I somehow don’t seem to have any time for blogging at the moment, but I’ve been zipping through some great books so far this week and I wanted to at least mention them.
1. Ms. Marvel Vol. 2: Generation Why. KAMALA KHAN! She’s the bestest. And I continue to love the balance of normal teenagerdom with superhero fights with Kamala’s family & culture–all in a way that feels realistic and organic. Plus some really smart stuff about people in their teens & early twenties and the messages they internalize. I can’t wait for the third volume.
2. Born Confused by Tanuja Desai Hidier I loved Dimple and Hidier is an amazing writer. The imagery and language is so beautiful. The characters are really strong too–I loved the way Dimple & Gwyn’s friendship changes throughout the book, and the fact that Dimple’s relationship with her family & Gwyn is almost as important if not just as important as the romance. Really smart stuff about gender and cultural identity and art and growing up.
3. Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia Look, I just loved this trilogy. I’m sad it’s over, even while I know it’s a great place to leave Delphine and Vonetta and Fern. I loved how this delved into the Gaither family history, and how it echoes and ripples down into Delphine & her sisters’ lives. I’m looking forward to reading whatever Williams-Garcia writes next.
4. Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli Super sweet book, about a not-really-out gay boy who gets blackmailed (that doesn’t make it sound cute, but it is!). I loved how even though it’s told in first person and we’re definitely in Simon’s head, we also get a little glimpse into the other characters, so that it never feels like Simon’s view is The Only Right Way. Smart, thoughtful, funny romantic comedy.