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MoonGirlReads: Diverse YA

Curated by Selene Velez

About the Curator
Selene is the influential TikTok creator @moongirlreads_. She is currently a student at the University of California Santa Barbara.

About the Folio

I love sharing great books on TikTok as @moongirlreads. And over hundreds(!?) of posts, I’ve noticed a theme: my favorite books focus on strong, diverse WOC navigating a world that doesn’t seem built for them. My picks here are all YA, but there’s a lot of diversity within that genre: from modern day New York, to San Francisco in the ’50s, to a fantasy set in a dystopia known as the Martial Empire, there’s a story here for everyone.

Book selections

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By Mary H. K. Choi
This book is an intriguing story about the strained relationship between two young Korean sisters, a relationship that’s put to the test in life or death circumstances. But wow. It’s that, and so much more. Mary H.K. Choi does a fantastic job of portraying the harmful effects of Eurocentric beauty standards on women of color, specifically East Asian women, in her book (which has beautiful cover art, I have to say). She manages to incorporate being a young, Gen-Z woman living in New York city with Korean culture and the intersectional struggles WOC face in a way that’s both seamless and leaves you in a deep, mildly existential-crisis(ish?) state. Actually, maybe that’s just me. Nonetheless, if you’re looking for a deep and complex read, this is the book for you.

Selene Velez

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