Welcome to my fourth 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: the immigrant narrative/experience.
A Book I Have Read
Cloudwish by Fiona Wood
“For Vân Uoc Phan, fantasies fall into two categories: nourishing, or pointless. Daydreaming about Billy Gardiner, for example? Pointless. It always left her feeling sick, as though she’d eaten too much sugar.
Vân Uoc doesn’t believe in fairies, zombies, vampires, Father Christmas – or magic wishes. She believes in keeping a low profile: real life will start when school finishes.
But when she attracts the attention of Billy Gardiner, she finds herself in an unwelcome spotlight.
Not even Jane Eyre can help her now.
Wishes were not a thing.
They were not.
Wishes were a thing.
Wishes that came true were sometimes a thing.
Wishes that came true because of magic were not a thing!
I finished this book earlier this month, and I was surprised to find myself really, really enjoying it. The protagonist, Vân Uoc, is Australian-Vietnamese with immigrant parents who escaped on boat from Vietnam. Though a romance at heart, this book explores what it’s like being a ‘second generation’ immigrant (I related to so many elements of this book!), feeling a disconnect in your identity, friendship, family, and high school life. It is fluffy, a little gooey at heart, and a comfie read.
Although the author isn’t Vietnamese herself, I felt that the author showed a great deal of effort and care into portraying the immigrant experience as well as Vân Uoc’s background – Cloudwish, I believe, is an instance in which an author did a good job of portraying something beyond her lived experience.
A Book On My TBR
When Michael Met Mina by Randa Abdel-Fattah
“When Michael meets Mina, they are at a rally for refugees – standing on opposite sides.
Mina fled Afghanistan with her mother via a refugee camp, a leaky boat and a detention centre.
Michael’s parents have founded a new political party called Aussie Values.
They want to stop the boats.
Mina wants to stop the hate.
When Mina wins a scholarship to Michael’s private school, their lives crash together blindingly.“
I feel like the summary above says it all. We live in a time where we need books like When Michael Met Mina.
I found out about this book through Reg’s review, and I knew, instantly, that I had to read it. I also discovered that my local library doesn’t have a copy of this book – which is an injustice?! – so I’ve suggested this book for purchase, and hopefully it’ll be available soon! 😇
A Book That Hasn’t Been Released Yet
American Street by Ibi Zoboi
“On the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle vie—a good life.
But after they leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola’s mother is detained by U.S. immigration, leaving Fabiola to navigate her loud American cousins, Chantal, Donna, and Princess; the grittiness of Detroit’s west side; a new school; and a surprising romance, all on her own.
Just as she finds her footing in this strange new world, a dangerous proposition presents itself, and Fabiola soon realizes that freedom comes at a cost. Trapped at the crossroads of an impossible choice, will she pay the price for the American dream?”
I’ve seen this book around and reading the synopsis, it sounds like my kind of book. Not only is the cover gorgeous, but the premise sounds incredibly compelling and like something I would relate to.
American Street is #ownvoices too, based on the author’s experiences, so another reason to add this to your TBR!
And a wrap for another Diversity Spotlight Thursday! I will be posting my next spotlight on the 12th of January next year! 😊
- Are you interested in reading any of these books? Which one and why?
- Do you know any other books that are about the immigrant experience? Do you have any favourites?
- 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!