The Henna Wars

Book Young Adult By Adiba Jaigirdar  Reviewed by Anonymous The following are out of 5 Racial Representation: 5 LGBTQ+ Representation: 5 Disability Representation: 0 Body Size Representation: 3 Gender Representation: 5 Socioeconomic Representation: 0 Mental Health Representation: 3 Religious Representation: 4 Own Voice: Yes The Henna Wars is a really fun enemies to lovers story that centers a gay couple. It’s cute but also exploresContinue reading “The Henna Wars”

Only Mostly Devastated

Book Young Adult By Sophie Gonzales  Reviewed by Valerie The following are out of 5 Racial Representation: 4.5 LGBTQ+ Representation: 5 Disability Representation: 3.5 Body Size Representation: 4 Gender Representation: 4.5 Socioeconomic Representation: 0 Mental Health Representation: 4 Religious Representation: 0 Own Voice: No This is a really cute gay love story about Will and Ollie. Ollie is the main character and Will is theContinue reading “Only Mostly Devastated”

All American Boys

Book Young Adult By Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely  Reviewed by Anonymous The following are out of 5 Racial Representation: 5 LGBTQ+ Representation: 0 Disability Representation: 0 Body Size Representation: 0 Gender Representation: 3 Socioeconomic Representation: 5 Mental Health Representation: 0 Religious Representation: 0 Own Voice: Yes **Contains spoilers** “When sixteen-year-old Rashad is mistakenly accused of stealing, classmate Quinn witnesses his brutal beating at theContinue reading “All American Boys”

The Poet X

Book Young Adult By Elizabeth Acevedo  Reviewed by Sally Webster The following are out of 5 Racial Representation: 5 LGBTQ+ Representation: 3 Disability Representation: 0 Body Size Representation: 5 Gender Representation: 5 Socioeconomic Representation: 5 Mental Health Representation: 0 Religious Representation: 0 Own Voice: Yes A young girl in Harlem discovers slam poetry as a way to understand her mother’s religion and her own relationshipContinue reading “The Poet X”

The End of October

Book By Lawrence Wright  Reviewed by Craig The following are out of 5 Racial Representation: 3 LGBTQ+ Representation: 2 Disability Representation: 4 Body Size Representation: 2 Gender Representation: 4 Socioeconomic Representation: 3 Mental Health Representation: 2 Religious Representation: 5 Own Voice: No **This review contains spoilers** The book describes a terrible virus that appears to start in a camp halfway around the world and althoughContinue reading “The End of October”

OCDaniel

Book By Wesley King   Reviewed by Anonymous The following are out of 5 Racial Representation: 4 LGBTQ+ Representation: 2 Disability Representation: 4 Body Size Representation: 2 Gender Representation: 4 Socioeconomic Representation: 0 Mental Health Representation: 5 Religious Representation: 0 Own Voice: Yes Wesley King writes about a boy named Daniel who struggles in silence with his mental health. King says it is almost autobiographicalContinue reading “OCDaniel”

A Long Walk to Water

Book By Linda Sue Park Reviewed by 6th grade teacher Racial Representation: 5 LGBTQ+ Representation: 0 Disability Representation: 0 Body Size Representation: 0 Gender Representation: 4 Socioeconomic Representation: 5 Mental Health Representation: 0 Religious Representation: 0 Own Voice: Not exactly, the author collaborated with the person who it is about The main story focuses onContinue reading “A Long Walk to Water”

I Believe in a Thing Called Love

Book By Maurene Goo Reviewed by Valerie Racial Representation: 5 LGBTQ+ Representation: 3 Disability Representation: 0 Body Size Representation: 0 Gender Representation: 4 Socioeconomic Representation: 0 Mental Health Representation: 3.5 Religious Representation: 0 Own Voice: Yes Desi Lee is Korean-American and most of the plot is about her using the Korean Dramas she watches toContinue reading “I Believe in a Thing Called Love”

Somewhere Only We Know

Book By Maurene Goo Reviewed by Anonymous Racial Representation: 5 LGBTQ+ Representation: 0 Disability Representation: 0 Body Size Representation: 2 Gender Representation: 4 Socioeconomic Representation: 3 Mental Health Representation: 4 Religious Representation: 0 Own Voice: Yes The two main characters, Jack and Lucky, are Korean but are from LA. The story takes place in HongContinue reading “Somewhere Only We Know”

The Vanishing Half

Book By Brit Bennett Reviewed by Anonymous Racial Representation: 5 LGBTQ+ Representation: 5 Disability Representation: 3 Body Size Representation: 3 Gender Representation: 5 Socioeconomic Representation: 5 Mental Health Representation: 4 Religious Representation: 1 Own Voice: No Brit Bennett delves into various aspects of race and how those aspects have far reaching impacts. She discusses manyContinue reading “The Vanishing Half”