Diversity Spotlight Thursday (#5)

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Diversity Spotlight Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by the wonderful Aimal @ Bookshelves and Paperbacks. Every week, you come up with one book in each of three different categories: a diverse book you have read and enjoyed, a diverse book on your TBR, and one that has not yet been released.

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A BOOK I HAVE READ

22521951“The Running Dream” by Wendelin Van Draanen

Jessica thinks her life is over when she loses a leg in a car accident. She’s not comforted by the news that she’ll be able to walk with the help of a prosthetic leg. Who cares about walking when you live to run?

As she struggles to cope with crutches and a first cyborg-like prosthetic, Jessica feels oddly both in the spotlight and invisible. People who don’t know what to say, act like she’s not there. Which she could handle better if she weren’t now keenly aware that she’d done the same thing herself to a girl with CP named Rosa. A girl who is going to tutor her through all the math she’s missed. A girl who sees right into the heart of her.

With the support of family, friends, a coach, and her track teammates, Jessica may actually be able to run again. But that’s not enough for her now. She doesn’t just want to cross finish lines herself—she wants to take Rosa with her.

Goodreads Link

The Running Dream is one of my favorite contemporaries! (It’s been years since I last read it but I’m sure I would still enjoy it now as I did back in middle school). Jessica’s story is inspiring. She gradually gets more accustomed to her situation and it doesn’t stop her from chasing her dream. I think Van Draanen did a great job portraying teens with disabilities. Their disabilities aren’t just there for the “diversity” but they are crucial to the heart of the story itself.

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A BOOK ON MY TBR

22521951“Holding Up the Universe” by Jennifer Niven

Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen”. But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for every possibility life has to offer. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything.

Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.

Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours.

Goodreads Link

I’ve been hearing about this one for the past few days. I’ve read very few books about overweight main characters so I’m looking forward to this one.

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A BOOK RELEASING SOON

22521951“Dead Girls Society” by Michelle Krys

You are cordially invited to participate in a game of thrills and dares. Tell no one, and come alone. If you dare.

Hope is sick of everyone treating her like she’s breakable. Sure, she has cystic fibrosis (basically really bad lungs), but she’s tired of being babied by her mom and her overprotective best friend, Ethan, not to mention worrying about paying for her expensive medication and how she’s going to afford college. And she’s bored with life in her run-down New Orleans suburb.

When an invitation arrives from a mysterious group that calls itself the Society, Hope jumps at the chance for some excitement. This could be her ticket out. All she has to do is complete a few dares and she might win some real money.

But the Society isn’t all it seems . . . and soon Hope finds that playing the game isn’t a choice—it’s a requirement.

Release Date: November 18, 2016 | Goodreads Link

I don’t know too much about this book, only what the description says. I do like the premise of the story. The idea that not even a life threatening illness can prevent Hope to go on an adventure is admirable. I also read a few reviews that said the book has a diverse set of characters.

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3 thoughts on “Diversity Spotlight Thursday (#5)

  1. The Running Dream seems to be one of those books that not many have read, but those that have really seemed to enjoy it. I’ll definitely have to give it a go, especially since I haven’t read very many books revolving around athletes with disabilities. Great list, and thanks for participating. ❤

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    1. The Running Dream deserves some more hype, I think it’s a great read for kids transitioning from middle grade to YA. I think you’ll enjoy it, it’s a motivating book. Thanks for stopping by!

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