27 Books Written By POC Authors You Probably Won’t Be Able To Put Down

27 Books Written By POC Authors You Probably Won’t Be Able To Put Down

Need a new read? Here are a few page-turners.

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1.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas


Balzer + Bray

Protagonist Starr Carter balances life between her poor neighborhood and an elite prep school. One day, she witnesses a police offer shoot and kill her best friend. As unrest follows over the death of an unarmed Black teen, only Starr can set the record straight about what went down…but those details may put her own life in grave danger.

Promising review: “I bought this book expecting a lot. It delivered. It went the extra mile. It blew me away. This book will send you through so many emotions all while being honest and real. This book opened my eyes and it will open yours too. Ten out of ten, would read a million times again.” —AbbieRose

Get a hardcover copy from Amazon for $11.51 (also available in paperback, Kindle, Audiobook, and audio CD versions), from Barnes and Noble for $16.99+ (available in hardcover, paperback, NOOK book, large print, and audio CD versions), Bookshop for $17.47+ (to support local bookstores; available in hardcover, large print, and audio CD versions), or check your local library.

2.

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han


Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

You might’ve heard of (and already read) To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before but The Summer I Turned Pretty is bound to leave you captivated in another world created by Jenny Han. The main character Belly counts down the weeks to the next summer — it’s her favorite time of the year. But one summer, things change…but maybe the terrible events are for the better. You decide!

Promising review: “I highly recommend this book if you want to laugh, cry, and smile. It is a roller coaster of emotions and there is so much to the story; the suspense of it is amazing. And trust me when I say if you read this one, you’re going to want to keep reading the sequels because everyone gets more and more interesting and it becomes more of an emotional roller coaster.” —Anonymous

Get a paperback copy from Amazon for $9.49 (also available in hardcover, Kindle, and Audiobook versions), Barnes and Noble for $9.99+ (available in hardcover, paperback, and NOOK book versions), Bookshop for $11.03+ (available in paperback, hardcover, and prebound versions), or check your local library.

3.

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo


Quill Tree Books

A tragic plane crash brings together two girls — one from the Dominican Republic and one from New York — as they each uncover the secrets of their father who died in the crash…and uncover each others’ existence.

Promising review: “I absolutely loved this book and how it was written in verse, and I also loved the diversity. This book was heartbreaking but hopeful. There are some powerful quotes in Clap When You Land, one of my favorite quotes is, ‘…a queen is both: deadly and graceful. Poised and ruthless. Quiet and cunning.’ This book is a book that needs to be read. It’s emotional, important, and while I am not represented in this book, I felt the authenticity.” —ashleyreads88

Get a paperback copy from Amazon for $14.13 (also available in hardcover, Kindle, Audiobook, and audio CD versions), Barnes and Noble for $15.99+ (available in signed, hardcover, NOOK book, large print, and CD versions), Bookshop for $17.47+ (available in hardcover and CD versions), or check your local library.

4.

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan


Anchor

The book follows Rachel, an American-born Chinese girl, and her boyfriend Nick, who comes from an incredibly rich family in Singapore (unknown to Rachel until she arrives). She navigates his life and navigates the waters with his mother, who is less than supportive of her son’s relationship. It’s a book that’s sure to keep you laughing, turning the pages, and longing to find out more.

Promising review: “I haven’t read a pleasure book in so long and this is exactly what I needed. I purchased the book to compare it to the movie and was pleased by the surprises. This book kept me turning page after page, never wanting to stop. So many twists and turns.” —Anonymous

Get a paperback copy from Amazon for $7.48 (also available in Kindle, hardcover, Audiobook, and mass paperback versions), Barnes and Noble for $16+ (available in paperback, audio CD, and NOOK book versions), Bookshop for $9.19+ (available in mass paperback and paperback versions, and a version in Chinese), or check your local library.

5.

Real Life by Brandon Taylor


Riverhead Books

You’ll embark on a journey of exploration as you follow a biochemistry student named Wallace who’s Black, queer, and about to have his walls of self-preservation completely broken down when he encounters a white classmate who’s about to help him reveal the true hostilities and desire that surge within their Alabama community.

Promising review: “This is a novel with quiet rage pulsing beneath every line. It’s a novel that had me begging for catharsis from the beginning, but with the extreme realism of it, I was always unsure if that was a reasonable expectation. From a form standpoint, I often couldn’t help myself picturing it on the stage. It takes place over the course of a weekend and tackles big issues through the form of realism. And it’s not a family drama. But, at the same time, the novel would lose some of its direct introspection. This novel is not awash in flowery prose. It gets to the point of slipping the knife in, but Taylor manages to do it in a skillful, subtle way.” —mdmanatee

Get a hardcover copy from Amazon for $23.39 (also available in paperback, Kindle, and Audiobook versions), Barnes and Noble for $23.39 (available in hardcover and NOOK book versions), Bookshop for $23.92, or check your local library.

6.

This Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang


Berkley

This book follows protagonist Stella as she tries to navigate love and intimacy with Asperger’s Syndrome. She hires a professional named Michael to help her paddle through the waters on everything from French kissing to foreplay (and then some). But what happens when Stella decides she wants more from Michael? It’s a heartwarming story that’ll keep you on your toes.

Promising review: “I had heard a lot about this book before I read it but I had no idea what I was getting into. Honestly, I felt like I was reading a more realistic and relatable Fifty Shades of Grey and I loved it! It was sexy and romantic and realistic all in one. Their love story is like no other, which is one of my favorite things about it. Although that part of the story may be the most unrealistic to me, I still loved the nontraditional boy-meets-girl story line. Honestly, I was hooked from the start of this book and typically I don’t really like love stories but Hoang got my quotients exactly correct with this novel. I recommended it to all my girlfriends; whether you’re single or taken, this book can bring the heat in and out of the bedroom and into your heart! So sweet, I loved it!” —Buccilovesbooks

Get a paperback copy from Amazon for $9.03 (also available in Kindle, Audiobook, library binding, and mass market versions), Barnes and Noble for $16+ (available in paperback, NOOK book, and audio CD versions), Bookshop for $14.72+ (available in paperback and CD versions), or check your local library.

7.

Exit West by Moshin Hamid


Riverhead Books

Set in a city filled with civil unrest, two young protagonists fall in love and begin a steamy affair. When the unrest heightens and they begin hearing rumors about these secret “doors” that can lead to other places, they decide to take a chance to escape their civil war-torn city. But is it a chance that will pay off?

Promising review: “There’s nothing ‘far-fetched’ about this book. Exit West is a deeply relevant and realistic novel about migration and living as a refugee, though there are elements of science fiction with regards to the doors. The novel touches on several aspects of living in, and wanting to, and eventually succeeding in leaving a war-torn country just to end up someplace where you aren’t wanted, but it is better than facing death back home. There are elements of romance but it is, in the sum of its parts, akin to a commentary on what is happening globally with regards to an influx of migrants from third-world and/or war-struck countries into Europe and the United States. It’s short but doesn’t leave you wishing it went on longer as it wraps up nicely. The author focuses on exposition so dialogue is a rarity and only appears when it is really needed. I highly suggest this novel.” —hdaugma

Get a paperback copy from Amazon for $13.99 (also available in hardcover, Kindle, and Audiobook versions), Barnes and Noble for $7+ (available in hardcover, paperback, NOOK book, and large print versions), Bookshop for $15.64+ (available in paperback, hardcover, and large print versions), or check your local library.

8.

Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama


Broadway Books

I read this memoir years ago — at the time, I wasn’t super interested in reading any memoirs because I just didn’t think they were for me — and basically finished it in two days. I just kept wanting to hear more and more about the former president’s upbringing and his unique experiences. This isn’t really a story about his time as president; it’s a story of a boy navigating his mixed race and trying to understand who he is.

Promising review: “I found this book extremely insightful. In many ways, he is a mystery…..you really don’t know what makes him tick. He did a good job of explaining his life and the things that shaped him. I enjoyed it.” —Anonymous

Get a paperback copy from Amazon for $12.99 (also available in Kindle, Audiobook, hardcover, and mass market versions), Barnes and Noble for $15.99+ (available in paperback, hardcover, NOOK book, and audio CD versions), Bookshop for $16.56+ (available in paperback and hardcover), or check your local library.

9.

You Should See Me In A Crown by Leah Johnson


Scholastic Press

Liz is dead-set on escaping her Indiana town, where she feels totally out of place — and admission to the prestigious Pennington College is her ticket out. But when her financial aid falls through, Liz’s only remaining option is to win the Prom Queen crown (and the college scholarship that comes with it) despite thinking there’s no way she can do it.

Promising review: “I enjoyed reading this book as it tackles the struggles of being a person of color. And I could imagine how difficult it is to figure out who you are, stand up for yourself, and fight for what you believe is right when the place you’re standing in is filled with toxicity that focuses on your differences and belittle you for it. I like how Liz was able to piece everything together and show the strength and confidence she has all along. The story is cute, funny, and realistic. It’s about life, family, relationship, and finding yourself.⁣” —Anonymous

Get a paperback copy from Amazon for $9.99 (also available in hardcover, Kindle, and Audiobook versions), Barnes and Noble for $17.99 (available in hardcover and NOOK book versions), Bookshop for $16.55, or check your local library.

10.

The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa


Avon

Carolina is a wedding planner who gets left at the altar at her own wedding. She gets the opportunity of a lifetime to impress a very important client…but she has to collaborate with the best man who her convinced her husband-to-be to ditch her on their wedding day. Break out the popcorn because you’ll definitely want to get comfortable to see how this pans out.

Promising review: “This book had me from the first chapter. It’s adorable, hilarious, and vibrant from start to finish. I don’t know if I swooned or chortled more. Plus, I’d hire the leading lady to plan my wedding in a heartbeat.” —hoorayforbooks

Get a paperback copy from Amazon for $12.62 (also available in Kindle, Audiobook, library binding, and CD versions), Barnes and Noble for $14.49+ (available in paperback, NOOK book, large print, and CD versions), Bookshop for $14.71+ (available in paperback and CD versions), or check your local library.

11.

Night Theater by Vikram Paralkar


Catapult

A surgeon working at a village clinic in India but things take a spooky turn one night when a teacher, his pregnant wife, and their son are brought to the hospital dead. Yet, they tell him that they’ve been given a second chance at life if and only if he’s able to patch them up before sunrise. It’s a tale that’ll have you racing to turn the pages as the surgeon races against the clock.

Promising review: “I absolutely breezed through this book in no time at all. From the description, it sounded more like a dark comedy, but it truly is more of a life or death (no pun intended) thriller from beginning to end. I really didn’t know what to expect going in, but Paralkar paints his pictures so vividly, and sometimes a little too vividly in regards to all of the surgical procedures that take place. He clearly has done his research, but more than that, he knows how to create characters that take on a life of their own, and you feel for each person throughout this novel. I loved that it all took place in one area, which is a thing I also tend to love in films as well. Even though the story is confined to a small space, it never feels that way. It is a tale of the afterlife, human nature, faith, and above all human kindness and what lengths we will go to to save ourselves and those we love. I can’t wait for people to be able to read this, and now I need to get my hands on Paralkar’s other work!” —invaderlinz

Get a paperback copy from Amazon for $12.89 (also available in Kindle and Audiobook versions), Barnes and Noble for $15.95+ (available in paperback, NOOK book, and audio CD versions), Bookshop for $15.59 (available in paperback and CD versions), or check your local library.

12.

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory


Berkley

A bizarre event brings two strangers together for a night of surprising fun. Once the festivities are over, though, they each part ways and return to their high-powered professional lives…except they each just can’t get the other out of their minds. What lengths will they go to to reconnect? You’ll just have to read to find out!

Promising review: “I really enjoyed reading this. It is a cute book with lots of fun laughs. The author does a good job developing characters that are like-able and also relatable. I enjoyed being able to get multiple points of view as well. I felt like I was cheering on the characters to find each other even when I had a good guess about how it ended.” —maddie2414

Get a paperback copy from Amazon for $6.99 (also available in Kindle, Audiobook, library binding, and mass market versions), Barnes and Noble for $13.50 (available in paperback and NOOK book versions), Bookshop for $13.80 (available in paperback and mass market versions), or check your local library.

13.

Trouble Has A New Name by Adite Banerjie


Harlequin India

This book follows a ~classic~ drama with an Indian twist. A newly single woman flies to India for her best friend’s wedding. A rooming mix-up brings her together with an unlikely stranger and when she sees her ex with another woman, she spins a tale of deception of her “engagement” to her handsome stranger.

Promising review: “I don’t know what’s not to love about this story. From beautiful characterization and storyline to the perfect location, Adite has nailed it. She is surely a magician storyteller and you just can’t go wrong with her books. Absolutely a delight to read this one. Can’t wait for her next book.” —SS

Get a paperback copy from Amazon for $25.19 or check your local library.

14.

Big Little Man: In Search of My Asian Self by Alex Tizon


Mariner Books

The book is told from the point of view of author Alex Tizon, as he moves to America from the Philippines and navigates a society that teaches him to be ashamed of who he is. You’ll follow his journey as he endures a changing social landscape for Asian males in America.

Promising review: “As an Asian-American, this book had a tremendous impact on me. I was able to relate to, and identify with much of what Tizon said. I found the book unputdownable! It was a mirror in which I saw myself, and how I see the world.” —Anonymous

Get a paperback copy from Amazon for $13.88 (also available in hardcover and Kindle versions), Barnes and Noble for $15.99 (available in paperback, hardcover, and NOOK book versions), Bookshop for $15.99 (available in paperback and eBook versions), or check your local library.

15.

Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop by Roselle Lim


Berkley

Vanessa Yu can see peoples’ fortunes through tea leaves. She didn’t ask for this talent and doesn’t want it, so in an attempt to suppress her abilities, she runs a coffee shop free of tea leaves. One day, she sees her own future that foretells of her death in a traffic accident and decides she needs to get rid of her abilities for good.

Promising review: “A sweet romance with three-dimensional characters. If you love Paris, or food, you’ll love this lovely romance. Valerie made her first prediction at three, and has been rebelling against it ever since. All she wants is to be normal, and fall in love. But fortune-tellers don’t fall in love. So what happens when the wayward Valerie is brought to Paris, city of Light, love and food to help her aunt with her new tea shop? Sometimes, you have to rebel against your fate!” —Anonymous

Get a paperback copy from Amazon for $13.58 (also available in Kindle, Audiobook, and library binding versions), Barnes and Noble for $16+ (available in paperback, NOOK book, and large print versions), Bookshop for $14.72, or check your local library.

16.

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini


Riverhead Books

Mariam and Laila get connected through the adversities of war and build a sisterly relationship that has the power to change not only their lives, but the lives of the next generation. It’s a story that really shows the lengths of self-sacrifice women are willing to go to if it means protecting those they love.

Promising review: “This book was so suspenseful and heart-throbbing, yet it was filled with so much joy. I cried many times because I felt apart of this novel. A must-read!!! Loved it.” —Anonymous

Get a paperback copy from Amazon for $7.90 (also available as Kindle, Audiobook, hardcover, and audio CD versions), Barnes and Noble for $16+ (available in paperback, hardcover, NOOK book, and audio CD versions), Bookshop for $14.72+ (available in paperback and hardcover versions), or check your local library.

17.

The House On Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros


Vintage

This is a tale of a Latina living in Chicago and finding out who she is and what she’s capable of. It may be on the shorter side — 110 pages long — but it’s sure to leave you feeling inspired.

Promising review: “I, personally, love this book, and have read it many times over. The short stories are easy for almost any girl transitioning into adulthood to relate to. The way that the story is written is beautifully simplistic. Cisneros’ writing is almost like poetry. It is simple yet profound. This book is comforting to a young person who feels that life can be unfair and struggles to stay strong through every hard time. It helps to show that you’re not alone when you feel weak, embarrassed, or trapped. I would not recommend this book to someone who likes action and suspense in a book, but I definitely do recommend it to someone who can see the simple beauty in different styles of writing, and especially to a young adult.” —christyrhiannon

Get a paperback from Amazon for $7.42 (also available in Kindle, Audiobook, hardcover, and audio CD versions), Barnes and Noble for $10.95+ (available in paperback, hardcover, NOOK book, large print, and audio CD versions), Bookshop for $10.99+ (available in paperback and hardcover versions), or check your local library.

18.

The Other Americans by Laila Lalami


Vintage

The death of a man brings together a host of characters from seemingly different walks of life — his widow, a composer who thought they’d left town for good, an undocumented witness who fears deportation, a detective, and more. You’ll just have to read the book to find out how it all unfolds!

Promising review: “I’ve enjoyed reading this novel over two days — twice as long as it usually takes me, as it is packed with detail. As each chapter is written from a different character’s point of view, it took me a little time to get settled into the rhythm of the book, but this is one you don’t want to rush. There is such a lot to learn about each and every person, both in the present and the past, making it a compelling read. I found myself thinking about it even when my e-reader wasn’t in my hand, but never did I think that things were going to pan out the way they did!” —Anonymous

Get a paperback copy from Amazon for $16+ (also available in Kindle, Audiobook, and hardcover versions), Barnes and Noble for $16+ (available in paperback, hardcover, and NOOK book versions), Bookshop for $14.72+ (available in paperback and hardcover versions), or check your local library.

19.

Black Leopard Red Wolf by Marlon James


Riverhead Books

This book follows Tracker, a hunter who breaks a huge rule in order to track down a missing boy. The book weaves in African history and mythology in what’s sure to be a passionate, page-turning adventure.

Promising review: “I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I didn’t want it to end. It’s tale of a young man, Tracker, coming of age. It’s about being broken and craving relationship and refusing to admit it. An ageless story of human struggle. The author devotedly and passionately upholds Trackers fight within himself to love and be loved. Man to man, man to beast, but never man to woman. You’ll want to shelter him and shake him at the same time for his arrogance and naivety. Yes, there is violence, yes, there is brutality. This book is not for everyone. It is though, in my experience a masterpiece.” —Anonymous

Get a paperback copy from Amazon for $16.29 (also available in Kindle, Audiobook, hardcover, and audio CD versions), Barnes and Noble for $18+ (available in paperback, hardcover, NOOK book, and large print versions), Bookshop for $16.56+ (available in paperback and hardcover versions).

20.

Trust Exercise by Susan Choi


Holt Paperbacks

Students at a competitive performing arts school live in a bubble of ambition. And when two students fall in love with each other, others (including their acting teacher) take it upon themselves to interfere.

Promising review: “I read this because it was a National Book Award finalist and I like to read the final choices. In fact, this won the prize. It’s no beach book; it deals with physical and emotional abuse of teens by adults. It is divided into three sections each one shorter than the previous. Two people having finished it will have talks about what they think happened and probably have some arguments.” —MDSm

Get a paperback copy from Amazon for $13.57 (also available in Kindle, Audiobook, hardcover, and audio CD versions), Barnes and Noble for $14.49+ (available in paperback, hardcover, NOOK book, and large print versions), Bookshop for $14.71+ (available in paperback, hardcover, and library binding versions), or check your local library.

21.

Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco


Sourcebooks Inc

Prince Alexei is the sole survivor of the royal family of the Kingdom of Avalon, which is encased in ice as the consequence of war. Stuck in Arizona of all places and completely devoid of magic, Alexei gets a glimmer of hope when a legendary creatures appears and he begins his journey back to the kingdom.

Promising review: “I really *really* liked the Filippino representation (food, language, culture, names, family, etc) which is something I’ve not really come across in a book before. I also LOVED the humor. The chapter titles were wonderfully funny and the writing often had a sly wittiness that I enjoyed. The plot was super twisty — especially near the end! I don’t even know who to trust anymore!” —shilo1364

Get a paperback copy from Amazon for $13.99 (also available in Kindle, Audiobook, hardcover, and audio CD versions), Barnes and Noble for $15.99+ (available in hardcover, NOOK book, and CD versions), Bookshop for $16.54+ (available in hardcover and CD versions), or check your local library.

22.

The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa


Vintage

There’s something spooky happening to the Inhabitants of an unknown island…but they can’t remember what it is. Things are disappearing — no doubt thanks to a force on the island known as the Memory Police, and they want those items to remain forgotten. Things take a turn when a young writer and her editor are entangled in a race to use the power of writing to preserve what the Memory Police don’t want people to remember.

Promising review: “This book can be strange, but the author gently lets us in this alternate universe. How she describes what is going is like as if you were watching it instead. Slow and steady it might be, it keeps you wanting to know what happens. Very different take on the category of science fiction and dystopia.” —cvizcc001

Get a paperback copy from Amazon for $14.40 (also available in Kindle, Audiobook, and hardcover versions), Barnes and Noble for $16+ (available in paperback, hardcover, and NOOK book versions), Bookshop for $23.87, or check your local library.

23.

The Mermaid The Witch And The Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall


Candlewick

Get ready for a unique (and wild) tale on the seas. Flora, an orphan, masquerades as a man aboard a pirate ship in order to earn the respect of the crew. But the pirates’ plan to sell their passengers as slaves leads Flora to forge a connection with Lady Evelyn, who’s trying to escape an arranged marriage problem of her own. Where do the mermaids and witches come in? You’ll have to read to find out!

Promising review: “Mermaids, witches, and pirates— who could say no to that combination? Certainly not me. Tokuda-Hall’s LGBTQ+ fantasy debut has something for everyone and I, for one, loved it. The book has a very whimsical feel to it, while also dealing with darker themes of imperialism and misogyny. The plot was fast-paced, with plenty of twists that I didn’t see coming. My only complaint is that there isn’t more of it! The world Tokuda-Hall created was so fascinating and intricate, and I would have loved to go more in depth into the mythology and history of it. So here’s hoping we get a sequel, or (dare I say), a series! Regardless, I look forward to seeing what Tokuda-Hall has in store for us next!” —megankatherine8

Get a hardcover copy from Amazon for $15.56 (also available in Kindle, Audiobook, and audio CD versions), Barnes and Noble for $18.99+ (available in hardcover, NOOK book, and audio CD versions), Bookshop for $17.47+ (available in hardcover and CD versions), or check your local library.

24.

They Could Have Named Her Anything by Stephanie Jimenez


Little A

Worlds collide in this novel about Maria, a Latina student from Queens who attends a private high school on the Upper East Side and struggles to fit in…until she befriends a rich, rebellious white student who actually longs for the life Maria has.

Promising review: “The author was able to capture the struggles of a teen that has to live in two different worlds, her home in Queens and her fancy school in Manhattan. I love how the author chose to write each character as flawed because no one is perfect and it annoys me when authors write characters that are. I found this to be an enjoyable read!” —cristieu

Get a paperback copy from Amazon for $7.85 (also available in Kindle, Audiobook, hardcover, and audio CD versions), Barnes and Noble for $14.95+ (available in hardcover, paperback, and CD versions), Bookshop for $13.75+ (available in hardcover, paperback, and CD versions), or check your local library.

25.

Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid


G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Alix is a white woman who gets what she wants and has a successful brand to show for it. Emira is a Black 25-year-old who’s low on cash and isn’t totally sure what her next steps will be. In the meantime, she babysits Alix’s son. Things go awry one night when Alix asks Emira to take her son to the supermarket and Emira is confronted by a security guard who accuses her of kidnapping because she’s a Black woman with a white child. Things are about to change for both women when someone from Alix’s past steps in.

Promising review: “I could not put this down! A work of contemporary fiction that read as a thriller — I was on the edge of my seat. It’s an important read about our society and the microaggressions that come from race. An incident in a grocery store sparks a series of events but at the center is Emira who throughout is clear about what she wants in life but it falls on deaf ears. The characters came off the page and the writing was amazing. I can’t wait for more from Kiley Reid.” —B&NElizabeth B

Get a paperback copy from Amazon for $17.50 (also available in Kindle, Audiobook, hardcover, and audio CD versions), Barnes and Noble for $20.99+ (available in hardcover, NOOK book, large print and audio CD versions), Bookshop for $23.92+ (available in hardcover, paperback, and CD versions), or check your local library.

26.

Lot by Bryan Washington


Riverhead Book

This is a coming-of-age tale about a boy who’s part of a biracial family living in Houston. All the while, he deals with working alongside his family in a marginalized community, mistreatment from one sibling, the hurt of being away from another sibling, and the discovery that he’s interested in other boys.

Promising review: “I feel fortunate to have stumbled upon this collection of short stories right when I needed something authentic, genuine and tender. Washington writes without pretense, without being self congratulatory or self deprecating. He doesn’t want us feeling sorry for him or exoticing him, he doesn’t want us asking, How were you able to love through all of that? He’s just opening up a window into his world, as we pass by. We can steal a quick glance, or stop and stare. But either way, he won’t be looking back at us. A beautiful collection of stories that I am sure to re-read. I can’t wait to read what’s yet to come from this young man.” —Kamilla

Get a paperback copy from Amazon for $15.99 (also available in Kindle, hardcover, and Audiobook versions), Barnes and Noble for $16+ (available in paperback, hardcover, and NOOK book versions), Bookshop for $14.72+ (available in paperback, hardcover, and library binding), or check your local library.

27.

I Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillan


Ballantine Books

This book follows Dr. Georgia Young as she realizes that she’s craving something beyond her successful career and happy, healthy relationships. She decides to take a few risks (like quitting her job) and even stumbles across the chance to find ~love~.

Promising review: “Terry does it again. Capturing your mind and spirit and making you feel like your looking at parts of your life through a glass mirror. Hands down this story was amazing. You won’t regret purchasing this book at all.” —Jocelyn Spencer

Get a paperback copy from Amazon for $16 (also available in Kindle, Audiobook, hardcover, and audio CD versions), Barnes and Noble for $7+ (available in hardcover, paperback, NOOK book, large print, and audio CD versions), Bookshop for $14.72+ (available in paperback and CD versions), or check your local library.

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