Representation of the LGBTQ+ community in YA has come a long way since the dark ages. Or since the 2000s, when all we got was J. K. Rowling’s retconning of Dumbledore’s character and a couple of David Levithan’s books hidden away in the teen fiction section of the book store. But sometimes it feels like even when we’re making strides towards better representation of queer individuals, a large part of the community is being left out. Continue reading
For the first seventeen years of my life, the only Jewish rep in books I ever saw were Holocaust books. While I do appreciate the value of such books and I do think it’s an important subject that needs to be written about, it got really frustrating to see the same narrative over and over again. As I am half-Jewish and identify as a cultural Jew, it’s frustrating to see such a complex identity be reduced to simple terms.
When I finally found books that featured Jewish rep and weren’t Holocaust fiction, it was like a breath of fresh air. I still haven’t read that many but with everyone I read, I feel a catharsis that I didn’t even know I needed. So without further ado, here are some books with Jewish rep that I loved and books with Jewish rep that I can’t wait to read. Continue reading
Recently, there have been discussions popping up every now and then about what YA should and shouldn’t be, what it should and shouldn’t have, whether it should have sex, trauma, mental health or any other “heavy” topics, and ironically…most of them have been led by adults, whereas the targeted demography is teenagers. And yes, believe me I do see the second irony here, I am an adult too, so why am I talking about this? I will be speaking from my perspective and experience when I was a teen, which wasn’t that long ago considering that I’m twenty two. Continue reading
A couple weeks ago, I had a short conversation with a mutual on Twitter about Quiet YA, which only reminded me of how much I love the books that fall under that umbrella and how many of my favourite happen to fall underneath it so I started wondering, why do I love Quiet YA so much? But first and foremost, what is Quiet YA?
When Fadwa first posted about wanting to do these guest posts, I jumped at the chance. For a while I’ve wanted to do a post about disability rep in YA books, and how is done well, and how it’s not. But I always worried that my following was too small, or that no one would care about what I had to say. So when I talked to Fadwa about my idea, and she was enthused about it, I felt for once as thought maybe it could matter to people. Continue reading
When most people look at me, they see someone who’s East Asian who likes t-shirts and sweaters; Someone who doesn’t wear makeup and who’s acne never fully went away. And while all those things are true, there’s also a lot you don’t know about me. You might assume I speak a second language fluently because I learned it at home. You may assume I love rice. You might assume my parents’ are East Asian. But you’d be right on only one of those accounts. The only thing true about the three statements above is that I love rice. I do speak a second language, but not because I learned it at home. I studied it in college. And my parents’ aren’t East Asian, in fact, my mom is white and she’s a single-mom. Continue reading
Hello guys !
So today, I’m back again with another collab post where I’m not gonna be talking much for a change but giving the mic to other people who are younger than me but they sure as hell are more awesome and brilliant. When I first joined the community I was 18, an older teen, but still a teen all the same. I didn’t speak up, I didn’t even interact but I was there all the same so I saw things, things that weren’t always pleasant. Now I am 20 year old, barely an adult and see the same pattern still.
So… I’m a Muslim. I know I’ve said it in a couple of posts before but I’ve never really talked about it, and that was a while ago. For the new-comers, hello! I’m Fadwa and I’m a Muslim Moroccan girl – Arab-Amazighi. That being said, I am not writing this whole post just to introduce myself, fret not, it has another purpose, which is clear from the title, I want to talk about Muslim representation in books. Continue reading