contemporary realist

reasons to read radio silence by alice oseman

  • a contemporary realistic ya novel set in england featuring characters who actually sound and act like contemporary english teenagers!!! yes this is so rare that it does deserve three exclamation marks
  • a really refreshing critique of the social and academic pressure put on young people to go to uni, even if they’re not suited to it
  • a beautiful friendship between a boy and a girl who have a typically tropey meet-cute and then DON’T FALL IN LOVE
  • you know that feeling you get when your heart flutters over an adorable fictional couple? i seriously have FRIENDSHIP BUTTERFLIES from reading this book
  • four of the main five characters are lgbtqiap - including a bisexual protagonist whose story doesn’t revolve around romance and a canonically demisexual character WHO USES THE WORD
  • eta: also three of the five mains are poc!
  • It’s all about friendship and fandom and figuring out who you want to be and doing what makes you happy :’)

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Every Single Second || Tricia Springstubb || 368 pages
Top 3 Genres: Middle Grade / Realistic Fiction / Contemporary

Synopsis: A single second. That’s all it takes to turn a world upside down.

Twelve-year-old Nella Sabatini’s life is changing too soon, too fast. Her best friend, Clem, doesn’t seem concerned; she’s busy figuring out the best way to spend the “leap second”—an extra second about to be added to the world’s official clock. The only person who might understand how Nella feels is Angela, but the two of them have gone from being “secret sisters” to not talking at all.

Then Angela’s idolized big brother makes a terrible, fatal mistake, one that tears apart their tight-knit community and plunges his family into a whirlwind of harsh publicity and judgment. In the midst of this controversy, Nella is faced with a series of startling revelations about her parents, friends, and neighborhood. As Angela’s situation becomes dangerous, Nella must choose whether to stand by or stand up. Her heart tries to tell her what to do, but can you always trust your heart? The clock ticks down, and in that extra second, past and present merge—the future will be up to her.

Tricia Springstubb’s extraordinary novel is about the shifting bonds of friendship and the unconditional love of family, the impact of class and racial divides on a neighborhood and a city, and a girl awakening to awareness of a world bigger and more complex than she’d ever imagined.

Publication Date: June 2016. / Average Rating: 3.93. / Number of Ratings: 280~.

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

In honor of Sherman Alexie’s birthday today, October 7th, we have reviewed one of our favorites, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Alexie tells the story of an aspiring cartoonist and his journey and life growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determine to make it on his own, Junior leaves his school to attend an all-white farm town high school, where he is obviously the only ethnic person.

Funny, heartbreaking, thoughtful and beautifully written The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian tells a realistic and contemporary tale of a Native American boy who desires to break stereotypes and molds inside and outside his community. Alexie retells his life experiences through his art by pulling away from his tribe, breaking free and beatings all the odds.

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