Tag Archive for Realistic Teen Fiction

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#BellLetsTalk Day: Recommended Books on Anxiety

I wanted to write something for #BellLetsTalk Day this year, too. However, instead of sharing a list of additional titles that are good portrayals of a variety of mental illness representations, I thought I would focus on recommended books with anxiety representation. For many people, I think situational anxiety has become more of an issue due to the fears and uncertainty regarding COVID-19. Read more →

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You Have a Match by Emma Lord

While You Have a Match is cute, it wasn’t quite as cute and fluffy as Tweet Cute was. It’s a lot more angsty and drama-filled, which makes sense for the circumstances of the novel, but it definitely wasn’t the kind of book I was expecting because the romance definitely takes a backseat to the family drama. Lord does a good job of exploring the complications and questions that come up from finding full, and presumably half, siblings or other family members via a DNA test. Moreover, it’s a timely book because this kind of thing is happening more and more often as DNA testing becomes ubiquitous in society. Read more →

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This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura

By demonstrating how the various aspects of racism play out at CJ’s school, among her friend (and enemy) group, and in the larger community, Misa Sugiura effectively smashes white supremacy in the world of the book and gives readers hope that their own antiracism efforts could be equally effective in their communities and the world at large. Read more →

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When You Were Everything by Ashley Woodfolk

When You Were Everything by Ashley Woodfolk is about a female friendship that implodes over the course of a few months in devastating ways and for equally devastating reasons, but at the same time, it will bring readers who are, like Cleo, Black, and those who aren’t Black, like me, a lot of joyful friendship and relationship vibes. I mean, I’m not saying that Dom and Cleo are my new OTP, but I’m not not saying that either. There is a lot more that I could say, but I want you to have the chance to experience the amazing joys and lowest lows of this book yourself. So, instead, I’ll just clearly state that it made an impact on me, and if you pick it up, it will make an impact on you, too. Read more →