Top Three Thursday #5: Diverse Books

Hey everyone! I’m back with another Top Three Thursday and this week I’m going to be putting the spotlight on my three favourite diverse books!


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Frances has always been a study machine with one goal, elite university. Nothing will stand in her way; not friends, not a guilty secret – not even the person she is on the inside.
But when Frances meets Aled, the shy genius behind her favourite podcast, she discovers a new freedom. He unlocks the door to Real Frances and for the first time she experiences true friendship, unafraid to be herself. Then the podcast goes viral and the fragile trust between them is broken.
Caught between who she was and who she longs to be, Frances’ dreams come crashing down. Suffocating with guilt, she knows that she has to confront her past…
She has to confess why Carys disappeared…

Meanwhile at uni, Aled is alone, fighting even darker secrets. It’s only by facing up to your fears that you can overcome them. And it’s only by being your true self that you can find happiness. Frances is going to need every bit of courage she has.

Diversity includes: 3 of the 5 main characters are POC and none of the main characters are straight! Demisexual, bisexual, asexual and gay representation!


THUGSixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.
But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.
 

Diversity includes: 95% of characters in this are POC!


 

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Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny and flirtatious and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back. 

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker Reid. He’s an awkward Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?

Diversity includes: fabulous representation of a fat MC, various ethnicities and riddled with great rep for the LGBTQ community!

 

What are some of your favourite diverse books?

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Review: The Upside of Unrequited, by Becky Albertalli

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Author: Becky Albertalli
Publisher: Penguin
Release Date: 11th April 2017
Genre: YA, Romance, Contemporary
Pages: 336

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love-she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness-except for the part where she is.
Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny, flirtatious, and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker, Reid. He’s an awkward Tolkien superfan, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?

Side note: Coincidentally, I’m listening to Walking on Sunshine while writing this and oh my, it suits the book so much in my opinion ahaha.

So. Upside. Lots of feels, tbh.

I read Simon Vs. a good while ago and loved it. It was just fantastic. And I had high hopes for Upside and omg I was not disappointed. I love Molly Peskin-Suso with everything in me. And Reid. And Cassie. And Mina. And their moms. And their grandma. Even Will!
The characters were just so amazing and riddled with diversity which is something I heavily encourage. Jewish people rep, LGBTQ rep, bodyweight rep, ethnicity rep… everything!! Talk about a groundbreaking novel.

And not only was it amazingly diverse, it was amazingly written. Molly as the narrator has such a strong voice that roots itself into you and you just can’t forget it. She’s such a loveable, funny and relatable character. She really made this book ten times better.


“I don’t entirely understand how anyone gets a boyfriend. Or a girlfriend. It just seems like the most impossible odds. You have to have a crush on the exact right person at the exact right moment. And they have to like you back. A perfect alignment of feelings and circumstances. It’s almost unfathomable that it happens as often as it does.”


But the plot – so fabulous!! I felt for Molly so much with having her sister getting a girlfriend and starting to drift off. My poor baby Molly was worried it would stay like that forever. But the ending was just incredible. I would re-read this book one HUNDRED times because it’s sooooo good.

And it’s totally made me appreciate Mini Eggs a lot more. 5 out of 5 stars because it’s glorious!! I urge you to read it right now ❤. Becky Albertalli will definitely be a featured author in the upcoming #LGBTQMonth !!