Welcome to my third Diversity Spotlight Thursday! 💚 This wonderful weekly blog meme was created and is hosted by Aimal at Bookshelves and Paperbacks! For more information about the meme, please read the announcement post here.
My participation in this meme is to help me with one of my reading goals: to read books with a variety of perspectives, especially ones different from my own. Every two weeks I will share with you:
- A diverse book you have read and enjoyed
- A diverse book that has already been released but you have not read
- A diverse book that has not yet been released
This week’s theme for Diversity Spotlight Thursday is: characters with disabilities!
A Book I Have Read
Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom
“Parker Grant doesn’t need 20/20 vision to see right through you. That’s why she created the Rules: Don’t treat her any differently just because she’s blind, and never take advantage. There will be no second chances. Just ask Scott Kilpatrick, the boy who broke her heart.
When Scott suddenly reappears in her life after being gone for years, Parker knows there’s only one way to react—shun him so hard it hurts. She has enough on her mind already, like trying out for the track team (that’s right, her eyes don’t work but her legs still do), doling out tough-love advice to her painfully naive classmates, and giving herself gold stars for every day she hasn’t cried since her dad’s death three months ago. But avoiding her past quickly proves impossible, and the more Parker learns about what really happened—both with Scott, and her dad—the more she starts to question if things are always as they seem. Maybe, just maybe, some Rules are meant to be broken.”
I read this book earlier this year, and I loved it. This book is oft criticized for its unlikable protagonist, but I found myself adoring Parker. She really, really grew on me, especially when I started to understand who she was as a character. She has a will of steel, she can sometimes be defensive and unapologetic in her actions, but her growth in the story was memorable, complex, and a pleasure to read.
Parker is also blind; though that is an important element of the story and it is explored, it isn’t its primary focus. It also explores friendship (bonus: it has one of the most heartwarming female friendships I’ve read!), complicated relationships that don’t always play out the way we think they do, and family. An absolute must-read. ❤
A Book On My TBR
Far From You by Tessa Sharpe
“Nine months. Two weeks. Six days.
That’s how long recovering addict Sophie’s been drug-free. Four months ago her best friend, Mina, died in what everyone believes was a drug deal gone wrong – a deal they think Sophie set up. Only Sophie knows the truth. She and Mina shared a secret, but there was no drug deal. Mina was deliberately murdered.
Forced into rehab for an addiction she’d already beaten, Sophie’s finally out and on the trail of the killer—but can she track them down before they come for her?”
I’ve heard high, high praises for this book, and I can’t wait to read it myself!
I don’t know much about this book – apart from the summary and what I can glean from non-spoiler reviews – but my understanding is that this book features a character with a disability, there is lesbian representation, and the character in this book has chronic pain. (Please correct me if I am wrong!)
A Book That Hasn’t Been Released Yet
You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner
“When Julia finds a slur about her best friend scrawled across the back of the Kingston School for the Deaf, she covers it up with a beautiful (albeit illegal) graffiti mural.
Her supposed best friend snitches, the principal expels her, and her two mothers set Julia up with a one-way ticket to a “mainstream” school in the suburbs, where she’s treated like an outcast as the only deaf student. The last thing she has left is her art, and not even Banksy himself could convince her to give that up.
Out in the ’burbs, Julia paints anywhere she can, eager to claim some turf of her own. But Julia soon learns that she might not be the only vandal in town. Someone is adding to her tags, making them better, showing off—and showing Julia up in the process. She expected her art might get painted over by cops. But she never imagined getting dragged into a full-blown graffiti war.”
I heard the name floating around the Twitter-verse and it seems like it’s on so many people’s list of 2017 anticipated releases! Reading the summary, it sounds like a unique and vibrant story. It’s been likened to More Happy Than Not and Simon Vs. The Homo Sapien Agenda (two books I adore), so I’m definitely excited for this!
In line with this spotlight’s theme, the protagonist is deaf, and the book also explores deaf culture. This is something I’m very interested in, since I intend to learn sign language in the future, so I feel like this book will be a wonderful read!
And that’s another Diversity Spotlight Thursday! I will be posting my next spotlight on the 15th of December!
- Are you interested in reading any of these books? 😊 Which one and why?
- Do you know any other books that have characters with disabilities or explores disabilities? (Me Before You doesn’t count due to its criticisms!)
- Did you participate in Diversity Spotlight Thursday this week? If so, please share your link with me! I’d love to see your three choices!