Ten Diverse Characters In Books

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten Books That Feature Characters… and the option was down to us! I decided to go for books that featured diverse characters as I’ll all about diverse representation in literature.

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George- Alex Gino

George

This is one of my favourite middle grade reads EVER. I think it’s adorable. The voice is just perfect.

None Of The Above- I.W Gregorio

None of the Above

This was an interesting read for me because the author has experience with intersex as a surgeon.

Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda- Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

One of my favourite books. I couldn’t leave this off the list.

Wonder- R.J. Palacio

Wonder

Another wonderful middle grade read.

Lies We Tell Ourselves- Robin Talley

Lies We Tell Ourselves

I was blown away by this book!

The Hate U Give- Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give

This is getting all the praise right now and rightfully so.

The Art Of Being Normal- Lisa Williamson

The Art of Being Normal

I had heard a lot of wonderful things about this book. It’s a fantastic read.

The Sun Is Also A Star- Nicola Yoon

The Sun Is Also a Star

 

This book was so addictive. It may have instalove in, but I immediately fell in love with it too…

Noughts and Crosses- Malorie Blackman

Noughts & Crosses (Noughts & Crosses, #1)

A wonderful but heartbreaking read.

Bird- Crystal Chan

Bird

I think Bird is such a unique read.

What have you put on your list this week? Feel free to leave me a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

None Of The Above

None of the Above

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

When Kristin Lattimer is voted homecoming queen, it seems like another piece of her ideal life has fallen into place. She’s a champion hurdler with a full scholarship to college and she’s madly in love with her boyfriend. In fact, she’s decided that she’s ready to take things to the next level with him.

But Kristin’s first time isn’t the perfect moment she’s planned—something is very wrong. A visit to the doctor reveals the truth: Kristin is intersex, which means that though she outwardly looks like a girl, she has male chromosomes, not to mention boy “parts.”

Dealing with her body is difficult enough, but when her diagnosis is leaked to the whole school, Kristin’s entire identity is thrown into question. As her world unravels, can she come to terms with her new self?

Thoughts:

I heard about this book in late 2014, and knew that it was a book that I wanted to get my hands on! Since its release I have heard very mixed things about it. I personally thought it was an enjoyable book which dealt with identity and bullying, but the story itself is quite simplistic. Identity is at the heart of this story. It’s not all about the romances.

None Of The Above centres around Kristin, a popular girl with a good group of friends and an amazing boyfriend. Kristin finds out that she is intersex after a painful experience leads her to getting checked out by the doctor. Kristin’s world is completely turned upside down. She has to learn to deal with her body, but her diagnosis is also leaked to the rest of her school, causing much teasing from peers and doubts about who she really is.

I thought Kristin was a good narrator. She was understandably confused and frustrated about her condition. I believe that it was represented very well. Her emotions felt real. I absolutely adored the relationship that Kristin had with her father. Her diagnosis was hard for him too, and she was empathetic about it and wanted to put on a brave face for him.

I think this book is knowledgable about intersex, especially because it is written by a doctor who has regularly treated intersex patients. None Of The Above is a meaningful book and I think an important book to read.  

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

An enjoyable informative read!

This Week In Books #20

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

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The Time in Between: A Memoir of Hunger and Hope The Start of Me and You None of the Above

NOW- The Time In BetweenNancy Tucker– I am thoroughly engrossed by this memoir about a young girl with anorexia. It is SO well written. It’s disturbing, it’s raw and it’s real. I’m putting it down momentarily today to read Goodnight Mr Tom by Michelle Magorian for my kid-lit challenge with Beth, but as soon as I’m back from London later I shall be picking it back up!

THEN- The Start of Me and YouEmery Lord– I would’ve said I just read a lighter read looking at the cover, but one of the great things about Emery Lord’s contemporary books are that they have so much depth than your average contemporary. This book deals with grief and moving on. It’s a beautiful book and has cemented Emery Lord as one of my auto buy authors.

NEXT- None of The AboveI.W Gregorio- Wow, I have a heavy reading week! I have been looking forward to this book for ages though. It’s about a teenager who finds out they are intersex…

What are you reading this week?

Stacking The Shelves #114

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the title to get to the Goodreads page!

Received from Bloomsbury:

Because You'll Never Meet Me

I received this book this morning! I hadn’t heard much about it, but reading the synopsis has very much intrigued me. It looks like it’s going to be a powerful debut!

That Girl From Nowhere

Dorothy Koomson is one of my auto buy authors. I have loved every book that she’s had published. I didn’t even read the synopsis of this book before I pre-ordered it. I’m about halfway through this book right now and I’m very much enjoying it. If you’re looking for good quality adult fiction than I highly recommend Dorothy Koomson!

None of the Above

This book has been on my radar for a few months now. It released this week, so I quickly snapped it up. I’m looking forward to reading it!

A small haul for me this week! What have you added to your shelves? Feel free to leave a link!

Ten Books I Recently Added To My TBR List

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten Books I Recently Added To My TBR list. Most of these books are debuts, which I’m very excited about, but others are books I’ve just heard amazing things about. I’m sure this week will make me add even MORE to my TBR.

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The Fill-In Boyfriend Paperweight

I adore Kasie West’s writing. She’s definitely one of my favourite contemporary writers. I’m looking forward to her next book, The Fill-In Boyfriend which is out in May. Paperweight is a book about mental illness (specifically about eating disorders) I’m intrigued to see how it is represented.

None of the Above The Girl at Midnight (The Girl at Midnight, #1)

I am very interested in None Of The Above which is a book about a teenager who discovers that they were born intersex. I’m all for diversity in my books, so I’m looking forward to seeing how it is explored. I’ve heard good things about The Girl At Midnight too which looks like it could be an exciting read!

Love Fortunes and Other Disasters The Wrong Side of Right

I have to admit, I was drawn to the cover of Love, Fortunes and Other Disasters. It looks like a cute read! I added The Wrong Side of Right recently when I was exploring some books out this year.

Things We Know by Heart Making Pretty

I am very excited about Things We Know By Heart. I really enjoy Jessi Kirby’s writing, so I can’t wait to devour this book! I recently added Making Pretty to my TBR. It looks like a intriguing read.

Life Unaware Vicious

Life Unaware is another recent addition to my TBR. It looks at internet culture. I’ve had to add Vicious to my list because nearly every blogger I follow is raving about this series. I’m too intrigued not to start it!

What have you recently added to your TBR? Have you read any of these books yet? What should I prioritise! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!