I have read these suggestions in the past 10 years or so. Or they have been published in the past 10 years. Even though many of these books may take place in different parts of the U.S. or during different eras, the themes are still something that many young Latinos can relate to. The struggle to feel connected to your culture, yet at the same time, the struggle to feel like you belong in the United States, this struggle doesn't just fall on the shoulders of young Latinos, but other children of immigrants from different cultural backgrounds. I am just focusing on the LatinX community for Hispanic Heritage Month, which started September 16th and goes until October 15th.
I am going to start this blog a little different. I am going to post some books that have been hanging out in my TBR Pile. I keep hearing good things about them, but I just can't get find the time to read them all.
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez; I have started reading this book, but had to return it before I could finish it. One of reasons I picked this book is because the main character is trying to find the balance of two cultures, being Mexican, but being raised in the United States. And the always impending fights with parents and how a young girl is supposed to act and what she is supposed to do, like have a quinceañera and obeying your parents.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz; I am putting this book on the list for a lot of reasons, but one of them being that Lin-Manuel Miranda is one of the readers for the audiobook!
Gabi, a Girl In Pieces by Isabel Quintero; Gabi chronicles her last year of high school and all extra stuff that her family and friends add to her life.
Burn, Baby, Burn by Meg Medina; Nora wants to turn 18 so she can be on her own. When that happens she will not have to worry about her out of control brother or her father, who has abandoned her family for another family.
As always, I like to recommend the books I have read:
America Vol. 1: The Life and Times of America Chavez by Gabby Rivera; This graphic novel just for all of the representation it just throws at your face. If you want a character that looks like you, then there probably is one in here that looks like you or that you can relate to.
In the Country We Love: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero; This book pulls at the heartstrings a bit, but I know there are teens who are going through some of the same things Diane went through, but she gives you hope that things can turn out to be okay.
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina; Piddy has to avoid Yaqui because Yaqui just doesn't like her. She doesn't like the way she looks, acts or talks. On top of that, Piddy is just trying to do her best in school so she can go to college and make her mom proud.
How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez; How do you keep your identity when you are one of four girls? Or when your life changes because your parents must leave the country?
House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros; This books is full of vignettes of what it's like growing in the Chicago, trying not to make the same mistakes of the girls who are still stuck in the neighborhood, but also finding the right path to leaving the neighborhood and being something bigger than the streets they grew up on.
Here’s a few other authors you can look up (if you haven’t discovered them yet):