This week’s a slow week for young adult releases. It’s also one of the rare weeks that there are fewer contemporary than mystery releases. Even the paperback releases seem to be on the back burner. The good news is that our bookshelves won’t threaten to collapse with the addition of yet another dozen books.
Diversity is so multi-faceted in what it asks of literature and yet it’s only in recent years that it’s been gaining more acceptance. Growing up, I didn’t come across any books featuring multi-racial characters. That lack of representation made people like me invisible to readers. Only in the mid-2000s did such books start to gain traction, alongside books dealing with mental health. Books with LGBTQ themes followed suit beginning 2010s.
Tonight the Streets Are Ours was such a fun read! I enjoyed it tremendously, even though the characters were far from perfect. They each had their flaws and made questionable decisions. I liked that because that’s precisely what made them so relatable. The realism in the book mirrored the craziness of real life and for that I adored it.
Have you seen the new covers of the reprint editions of the Delirium series? They look stunning! I almost wish I had held off on buying the UK editions when I did since I have yet to read those books. Among the new releases I’m looking forward to the summer anthology edited by Stephanie Perkins. I fully expect the audiobook to be great fun to listen to while revelling in the sun.
The Square Root of Summer is such a quirky book. It contains little illustrations and while it starts off like a contemporary read, it plunges into science fiction through time travel. Time travel in this case doesn’t pertain to fantastical notions of visiting another era. Here things are grounded a bit more in physics, incorporating discussions of the space-time continuum, the speed of light and the effect of gravity on one’s ageing process. If there’s one thing to be said, the main character is exceedingly smart and prides herself in her intelligence.