When I was growing up, there weren’t a whole lot of books that I could really relate to. As a big reader, I loved getting involved in a new world and learning something interesting about a fictional character — but I could never really see myself in their lives because, let’s face it, most of the books we read as kids contained white characters. Although that’s still somewhat true today, the good news is that there are a lot more diverse books on the bookshelves today.
For all of us who still love to read, finding novels with Latinx characters is easier than ever. And just to get a little taste of what it would have been like if we had these types of books growing up, we’ve compiled a list of young adult books that revolve around Latinx characters and their lives. After all, you don’t have to stop reading YA books just because you’re all grown up. Instead, go back and delve into these powerful stories and relive your childhood — and maybe learn a thing or two in the meantime.
1. I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez
This book has been described as a cross between The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian and Jane the Virgin. But what you really want to know that it is a laugh-out-loud YA story about what happens when you lose a sister and how it can help you find yourself. The stereotypes, pressures and expectations of growing up in a Mexican-American home come alive in Sánchez’s novel.