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Parachutes by Kelly Yang

If you’re interested in how the #MeToo movement intersects with anti-Asian racism, then not reading Yang’s Parachutes would be a big mistake. While it came out last year, it is, nevertheless, a timely novel that speaks to the way that young Asian women, both American born and those teens who are parachuted into the US from other countries by their wealthy parents or on scholarship, are in many ways alone, easily manipulated, and preyed upon by teen boys and their male authority figures. Not only are teens vulnerable to sexual harassment, assault, and rape, but also this novel shows the ways that educational institutions are complicit in the harm done to girls like Dani and Claire because they fail to properly prosecute the perpetrators and, in fact, retraumatize the survivors. Based on the author’s own experience about having her own sexual assault at Harvard Law School, this novel rings true. Read more →

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Cool for the Summer by Dahlia Adler

Ever since I first heard about Cool for the Summer, I knew I had to read it. From the gorgeous, illustrated cover that highlights Lara’s dual obsessions with Chase and Jasmine to the fact that it’s the latest book from the founder of LGBTQ Reads, it became one of—if not the—most anticipated book of the year. And for me, it definitely lived up to my expectations for a cute, romantic, summery rom-com with a Bi+ love triangle, though through it all, I was definitely rooting for one of the love interests over the other. Read more →

The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

I actually cried while listening to the final chapter in this book because of the voice of one of these super minor characters who packed a huge emotional punch. It’s an important reminder of how a small thing, like a smile or a thank you, can make a life or death difference to someone else. It can make people feel seen, and if they feel seen, then maybe they’ll realize there is something worth fighting for when all their hope is lost. Read more →

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Bingo Love by Tee Franklin, Jenn St-Onge, and Joy San

As a graphic novel for teens, these characters will give LGBTQ2SIA+ youth an example of characters who are able to live their full, authentic selves. It will show them that whether they’re ready to come out now or not for many years, it’s possible to live the life they want or change careers no matter what their age is. And most importantly, it will show them that while there may be some traumatizing moments in life, it’s possible to have a beautiful, full life as well. Read more →


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