shakes her stuff when she walks, and isn’t Latin enough with her white skin, good grades, and no accent. And Yaqui isn’t kidding around, so Piddy better watch her back. At first Piddy is more concerned with trying to find out more about the father she’s never met and how to balance honors courses with her weekend job at the neighborhood hair salon. But as the harassment escalates, avoiding Yaqui and her gang starts to take over Piddy’s life. Is there any way for Piddy to survive without closing herself off or running away? In an all-too-realistic novel, Meg Medina portrays a sympathetic heroine who is forced to decide who she really is.
I read this book a while ago and enjoyed it immensely. I’m Venezuelan and the family dynamics in this is quite different from mine’s, we are all latinos but every single country has their own culture, and I feel like it’s important to mention this because many people seem to think all South American countries are the same. And as you may have guessed from the title this also deals with bullying.
A book on my TBR
CAM GIRL by Leah Raeder now Elliot Wake | LGBT
Vada Bergen is broke, the black sheep of her family, and moving a thousand miles away from home for grad school, but she’s got the two things she loves most: her art and her best friend—and sometimes more—Ellis Carraway. Ellis and Vada have a friendship so consuming it’s hard to tell where one girl ends and the other begins. It’s intense. It’s a little codependent. And nothing can tear them apart.
Until an accident on an icy winter road changes everything.
Vada is left deeply scarred, both emotionally and physically. Her once-promising art career is cut short. And Ellis pulls away, unwilling to talk about that night. Everything Vada loved is gone.
She’s got nothing left to lose.
So when she meets some smooth-talking entrepreneurs who offer to set her up as a cam girl, she can’t say no. All Vada has to do is spend a couple hours each night stripping on webcam, and the “tips” come pouring in.
It’s just a kinky escape from reality until a client gets serious. “Blue” is mysterious, alluring, and more interested in Vada’s life than her body. Online, they chat intimately. Blue helps her heal. And he pays well, but he wants her all to himself. No more cam shows. It’s an easy decision: she’s starting to fall for him. But the steamier it gets, the more she craves the real man behind the keyboard. So Vada pops the question:
Can we meet IRL?
Blue agrees, on one condition. A condition that brings back a ghost from her past. Now Vada must confront the devastating secrets she’s been running from—those of others, and those she’s been keeping from herself…
This has been on my TBR for way too long, to be honest. I remember the day it came out I was about to pick it up but then I didn’t, and so I’ve been putting it off, but I’m 100% sure I’ll be starting it when the time is right, and specially because I’ve been wanting to try Elliot’s writing for some time now and everyone talks amazingly about his work.
A book releasing soon
THE EDUCATION OF MARGOT SANCHEZ by Lilliam Rivera | Cultural
Pretty in Pink comes to the South Bronx in this bold and romantic coming-of-age novel about dysfunctional families, good and bad choices, and finding the courage to question everything you ever thought you wanted—from debut author Lilliam Rivera.
THINGS/PEOPLE MARGOT HATES:
Mami, for destroying my social life
Papi, for allowing Junior to become a Neanderthal
Junior, for becoming a Neanderthal
After “borrowing” her father’s credit card to finance a more stylish wardrobe, Margot
Sanchez suddenly finds herself grounded. And by grounded, she means working as an indentured servant in her family’s struggling grocery store to pay off her debts.
With each order of deli meat she slices, Margot can feel her carefully cultivated prep school reputation slipping through her fingers, and she’s willing to do anything to get out of this punishment. Lie, cheat, and maybe even steal…
Margot’s invitation to the ultimate beach party is within reach and she has no intention of letting her family’s drama or Moises—the admittedly good looking but outspoken boy from the neighborhood—keep her from her goal.
Margot seems like a handful! And I’m not gonna lie, I’m dying to read this, I have an affinity for difficult characters such as her, the premise sounds intriguing and I want to find out how the family aspect fits into all of this.
THE EDUCATION OF MARGOT SANCHEZ releases February 21st 2017 from Simon & Schuster
Have you read some of these books? Let me know what you thought of them in the comments below!
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