Diversity Spotlight Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Aimal @ Bookshelves and Paperbacks. The goal: talk about diverse books! The meme features 3 diverse books—1 diverse book you read and enjoyed, 1 diverse book that you haven’t read yet, and 1 diverse book releasing soon.
I’m gonna be honest here: I have in no way read enough trans lit—especially of the #OwnVoices variety. This is something I’m quickly working to rectify in my life.
Here are a few on my radar:
A Diverse Book I Read & Enjoyed
If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
This is a wonderful #OwnVoices story about a trans girl living in the South. Amanda Hardy just wants to pass as a girl and get out of town, but falling in love complicates things. I appreciate the way this book showed two sides of the coin: Amanda’s ability to be seen as a (quite pretty) girl, and her past struggles with transphobia, violence, and attempting suicide. It’s not a light read, but it contains so much hope at the same time.
You can read my review here.
A Diverse Book on my TBR
Coffee Boy by Austin Chant
I’ve heard really good things about this book, which has a gay trans guy as the main character and a bisexual male love interest—so basically two really underrepresented aspects of the queer community. I’ve also realized recently that I haven’t read that many m/m romances, which is all the more reason I can’t wait to read this one.
A Diverse Book Releasing Soon
Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney C. Stevens (August 29, 2017)
Small town in the south? Check. Genderfluid, “box-defying” main character? Check. Count me in.
Read the synopsis if you don’t believe me.
That’s what I’ve got for this week, but I’d love more recommendations about transgender or non-binary/genderqueer characters—especially in YA. It’s so important for us as bloggers to promote books that represent these experiences, and I’d love to add more to my list. Let’s talk in the comments!