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They Work Hard for the $$ | Dive Into Diversity

Welcome to March! It’s been another fantastic month of reads, and I hope you’re feeling the same way. I’m suuuper excited to be back and chatting about a diverse subject near and dear to my heart. As always, I would love to hear your feedback and don’t forget to link up your diverse reads below! […]

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November 12, 2015 - 8:39 pm

Crystal - Hi. I just read Show and Prove and the teens in that book are working summer jobs. It made me think back on this post so I popped back to include that title.

March 12, 2015 - 10:04 pm

Crystal - In thinking about MCs with jobs, I thought of some in traditional and some in non-traditional jobs. X (fictional biography), The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano (she works at a 5 and dime), Angel de la Luna and the 5th Glorious Mystery (she cleans a school), The Living (he has a summer job on a cruise ship), The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child (and the books to follow – memoir, but a little fictionalized), The Fire Horse Girl (works for a gang), Marcelo in the Real World (summer job), Tankborn (slaves) and Pig Park (all of the neighborhood young people work together on a project). In the Raven Cycle books by Stiefvate, Lily and one of the boys have jobs. Rickshaw Girl is actually a middle grade book, but really explores this concept of working especially in relation to helping family. Another middle grade that does this is My Life in Pink and Green.

March 10, 2015 - 4:22 pm

Molly | wrapped up in books - I love this post! Thanks for sharing your personal experiences. I have such nostalgia for my part-time job, as I shared briefly on twitter when I happened to see your tweet. But, reading your comments on survival and responsibility forces me to look at it with less rose-colored glasses. I did love working at my parent’s restaurant in high school, and most of my friends worked there part-time as well. After my dad died, my mom wasn’t as up on the business side of things, and I did take on a lot more responsibility than I was ready for, and it was hard to just have fun with my friends sometime when the restaurant was my family’s livelihood. In fact, there probably is a YA novel in there somewhere, complete with the older guy who bought us liquor, workplace romance, and lots of pizza.

As far as favorite books, I suggested Love and Other Perishable Items, but I also recently read I’ll Take You There and The Boy in the Black Suit, and both were fantastic.

March 10, 2015 - 2:25 pm

Alexa S. - I love how your post was part thoughtful personal reflection and part invitation for us to join you! You really balanced both well. Plus, it’s a great topic to tackle for Dive into Diversity, too! Really liked this post + the recs.

March 10, 2015 - 12:16 pm

Katie @ The Logonauts - Thanks again for the diversity push! Really enjoying reading more diverse books and finding out about even more.

March 10, 2015 - 9:31 am

Lauren @ Bookmark Lit - I always love when books feature MCs who have a job! I worked at a local grocery store through high school (and whenever I came home during college) and it was so much fun. I got so close with my coworkers and definitely had a lot of parking lot heart-to-hearts. Those experiences were great and taught me a lot!