Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, where book bloggers are invited to share their top ten lists centered on a certain theme.
This week’s prompt was “books I wish I’d had as a kid,” and I’ve decided to talk about books I wish I’d had in my teen years! I’m a teen services librarian and it means so much to me when I see teens fall in love with books. I love YA books and am constantly discovering books I wish I’d had at that age!
1. Color Outside the Lines edited by Sangu Mandanna: Growing up as a biracial kid, I didn’t see a lot of families that looked like mine. A book about mixed race couples would have meant so much to me!
2. Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli & Aisha Saeed: Not only do I wish I’d had more books with Jewish rep as a teen, but I wish I had books like this one that show teens can be involved with politics and make a difference!
3. Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram: I definitely could have used a book like this that speaks so honestly to mental health!
4. Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson: I love that this book features mentorship between women and girls–a topic I wish I’d heard more on as a teen girl!
5. We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson: Even in adulthood, this YA book about mental health & queerness means so much to me. I’m constantly recommending it to everyone I know and saying how much I wish I’d had this book as a teen!
6. The Latte Rebellion by Sarah Jamila Stevenson: This was one of the first books I found that was about being multiracial and it is literally the book I wish I’d had growing up, when I never felt like I fit in anywhere.
7. Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman: This YA contemporary about a biracial Asian American girl who is crushed by being rejected from her dream school would have really hit home for me–it’s an experience I had and I really wish I’d had a book like this to help me get through it.
8. Finding Yvonne by Brandy Colbert: This YA contemporary follows Yvonne as she tries to figure out the right path for her and what she really wants. Honestly, isn’t this the book that every teen girl needs?
9. American Panda by Gloria Chao: Just like Mei, I started college at 17 and struggled a lot! It would have meant so much to see a character going through the same thing.
10. Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy: Ramona reminds me so much of myself–a teen girl trying to stay strong and forcing herself to grow up fast. Plus Ramona’s path to understanding her queerness as fluid really hits more for me!
What’s a book you wish you’d had as a teen?