Sunday, July 19, 2015

Top 10 Diverse Recs: Young & New Adult

Hey all! Contributing writer, Alex, and I have put together a list of phenomenal books with LGBTQ+ and racially diverse characters/themes. We believe these stories are so important because they do more than just tell a story, they educate us. Below are ten reads you can definitely learn a thing or two from; I know we did. Happy reading!

Black Iris by Leah Raeder | m/f + f/f 

This story is absolutely wild. Dark, gritty, intense, so insanely hot, and filled with crazy plot twists. No barrier is left uncrossed. Read at your own risk (so definitely dive in head first, pretty much).

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon 

Quite possibly the sweetest book I've ever read. The main character, Maddy, is half Japanese, half black, and I adored her. I loved getting inside her wise and clever mind!

Alex's Review | Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Under the Lights by Dahlia Adler | f/f

All kinds of diversity! Exquisite portrayal of the difficulty teenagers (especially in the media spotlight!) face when dealing with their sexuality.

Natasha’s Review | Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

I actually just started this book, and I'm already loving it. It's got a great sci-fi element and a queer Latino lead. I can't wait to see how the diverse themes play out!

Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson | m/m

Exceptionally crafted story that brought me to tears multiple times. Noah’s journey through self-discovery and dealing with his sexuality is masterfully told.

Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee 

This Western's got everything: action, thrills, romance, best friendship, and life lessons. What makes it even more amazing is the diversity of its two leads  Samantha, a Chinese immigrant, and Annamae, a black runaway slave.

Alex's Review | Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

The Good Girls by Teresa Mummert | f/f

This one was a really sweet NA with important messages on hate crimes toward the lgbtq+ community. So happy I read this story! I loved falling in love with Cara and Ellie.

This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz 

This adult fiction read is a little out of place on this list, but it's one of my all-time favorites. This collection of short stories not only explores the harsh realities of love and relationships, but also gives readers a look inside Dominican culture.

Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Trust the Focus by Megan Erickson | m/m

Incredible friends-to-lovers romance on an intensely steamy road trip!!! I loved the dynamic between Jus and Lan. Pretty much loved everything about it.

Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin

I know this book was included in our last list, but it's so dang diverse I had to put it in this one! Max's story of coming to terms with the fact that he's intersex is compelling and heartbreaking. It also features two flawless women of color  Sylvie, Max's love interest, and Archie, Max's doctor.

Natasha's Review | Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Have you read any of these phenomenal & diverse stories yet?  Have any other diverse stories you'd like to recommend? Comment below and let me know!


  1. I haven't read any of these but I would love to check it out. I'm rooting for Black Iris.
    I recommend The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon. I really like the writing style and the story is just so beautiful! <3

    Beatrice @ Confessions of a Pinay Bookaholic

  2. Great list! Everything, Everything and I'll Give You the Sun are on my TBR list!! I also just added Trust the Focus to my TBR list :)

    Patty @ Bookish Wanderlove