I've decided next week will be Haiti review week. I still don't have Every time A Rainbow Dies or Ruined but I have four out of the six books now so I'm going to go ahead with the reviews. I'm also going to try and do a post on all the authors I appreciate for Author Appreciation Week (I'll do five authors in one post).
Finally, March is Arts Appreciation Month so I've decided that March 22-27 will be reviews of books that have to do with the arts (and yes it will mostly be dancing since that's what I know, but I'll try and look for acting, music, singing and art as well). Hopefully, I'll find enough books so that the reviews will run longer than a week. And of course it's Women's History Month and I will try and find some YA POC lit with a feminist bend but I'm not sure if I know of any. Suggestions? I have read and reviewed The Kayla Chronicles by Sherri Winston which is about an African American feminist, but that's the only book I can think of that is about a POC, YA and explicitly feminist.
This week I got
Karina has plenty to worry about on the last day of seventh grade: finding three Ds and a C on her report card again, getting laughed at by everyone again, being sent to the principal -- again. She'd like this to change, but with her and her sisters dodging their stepfather's fists every day after school, she doesn't have time to do much self-reflecting. Finally her stepfather is taken away on child abuse charges, and Karina thinks things might turn into something resembling normal. The problem is, he's not gone for good. And as Karina becomes closer with a girl at the community center where her stepfather is not showing up for his parenting classes, she starts to realize a couple things. First, for all the problems her family had tried to escape by immigrating from Haiti, they brought most of them along to upstate New York. And second, if anything is going to change for this family, it is going to be up to Karina and her sisters to make it happen.
M. Sindy Felin's debut novel is the story of a young girl's coming-of-age amid the violent waters that run just beneath the surface of suburbia -- a story that has the courage to ask: How far will you go to protect the ones you love?
-I've already started reading this one and it has quite possibly the best opening sentence (it's in the summary in quotation marks) I've ever read. Sucked me right in. I'm not far along yet but the book sounds so sad. I may cry =/
Happy reading everyone and thank you in advance for your recommendations!