It’s time to step outside your comfort zone, outside your borders, or outside of your own country or culture.
Tell us about the books that transported you to a different world, taught you about a different culture, and/or helped you step into the shoes of someone different from you. What impacted you the most about this book?
What books would you recommend to others who are ready or not ready to step over the line? In essence, let’s start the conversation about diversity and keep it going!
Some of my comfort zones are fantasy, fairytales & retellings and dystopian books. When I branch out to other genres, one of those is contemporary. I’ve found out that the fluffy ones aren’t really my thing, unless I’m in the rare mood for something easy and cute, but the darker/heavier contemporary books work for me. If you are like me and starting to appreciate this genre, I would recommend giving these a shot:
Cammie McGovern – Say what you will.
Expected publication: June 3rd 2014 by HarperTeen.Born with cerebral palsy, Amy can't walk without a walker, talk without a voice box, or even fully control her facial expressions. Plagued by obsessive-compulsive disorder, Matthew is consumed with repeated thoughts, neurotic rituals, and crippling fear. Both in desperate need of someone to help them reach out to the world, Amy and Matthew are more alike than either ever realized. When Amy decides to hire student aides to help her in her senior year at Coral Hills High School, these two teens are thrust into each other's lives. As they begin to spend time with each other, what started as a blossoming friendship eventually grows into something neither expected.
This book is amazing. I was lucky enough to get an ARC and my review will be up soon, but I need to highlight this book. People need to know about this fantastic story with two characters who have to deal with problems in their daily life. They start an unexpected friendship and it was such a heart-warming tale. I was touched by Amy and how strong she is. The way she looks at life; I’m not sure I would be able to be as strong as her.
Leila Sales – This song will save your life.
Published September 17th 2013 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Making friends has never been Elise Dembowski’s strong suit. All throughout her life, she’s been the butt of every joke and the outsider in every conversation. When a final attempt at popularity fails, Elise nearly gives up. Then she stumbles upon a warehouse party where she meets Vicky, a girl in a band who accepts her; Char, a cute, yet mysterious disc jockey; Pippa, a carefree spirit from England; and most importantly, a love for DJing.
This story had a huge impact of me, like you can see in my review. I was emotionally touched by Elise in the beginning and ending of the book. The lonely feeling she had, the urge to change herself in order to be liked – and then how she developed and grew to love herself for who she is. Even thinking about that and how I could connect with her on such a personal level make me feel understood again.
John Green – The fault in our stars.
Published January 10th 2012 by Dutton Books
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.
I think almost everyone is familiar with this book, but the thing I still like about this story is how hopeful it feels. It wasn’t heavy, despite everything that happens and the ending that made me tear up.
Do you have any recommendations for me?