Saturday, June 10, 2017

Seven must-read YAs featuring PoC teens in love

Sona Charaipotra is a New York City-based writer and editor with more than a decade’s worth of experience in print and online media. At the BN Teen blog she tagged seven "YA must-reads that celebrate a PoC teen (or two!) falling in love," including:
The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas

By all accounts, Starr Carter, the only witness to the headline-grabbing murder of a black teen by a white cop, has a lot going on—not the least of which is her interracial relationship with her very white boyfriend, Chris. As with the rest of the story, Thomas doesn’t hold back here: the couple’s relationship is sweet but fraught, with Starr calling Chris out on his privilege more than once. It’s refreshing to see that explored boldly on the page.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue