I can’t believe today is already the last day of Pride month. I went to my first Pride parade ever and had a great time. I was very overwhelmed by the reality of it and I got emotional at how everyone was allowed to be themselves and proud of who they are. I know it was a privilege to be able to go and that there was even a parade and I don’t take it for granted. It made me grateful for the growing visibility of books written by queer others or featuring queer characters, that are as important as ever. So, without further ado, here are some of my favourite books with transgender representation where the characters also happen to be people of color.
I think Cemetery Boys is one of the first books with a trans character and also a trans author that I have ever read. I instantly fell in love with Yadriel and his chaotic ghost, the themes of belonging, loss and family and the healthy dose of culture and tradition present in the book.This was both a love letter to queer teenagers as well as Latinx culture. The story had so many different layers which made it as enjoyable as it was. It was action-packed, had solid plot and tackled important topics. I will always recommend it. This book wonderfully alternated between fun, sad, and emotional moments and it had a healthy dose of everything. I also would like to say that I get spooked very easily and that based on the synopsis I wouldn’t have gravitated towards this story but the author wrote this book wonderfully and I am so happy I gave it a chance. I cannot recommend this enough.
From my rating system you should know that Persephone is my favourite goddess from Greek mythology and that I am on an eternal quest of finding the perfect Hades and Persephone retelling which stays true to the essence of the myth while adding an original interpretation. Drag Me Up does a wonderful job of showing the chemistry between the pair in a very modern, unique setting. It also brings on the heat (this was super steamy!!) while still remaining cute and fluffy. If you want to read a more diverse and original retelling, this is definitely for you!
I have been fortunate enough to be on a blog tour for this book where I actually interviewed the author on my page. This was book the pinnacle of Black girl magic in an honest, futuristic and engaging way. I adored the main character, her challenges and her meddling family. This book was so innovative and added a unique take on witches and their practice. I really enjoyed this book and the ending made me count the days until the release of the second book, I cannot wait. I highly recommend if you like YA books about witches who have to complete a task in order to gain their powers and who find themselves along the way. See my full review here.
This book feels like a punch to the gut and I mean it in the best way possible. I read it under a day and it left me reeling ever since I closed the book. There are heavy themes in this book, so it is especially important to check the trigger warnings, but the author does such a wonderful job of writing a gut-wrenching, complicated and challenging story in a few pages in the most poetic style ever. This book is an experience and one of a kind. Definitely read this for the journey and the experience.
No one has to present Casey McQuiston anymore because their books are rightfully hyped and deserve all the praise in the world. One Last Stop was about queer chaotic soul-searching adults in their 20s, a time-travelling lesbian, and lost relatives. I don’t know how the author strung everything together to make it work, but it does. The author writes secondary characters who stay on your mind long after you’ve closed the book and makes you care for fictional characters on paper more than your friends. See my full review here