Tag Archive for YA Book Reviews

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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 →

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You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

If you’re looking for a book that resists the status quo, but nevertheless, offers it’s Black, queer, and anxious main character a chance at a real happily ever after, then you have to pick up You Should See Me in a Crown! Don’t believe me: it was recently selected as the first YA pick for Reese’s Book Club, and the guest editor who will talk with Leah Johnson live on the book club Instagram account will be none other than Lexi Underwood, the young, Black actress who played Pearl Warren on the tv show Little Fires Everywhere, which I loved! Check it out on Hulu in the US or Amazon Prime in Canada. Read more →

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Displacement by Kiku Hughes

Displacement is a graphic novel that you will breeze though, but the story inside will wrap itself around you and never let you go. It had me teary-eyed at several points while I was reading it, and kept me thinking about the real and fictional characters depicted within it for several days after I’d finished. However, it also filled me with hope. Read more →