Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

This book was the first book published by wildly successful YA author Green after his 2012 release, “The Fault in Our Stars.” Thankfully, this book doesn’t suffer the teen angst love story that plagues his other novels. Instead, this book focuses more on mental...

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

You’re going to be hearing about this book and this author a lot over the next few months. Ward is probably going to rack up a ton of awards for this powerful story of a road trip gone wrong. It’s Southern, it’s racially fueled and it’s really good. Teen Jojo just...

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

I read this book as part of a class in diversity studies and I was left hoping for so much more. Sure, Coates will get you fired up as he discusses what it means to be black today from his perspective. There’s no denying that violence against blacks is an ongoing...

Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala

I’ve been reading more stories about grief recently, so when I saw this book, I was intrigued. The author is on vacation in Sri Lanka with her husband, two sons and her parents when an unimaginable thing happens. In just a few pages she has lost the five people she...

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

Three stories converge into one in this graphic novel about high-school student Jin Wang, the Monkey King parable, and Chin-Kee, the Chinese stereotype. This graphic novel explores issues of not fitting in, as well as being judged by others. For the Monkey King, a...