Hi guys! Diversity Spotlight Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Aimal from Bookshelves and Paperbacks. Every week, you choose a book for each of these three categories: a diverse book you’ve read and enjoyed, a diverse book on your tbr, and a diverse book that hasn’t been released yet. This week all my picks are books with a queer POC protagonist.
Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert
When Suzette comes home to Los Angeles from her boarding school in New England, she isn’t sure if she’ll ever want to go back. L.A. is where her friends and family are (along with her crush, Emil). And her stepbrother, Lionel, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, needs her emotional support.
But as she settles into her old life, Suzette finds herself falling for someone new…the same girl her brother is in love with. When Lionel’s disorder spirals out of control, Suzette is forced to confront her past mistakes and find a way to help her brother before he hurts himself – or worse
Little & Lion is the best contemporary I’ve read this year and an instant favorite. I absolutely love the protagonist, Suzette aka. Little, who’s black, Jewish and bisexual; and her family. It’s always such a joy to discover YA books where the relationships the characters have with their family and friends are explored as deeply and with as much nuance as their romantic ones. Though it doesn’t hurt that the romance in this one is really sweet either.
Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann
Alice had her whole summer planned. Non-stop all-you-can-eat buffets while marathoning her favorite TV show, with the smallest dash of adulting – working at the library to pay her share of the rent. The only thing missing from her perfect plan? Her girlfriend (who ended things when Alice confessed she’s asexual).
But then Alice meets Takumi and she can’t stop thinking about him or the rom com-grade romance feels she did not ask for. When her blissful summer takes an unexpected turn, Alice has to decide if she’s willing to risk their friendship for a love that might not be reciprocated or understood.
ASEXUALS ARE QUEER OK. I love seeing ace rep in books and I’m really excited to read this one – I’ve never read a swoony love story with an ace protagonist, so I’m hoping this will give me that. Also, she’s spending the summer working in a library.
All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages by Saundra Mitchell
From a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood set in war-torn 1870s Mexico featuring a transgender soldier, to two girls falling in love while mourning the death of Kurt Cobain, forbidden love in a sixteenth-century Spanish convent or an asexual girl discovering her identity amid the 1970s roller-disco scene, All Out tells a diverse range of stories across cultures, time periods and identities, shedding light on an area of history often ignored or forgotten.
I promise I’m not going to buy this book just so I can read more of Anna Marie McLemore’s writing, cause that would be unreasonable… Right? I’m actually really excited that most of the contributors in this are new names to me – cause my favorite thing about reading anthologies is that they introduce you to new authors whose work you might not have discovered otherwise.
Have you read any of these books? Or do you want to? Are there any other books with queer PoC protagonists you’d recommend I read?