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Young Adult genre hits differently unlike any other. It is more impactful if written by Black authors.
Here’s a must-read list of YA Books to add to your TBR. May the second half of 2020 be in your favor!
The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi
The book follows the life of Vivek. He is falling into the abyss due to an unnamed difficulty. His world is surrounded by Osita, his cousin, and his family. All was good when one day the mother finds her son wrapped in a piece of fabric at the door.
Now that I’ve found you by Kristina Forest
Evie’s Hollywood dreams are about to shatter. She has to convince her veteran actress-grandma, Gigi, to make a reappearance to the world with her. When the day comes close, Gigi disappears. Will Evie make a comeback by finding her grandma?
The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed
Ashley’s senior year will be ending soon. Just when she’s waiting for the summer to roll in, riots break in LA. Suddenly, it’s all about black and white in a colorful world.
Charming as a Verb by Ben Philippe
Henri, a handsome Haitian, can just charm anyone. But not Corrine Troy, his classmate. The usual dog-walking chore brings them together. What starts as a side hustle ends up unique and much more than they asked for.
Legendborn by Tracy Deonn
Bree Matthew’s new escape is Chapel Hill, a residential school. One day, she finds out the mysterious society of Legendborn that hunts evil creatures. When her magical powers start to resurface, Bree has to uncover several truths.
Grown by Tiffany Johnson
Enchanted’s stardom dreams turn futile when she wakes up with blood on her hands. She has no idea how it happened, but only that Korey has a dark side. How will Enchanted get her name clear?
Butter Honey Pig Bread by Francesca Ekwuyasi
The book revolves around three Nigerian women. Life becomes absconded when they finally meet in Lagos after years of separation. Each one has a new past to speak out and an unexpected future to live.
Memorial by Bryan Washington
Mike and Benson were a happy couple until their past starts to arrive back. Mike says goodbye and goes to know his exact past. Benson and Mike’s mother live as free-spirited roommates. What follows is a story that’s told in the most unique way possible.
Daughters of Jubilation by Kara Corthron
Evalene, a black girl, suddenly receives magical abilities. Her family tells her that it’s a gift passed down by generations since the Blacks were slaves. What forms the crux of her life is an otherworldly lineage that’s waiting for her.