Authors: Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Books like this are the reason I still read so much YA lit. Dash & Lily is my favorite of the three Cohn/Levithan collaborations to date. It's a really fun read with a great cast of characters, following two Manhattan teens on winter break as they trade notes and challenges via a red Moleskine notebook that they leave in various places around the city. Funny, articulate, and sweetly insightful.
Title: Nothing But the Truth (and a few white lies)
Authors: Justina Chen Headley
Nothing But the Truth is a story of self-discovery for a fifteen-year-old hapa (half Asian, half white) girl who gets shipped off to Stanford math camp for the summer. I feel like it did a pretty good job of capturing the issues that mixed kids face. A lot of things about this story were very near and dear to my heart. I can't think of many hapa characters, especially protagonists, in fiction today, and I appreciate Headley's writing a character who's relatable both for her cultural background and as a regular teenage girl.
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