Diveristy Spotlight Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Aimal of Bookshelves and Paperbacks. Every week, we are to come up with one book in each of three different categories: a diverse book we have read and enjoyed, a diverse book on your TBR, and one that has not yet been released.
A Diverse Book I Enjoyed:
Under Rose Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall
Agoraphobia confines Norah to the house she shares with her mother.
For her, the outside is sky glimpsed through glass, or a gauntlet to run between home and car. But a chance encounter on the doorstep changes everything: Luke, her new neighbour. Norah is determined to be the girl she thinks Luke deserves: a ‘normal’ girl, her skies unfiltered by the lens of mental illness. Instead, her love and bravery opens a window to unexpected truths …
An important and uplifting debut from a British author, which tackles mental health issues such as agoraphobia and OCD. From Goodreads.
I have neither OCD nor agoraphobia, but I do have anxiety. When I read Under Rose Tainted Skies, I had just been diagnosed with anxiety - I was scared; scared what this would mean for my life, scared of panic attacks themselves, and was feeling like I had let my family down - they all have mental illnesses, but I was the well one, I was the one they didn't have to worry about. Then I was diagnosed, and I was adding more worries to their plates. But reading Under Rose Tainted Skies was so helpful to me. I saw a character who experienced some of what I do, and, in all honest, had more difficultly with her mental illness than I do, but this was a book about how you don't have to be defined or limited by your mental illness, by your anxiety, that there's help out there, and with that help, your life can be just as fulfilling as everyone else's. It was such a massive, massive help for me, and I recommend it to everyone. You can read my review here.
A Diverse Book on my TBR:
This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
Rosie and Penn always wanted a daughter. Four sons later, they decide to try one last time - and their beautiful little boy Claude is born. Life continues happily for this big, loving family until the day when Claude says that, when he grows up, he wants to be a girl.
As far as Rosie and Penn are concerned, bright, funny and wonderful Claude can be whoever he or she wants. But as problems begin at school and in the community, the family faces a seemingly impossible dilemma: should Claude change, or should they and Claude try to change the world?
Warm, touching and bittersweet, THIS IS HOW IT ALWAYS IS is a novel about families, love and how we choose to define ourselves. It will make you laugh and cry - and see the world differently. From Goodreads.
I am so looking forward to reading this story. I've read a number of YA novels featuring trans characters, but none, YA or otherwise, that focus on how parents and the family as a whole support - or don't - the trans child (this kind of element is covered in Annabel by Kathleen Winters and Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin, but these books both feature intersex children/teens.) I've heard about schools that have decided to build unisex bathrooms to be more inclusive to trans students, but this led to uproar among the parents of other students. So I'm really looking forward to how this book, these fictional parents, deal with such problems. I am so excited to read it!
A Diverse Book That Is Yet To Be Released:
Always and Forever, Lara Jean 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? From Goodreads.
Aaah, I was absolutely ecstatic when I heard that Jenny Han was writing a third book for what was the To All the Boys I've Loved Before duology! I absolutely love Lara Jean, her family, and the romance in the books. Such a happy, feel good story!
Have you read Under Rose Tainted Skies and/or This Is How It Always Is? What did you think? Do link me to your own Diversity Spotlight Thursday posts! I'd love to check them out!