#LatinxHeritageMonth Representation in books

Hey everyone, Yade here! I know is the last day of Latinx heritage month but I wanted to have this post going up today (Why? I don’t know!). This post have a little history since I have been trying to came up with a representation post since Pride month… JUNE! But I didn’t have a SINGLE idea of how to write it because, SADLY, I don’t have that many experience reading books where I feel represented or with LGBTQ+ rep (let me know in the comments one that you would like me to read). So I came up with ANOTHER idea and this time IT DID WORKED!

So… I know the title says #LatinxHeritageMonth but this post is going to cover more than just that representation and I hope you all enjoy this. I asked various creators if they wanted to help and some of them gave me what you are about to read. (You’ll be able to find their links -twitter and blogs/YT- and the link to the book in GR).

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Mental Health (Anxiety)

“I loved Finding Audrey as I really related to her anxiety struggles and not being able to leave the house, I haven’t related to any other book as much as this one, it has great mental health rep in my opinion.” –Lauren from Bookish World

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Mental Health (Depression)

“This debut fantasy novel blew me away completely with its fully realized world and lovable characters, but the thing that especially touched me was the depression rep in this book. I have never felt SO SEEN before. Like my experiences were validated in a way to have them represented on the page. Not only does Josephson nail the struggles of simply getting out of bed and the feelings of guilt and shame associated with it, but also in how friends and family struggle to understand something they have no reference for. There is a particular scene where Thia’s sister Caliza, meaning well, asks if she has “anything productive planned for today,” and the conversation which followed tugged at my heartstrings. It is worth it to note that this story is about Thia’s situational depression and her journey to conquering it. While the symptoms are similar to chronic/clinical depression, it’s important to note that the cause and recovery process are completely different.” –Kal from Reader Voracious

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Mental Health

“I read it back in high school, before nerd culture was mainstream, and it touched me in the most intimate way. I saw almost a mirror image of myself in Cath-she was awkward and an avid reader and wise and closed off to new relationships yet loving and loyal. Seeing her get her happy ending made me optimistic for myself in a time where I couldn’t see through the fog of my depression and despair. It gave me hope. I haven’t read this book since, but I know it will always hold a special place in my heart.” – Mariela from Miss Breathing and KhalessiofBooks

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Mental Health (Social Anxiety) + ADHD

“This book means a lot to me and is, in fact, one that has made me go through all the feelings. My brother suffers from Social Anxiety and I’ve seen him fight a lot against it and that’s why although the book doesn’t mention that the character suffers this as such I can easily identify that’s probably happening to him or at least one of the things. It’s a very tough story, but I think it represents quite well what it is to suffer from that. In addition, the other character has ADHD, and I have friends who have it and have told me that the book represents it very well.” – Sofi from A book A thought

For Sofi’s review, click here!

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Disability

It does feature disability in a positive light and the main character doesn’t let that stop her from achieving what she wants/needs” – Kat from Rustic Pages

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LGBTQ+ (Asexual) + Race (African-American)

“It’s a love story about an asexual WoC, and that alone makes this book immensely important. To see an African-American woman so confident in her asexuality in the context of a culture that over-sexualizes her based on her gender and race is so powerful. This book does a lot to educate about and de-stigmatize asexuality. It’s definitely a book that deserves more attention, and one that makes me hopeful for the future of representation.” – Mariela from Miss Breathing and KhalessiofBooks

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Latinx + LGBTQ+

This is a great character-driven book, focused on a Mexican-American family and it’s all about family dynamics and the importance of friendship. I really enjoyed this rep, because I LOVE to see a good Latina family represented in a loving and united way despite everything, I always appreciate when a book not only highlights a Latinx character but also a family, because in general, I find a lot of my own family on them. This family is also composed of a gay Father, and I think that’s another super important representation that we don’t see much in YA books. ” – Sofi from A book A thought

For Sofi’s review, click here!

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Latinx + LGBTQ+

“P.S: I LOVE Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, for exactly the same reason. I come to believe that the author, being Latino himself, transmits very well what the family means to us and as always comes first.” – Sofi from A book A thought

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Latinx + LGBTQ+

“Another book that has a beautiful gay romance between two young people, like Ari & Dante, but this time both are Latinx, which I LOVE. I’m heterosexual myself, but I love it when there’s a lot of romantic and gender diversity in the books I read and even more when the Latinx heritage, that represents me so much, is there. One of the boys is Cuban-America and the other is from Puerto Rico. Perhaps of the books that I’m mentioning, this is the one that has less mention towards the inheritance of each boy but the representation is there and it’s a beautiful book so I wanted to mention it.” – Sofi from A book A thought

For Sofi’s review, click here!

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Latinx + LGBTQ+ (lesbian) + Asperger

“This book is AMAZING if you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend it. It has representations of all kinds, so I wanted to mention it for it, it has a great Latinx representation, the family and the character show a much darker side perhaps, but I think it shows all the tones that a family can have and is always there behind that union and unconditional love that I love to see in my Latinx families. I have to admit that not everything should always be perfect, it’s just the kind of family union I enjoy reading about. In addition to this rep, there’s also a plus-side character, Lesbian rep, and another of the main characters suffers from Asperger. In addition to all this, the topic of sex is touched in a very positive way and it’s also very feminist.” – Sofi from A book A thought

For Sofi’s review, click here!

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Latinx

“I see a lot of myself in Sandra Cisneros’s works, especially in The House On Mango Street. Although the protagonist, Esperanza, is Mexican, and I’m Puerto Rican, I still saw so much of my own culture in this novel. The way family and heritage are depicted holds truths that I believe any Latinx individual can relate to. It’s such a beautiful book, and it made me feel seen and heard and validated. It’s easily one of my favorite books of all time.” – Mariela from Miss Breathing and KhalessiofBooks

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Latinx

“I found myself represented in books such as Don’t Date Rosa Santos even though her family is cuban and I’m Puerto Rican. I related when it’s mentioned in the book that her grandparents and mom left Cuba for a better life just like I left Puerto Rico to have a better life here.” – Astrid from Book Lover Book Reviews

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Britain’s working-class

“Is a mouthy title – much like the protagonist, Janie Ryan. When asked to write a little piece about a book that I identified with, this book instantly came to mind. I am in a position where I do have a privilege by being a White-British woman, growing up in London. It’s not a brag, but a statement of fact, but I have never seen my experience of growing up on benefits accurately portrayed in novel format. Until last year.

Tony Hogan is a book that I had to read as part of my Working-Class module at Bangor University, and it was the only one (of 8) that I saw myself and my childhood represented in a piece of fiction. I have a relatively modern working-class background. I was brought up in South East London, with the ability to smooth out the rough in my accent, ranging from the Cockney accent, calling out from the back-end alley pub, to the Queen’s English as I speak to the bank.

“She lined up all our 10ps on top of the phone, going through the quickly because when she asked if they took kids or DHSS the calls finished quickly.”

Janie is born in Scotland, but that doesn’t stop her story from being an identifiable one. She grows up in a matriarchal family (so did I), they struggle to eat on the bread line (sometimes, we have too) and her mother struggles to find them somewhere to live because of being on benefits (I’ve been experiencing this since I was fourteen). I thought it was a fantastic representation of the working-class in modern Britain – and for that, I identified with it. ” – Lauren from A City of Books For Lauren’s review, click here

You might be thinking “where is Yade’s recommendation here?!” well… I was thinking on what book I would say “I felt represented here” and I came to the realization that, like most of us, I haven’t felt represented in books. Yes, I have felt connected to some characters or even authors but not represented and I might do a post about those books soon enough. Therefore, I am REALLY grateful that this group of amazing creators helped me here and were open to talk about their experiences on my blog.

I want to ask you to respect their opinions, to respect their stories as I did. I don’t know ANY of these creators here, for most of them is the first time we talk, and they so kindly said yes to the DM of a stranger, to talk about their experiences and to help me with a little project that they could have done by their own. So, please, if you disagree with something, if you don’t like a book mentioned here, you can let it know in the comments but with respect.

Once again, THANK YOU SO MUCH to these amazing creators (please go and give them love). I can’t wait to work with everyone of you again, if the opportunity comes. I hope you all enjoyed it, as I did, and you found something new to read or reread! Thank you so much for reading and please let me know in the comments a book you felt represented you (even if you don’t tell me why). I’ll see you in my next post! Keep reading and creating, take care. Byeeeeeeeeeee!

4 thoughts on “#LatinxHeritageMonth Representation in books

  1. As a white cis woman, I generally don’t have a problem finding myself in the books I read, but it means so much that you included mental illness representation to the list. Thanks so much for including me in such an important project, I loved having the opportunity to discuss how much depression rep means to me when I see it in fiction – especially fantasy.

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    1. Read&Create

      Thank you for taking part. And mental health/illness is such an important topic that many people sees as “he/she/they are ok, is just to have attention” that I think we should educate and promote those books, specially non contemporarh, that talk about it and in a good way.

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  2. It was such a pleasure to have worked with you to create this beautiful post, I think it’s wonderful to share each experience and thoughts. I’m going to check the other books that I haven’t read, they sound incredible. Thanks for everything ❤️

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