The Latina Book Club’s PICK FIVE for this week are all young adult novels
about family, friendship, romance, and being true to yourself no matter what.
Happy Reading. And as always, #ReadLatinoLit.
By Natalia Sylvester
When fifteen-year-old Cuban American Mariana Ruiz’s father runs for president, Mari starts to see him with new eyes. A novel about waking up and standing up, and what happens when you stop seeing your dad as your hero—while the whole country is watching.
BECAUSE OF THE SUN
By Jenny Torres Sanchez
From the backyards of suburban Florida to the parched desert of New Mexico, Because of the Sun explores the complexity of family, the saving grace of friendship, and the healing that can begin when the truth is brought to light.
THE LIBRARY OF LOST THINGS
By Laura Taylor Namey
From the moment she first learned to read, literary genius Darcy Wells has spent most of her time living in the worlds of her books. There, she can avoid the crushing reality of her mother’s hoarding and pretend her life is simply ordinary. But then Asher Fleet, a former teen pilot with an unexpectedly shattered future, walks into the bookstore where she works…and straight into her heart.
By Juliana Delgado Lopera
Uprooted from her comfortable life in Bogotá, Colombia, into an ant-infested Miami townhouse, fifteen-year-old Francisca is miserable and friendless in her strange new city. Her alienation grows when her mother is swept up into an evangelical church, replete with Christian salsa, abstinent young dancers, and baptisms for the dead.
THIS TRAIN IS BEING HELD
By Ismèe Williams
Alex is a baseball player. A great one. His papi is pushing him to go pro, but Alex maybe wants to be a poet. Isa is a dancer. She'd love to go pro, if only her Havana-born mom weren't dead set against it...just like she's dead set against her daughter falling for a Latino. Fate—and the New York City subway—bring Alex and Isa together. Is it enough to keep them together when they need each other most?