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Dive Into Diversity Family Series: Single-Parent Families

Recently I found myself having a conversation with someone about how thankful I am for my husband, Dustyn. He broadens our daughter, Everett’s, horizons in ways I never thought possible — he shows her and teaches her things that don’t come naturally to me. He’s giving her something different that I couldn’t or wouldn’t think to. […]

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October 21, 2015 - 9:16 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - Great post. I haven’t ever intentionally sought out YAs with single parent households, but considering the statistics, it’s a surprise they’re not being represented more. I’ve only read two of the books you mention, but I thought To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before was handled great.

October 13, 2015 - 12:36 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - Great round up!

As one of those people who comes from a single parent household I think about this a lot (and if I’m being honest, have a lot of baggage from it as well). The project is stalled out for a lot of reasons but one of the things I really, really wanted to be sure to have in the project I’m working on right now is a single-parent protagonist because it’s not shown that much.

I also wish it was shown as more commonplace and not always as part of some greater assortment of obstacles that the MC has to face throughout the novel. And also I wish more books had single family households where the absent parent isn’t dead or a deadbeat. Sometimes they just aren’t a part of the family unit. And that’s okay and reality, you know?

A Bad Romance with a Happy Ending | Dive Into Diversity

I sound like a broken record but because of tech issues we are a little late this month with the Dive Into Diversity challenge. Oops. But here we are and just a few months left in the year! I can’t believe it. I’ve decided to go in a whole new direction with today’s check-in post […]

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September 30, 2015 - 11:04 pm

Crystal - I mostly read YA and younger so don’t have a whole lot of adult titles to offer. Have you read A Signal to Noise? I really enjoyed that one this year and it’s a little older than YA. Mambo in Chinatown is another that I read last year.

September 28, 2015 - 4:03 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - Great post, Estelle! I don’t read romance – yet – but I can imagine the lack of diversity. It’s sad the book you read wrote a stereotypical Asian character, but I’m glad you’re finding other diverse romance titles that deliver! I haven’t read it yet, but The Ivy Years by Sarina Bowen is supposed to be fantastic. I think it’s NA? I found this list via Twitter earlier this month with lots of rec’s: https://t.co/ry4MNHaOrt and here’s a blog that focuses on diverse romance: http://romancenovelsincolor.com Hope that helps!

Friends Who Write Diversely… | Dive Into Diversity

Can someone please tell me how we are in the second week of August? Already? I’m not sure how this is happening. Is this real life? Either way, we are here for the eighth check-in for our #DiversityDive challenge. How’s it going? Read anything great lately? (I’m highly recommending: What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi […]

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August 21, 2015 - 1:45 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - Interesting conversation between two authors dedicated to writing diversely! I’m already familiar with Dahlia’s work, but still need to get round to Second Position. Great post!

August 13, 2015 - 2:59 pm

Alexa S. - These two ladies are so vocal on my Twitter timeline, and I enjoy it. They get me thinking about SO many important things, and I appreciate that! Loved reading their convo here.

August 11, 2015 - 6:35 pm

Emma - Love this post. I don’t really read NA and I just haven’t picked up either author’s YA yet but now I really want to. It was so great to see their perspectives on different things. I’ve been thinking a lot about online vs not-online friends lately so that part was especially interesting to me.

August 11, 2015 - 5:14 pm

Jamie - OMG LOVE. I love these ladies and this convo made me love them harder. YAY FRIENDS.

Cousins Siblings Friends | Dive into Diversity

Happy Dive Into Diversity, you guys! So thrilled to have our friend Rachel from Hello, Chelly sharing a great story about her family — a story we’d love to see reflected in the books we are reading more often. Plus it fits in perfectly with Magan’s closer look at family varieties (reminder to check out […]

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August 3, 2015 - 1:16 am

Retrospectively Reading (18) | The Reading Shelf - […] “Cousins, Siblings, Friends” @ Rather Be Reading: I am always envious of people with cousin friendships – as someone whose cousins are all older them me, and many of them are decades older than me (they were starting families around the same time my sister and I were born) – so it’s cool to read about someone who has that, no matter how envious I might be. […]

July 31, 2015 - 9:29 am

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - Oh, I adored reading this post! There’s something so special and cool about the fact that y’all are friends AND family. I love that so much! I wish I could think of more books where cousins are best friends (or even siblings as best friends). I feel like I typically read more books with conflict in the family rather than closeness.

July 22, 2015 - 12:16 pm

Alexa S. - I loved reading about you and your cousins, Rachel! I seriously feel the same way about my cousins, particularly on my mom’s side of the family. Moving back to the Philippines had its challenges, but getting to know and love my cousins (first, second and even third) was one of the blessings! I love that I’m really friends with majority of my first cousins, and even friends with some of the seconds. It’s always nice to have family who are also friends, yes? :)

July 17, 2015 - 1:52 am

Mara - Loved this post! Where The Stars Still shine is one of my favorites, and I wish I could think of more books with a similar cousin friendship! Will their be more posts on diverse families? I also loved the one on stepfamilies, and would love to find more reads on different types of families!

July 14, 2015 - 10:00 am

Valeria @ A Touch of Book Madness - I love this! I’m very close to my cousins as well, they are all like my sisters (we’re all women). It is so normal to me, that I forget most of the people I know aren’t as close to their extended family. So I loved to see this post! Yay for big united families! And there should be more books about it too. I can’t think of any.

Attention, Attention! Wild Cards

Allow me to take you back to the days of Tiger Beat and Teen Beat for a revival of Attention, Attention. Estelle reviewed Wild Cards over a year-and-a-half ago on the blog, but I recently had the pleasure of listening to the audio book. I really, really enjoyed my experience and the book, despite how often it made […]

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June 15, 2015 - 11:47 am

Liz - Yes please, Wilson Bethel! I love Wade so much. Thanks for the eye candy.

The Program by Suzanne Young • Magan Reviews

The Program by Suzanne Young [website • twitter] Published April 30, 2013 by Simon Pulse Pages: 405 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: depression, suicide, losing memories, destiny, soul mates Summary: Life for Sloane isn’t perfect. Her brother committed suicide, her best friend was taken into The Program because she was showing signs of suicidal tendencies, and her boyfriend seems to […]

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June 8, 2015 - 3:11 pm

Alexa S. - How intriguing! I’ve heard of The Program before, and your review has definitely made me more inclined to want to check it out. It’s interesting that the author chose to write her story in a world where suicidal tendencies can be “fixed”; that’s definitely fodder for a great discussion of suicide, its characteristics and what can be done about it.

June 3, 2015 - 8:23 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - I loved your take on this book Magan! I read it more as a sci-fi type story (or maybe dystopian? I don’t even know what I’d call it) and I was totally disappointed in terms of the world building and the complete lack of explanations about WHY The Program happened. From a character standpoint I feel like I have a new appreciation for this book (though still not a personal favorite because man I did not like James!). Thanks for giving me a new perspective!