The idea behind #OwnVoices is that stories about marginalised people should be written by authors who identify as part of that minority. To read more about the #OwnVoices movement in YA stories, click here.
1. The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
It’s been over a year I think since I read this book and it has stuck with me as a favourite. For a YA book, it’s surprisingly hard-hitting and Angie Thomas is such a great writer. She’s gone on to write a 2nd novel – On The Come Up – which is another great #OwnVoices read.
2. What If It’s Us – Adam Silvera & Becky Albertalli
This is such a beautiful YA story about a M/M relationship – my heart was pulled along by Arthur and Ben as they navigated a new relationship in NYC.
3. Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
This was my first Adichie novel, and I fell in love with it. She writes so beautifully, and I hadn’t been exposed to much Nigerian culture previously so this was a great book to learn from as well.
What diverse books have you read? Any favourites among them?
Until next week,