ARC Review: The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar

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The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar
Published: Page Street Kids (May 12th 2020)
Genre: young adult; contemporary
Rep: Bengali Muslim lesbian mc, Afro-Brazilian Irish bi li, Bengali side characters, Korean side character
Tw: homophobia, racism, outing, bullying
Rating: 3/5 🍑

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If I was to describe The Henna Wars in one word, I would say “comforting”. It’s comforting in a way that it’s a story about a Bengali Muslim lesbian, very clearly not catered towards white audience. The mc’s culture is a central point of the book, it plays a major role and not once is the girl made to feel as if that shouldn’t be the case. Even when facing racism from her pears, she knows it’s them who should change & adapt. I can’t even imagine what a book like this must mean to South Asian readers.

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ARC Review: Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales

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Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales
Published: Wednesday Books (March 3rd 2020)
Genre: young adult; contemporary, retelling
Rep: gay mc, bi Venezuelan li, bi side character, plus-sized poc side character, poc side characters
Tw: cancer, off-page death, homophobia, biphobia, fatphobia
Rating: 4/5 🍑

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This is a very fun book, largely due to Ollie (the protagonist) who’s simply, in the very wise words of Will, ridiculous. I want to make some things clear, though, before we proceed: this is also a messy book. It’s messy in a way that none of the characters are perfect, and they keep making mistakes, and no one is really 100% in the right. It’s messy in a way that life (especially life of a teenager) is messy and totally not black-and-white. I just know not everyone enjoys stories like that.

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So you’re in the mood for books with lesbian protagonists

I’m a lesbian, I’m in Paris, this is a perfect opportunity for me to talk about books that have lesbian protagonists! Nah, I’m joking, every day is a good opportunity for that…

I mean, as someone who co-runs a blog specifically dedicated to LGBT media… Did y’all expect anything else from me? But yeah, check out Reads Rainbow, if you still haven’t! Charlotte just posted a rec list of novellas!

Today’s list is seven books long again. I was trying to decide which books to rec and which to leave out & then I realised: this is my blog! those are lesbians! Of course I should rec every single one I want to.

Hopefully everyone will find something for themself here, since we have contemporary, fantasy, science-fiction… Even one new adult book! Don’t tell me I’m not great at rec lists.

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Waiting for: February 2019

I’m in Paris (!!!) but that’s no reason for me not to talk about all the amazing books coming out next month! I mean, you can pre-order them no matter where I am…

Some of those titles I already mentioned in my post about January-June 2019 diverse releases, but there is going to be so many more here!! This time I don’t have to choose just two books, to make a list at least a little bit managable…

And keep in mind, not everything I’m excited about is going to be featured on this list – some of those books I talk about over at Reads Rainbow! So check out my February releases list there as well for more LGBT content!!

And now, February books that I’m most excited about! 🍑🍑🍑

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Waiting for: January 2019

It’s the last day of the year! 💫🎇🌈 I have no idea how did the time fly by so fast… I feel like it was summer & our awful Stressful Event at work just yesterday! And yet, here we are, with people already firing off the fireworks. I hope it was a good year for you guys.

Like you probably gathered from my post about January-June 2019 diverse releases, I am very excited about the next year in books! And that means I have way more than 2 books per each month that I want to talk about! And that’s exactly the purpose of this list.

9 books coming out in January 2019 I’m most excited about! 🍑🍑🍑

Can you guess what’s on the list?

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Waiting for: 12 (+12) diverse books of the first half of 2019

Okay, first things first: check out this list of 12 LGBT books coming out in January-June 2019 that Charlotte & I compiled. That’s the reason those 12 books are not on this list: I wanted to showcase even more titles!

20gayteen was wonderful when it came to LGBT rep, but I think we all already noticed that 2019 is shaping up to be as good or maybe even BETTER! Incidentally, all the books I’m gonna talk about today feature either LGBT or POC characters – or both.

The list is only for the first half of the year, because of the very simple reason. Not all books have their release dates set yet & I want to give you all the details possible. But all this means, is that I will be making another list like this in six months.

So let’s get to it then! 12 diverse books of the next 6 months, two for each!

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