So I set out on a mission to read new authors and I've been surprised by how much I've enjoyed some new YA authors I've come across.
Sandhya Menon's When Dimple Met Rishi was a short, sweet and totally relatable read about an indian computer geek trying to achieve her dreams, and the impact of growing up in an Indian household and trying to make your name in the modern world.
The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon addresses serious issues like immigration, and residual racism. The main characters and their contrasting attributes complimented the story but I couldn't fully wrap my head around the insta-romance. Maybe I'm too old for it.(I'm crying on the inside after having said that😆) I really loved the theory of multiverses.
Next, Becky Albertialli's The Upside Of Unrequited which was overhyped for me but an entertaining read nonetheless. It had great representation and diversity in its set of characters, discussed anxiety and body image issues but the general story was kinda plain. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Now on to the books I absolutely adored with every fiber of my being - The Wrath and The Dawn and My Lady Jane. The first is inspired by the classical 1001 nights which will leave you bewitched and craving more and the second is a fictional recount of English history which will leave you laughing till your sides hurt. The common denominator in both these tales is the presence of a strong female protagonist who won't bend her ways and ensures the people around her know she is a force to be reckoned with, capable beyond measure. These women, who have found themselves in times and environments that consider them lesser, have stayed headstrong, passionate and often times become saviors during dire times and I can envision the three of us being our own version of the power puff girls.😆 This, the magical elements and the spell-binding romances which made my heart dance instead of inducing insufferable eye-rolls, left me wondering why more people haven't read these delicious books yet? And on a side note, where can I get myself a Khalid or a Gifford? ✨
#QOTD - which YA authors would you recommend?