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Today’s post is all about Books with Hispanic main characters.
Diversity is something that is lacking in the YA + NA + Fantasy book genres. And when I say lacking, I mean HEAVILY lacking. It’s not something that is easily available when you grab a book from a shelve in a book store or when you peruse online. If you have or have read books with non-white main characters, it’s usually because A: someone recommended it to you or B: you actively searched for it.
Now, I’m not saying that there aren’t authors out there writing about non-white main characters. There are. Which is great on one hand but….Let’s leave that discussion for a different post.
I won’t lie, as a Hispanic woman, there are times that I want to read about someone who’s like me, going off in these grand adventures and living in these exotic worlds. I want to be able to relate even more to the character I’m reading about.
Although I haven’t found my Hispanic main character in a fantasy novel, I was lucky to come across a 3 in NA. The joy I felt in my heart when I read these cannot be compared to much. The characters resonated more with me. I understood their family dynamics wayyyy more because I lived through it! haha.
- Wait for it
- The Wall of Winnipeg and Me
Mariana Zapata is not only the QUEEN of slow burn, but she is also one of the few authors I’ve come across that is writing Hispanic main characters in the NA genre.
Searching for more authors like her proved impossible. I couldn’t find a single N/A author writing about a Hispanic main character. I tried looking for Y/A and had more luck there:
Fantasy/fiction YA Novels with Hispanic leads; Found in DiversityinYa.com:
- The Wrap-up List by Steven Arntson
- The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
- Soul Enchilada by David Macinnis Gill
- Sanctum by Sarah Fine
- The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson
- Luminous by Dawn Metcalf
- Tantalize: Kieren’s Story by Cynthia Leitich Smith, illustrated by Ming Doyle
- The Afterlife by Gary Soto
- Icons by Margaret Stohl
- Rogelia’s House of Magic by Jamie Martinez Wood
YA Romance with Hispanic Characters; Found in bustle.com :
- When the Stars Go Blue by Caridad Ferrer
- The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore
- Accidental Love by Gary Soto
- Labryinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova
- Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
The more I dig, the more I’m sure I will find. I’ve added the books above to my TBR and will keep you guys posted on reviews for them, when I get to them.
Have you read any of the books mentioned? Do you have any recommendations? Let me know in the comments below or link me on your post!