22 YA Releases by Latinx Authors Coming (or Here!) in 2021

Posted March 12, 2021 by Amber in Bookish Things / 2 Comments

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Good morning everyone!

This post is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while – I rarely do book round-ups like this on my blog, largely because there are so many out there in general, and partially because I’m a little intimidated by the formatting.  Nevertheless, I really wanted to share some books by Latinx authors coming out this year.  The internet is abundant with lists of books by Black authors, books by LGBTQIAP+ authors, and with Shealea’s Year of the Asian Reading Challenge the past couple years, she curates an amazing collection of books by Asian authors.

Latinx authors don’t get as much spotlight.  They aren’t the only group whose books are a little more difficult to pinpoint, either (books by Indigenous authors are nigh impossible to find… so make sure to check out Firekeeper’s Daughter this month and prove that books by Native authors sell!!!).  For today, I’ve brought together a collections of 22 YA books by Latinx that are being published in 2021 – some of these have already come out, while others are still on their way.  If you missed any of these on your TBR, be sure to check them out and expand your reading of BIPOC authors!

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Meet Cute Diary by Emery LeeMeet Cute Diary

Emery Lee

Publication Date:  May 4th, 2021
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary, LGBTQIAP+, Young Adult

Felix Ever After meets Becky Albertalli in this swoon-worthy, heartfelt rom-com about how a transgender teen’s first love challenges his ideas about perfect relationships.

Noah Ramirez thinks he’s an expert on romance. He has to be for his popular blog, the Meet Cute Diary, a collection of trans happily ever afters. There’s just one problem—all the stories are fake. What started as the fantasies of a trans boy afraid to step out of the closet has grown into a beacon of hope for trans readers across the globe.

When a troll exposes the blog as fiction, Noah’s world unravels. The only way to save the Diary is to convince everyone that the stories are true, but he doesn’t have any proof. Then Drew walks into Noah’s life, and the pieces fall into place: Drew is willing to fake-date Noah to save the Diary. But when Noah’s feelings grow beyond their staged romance, he realizes that dating in real life isn’t quite the same as finding love on the page.

In this charming novel by Emery Lee, Noah will have to choose between following his own rules for love or discovering that the most romantic endings are the ones that go off script.

 

Find it on:  Goodreads, The StoryGraph, Bookshop.org

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Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun by Jonny Garza VillaFifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun

Jonny Garza Villa

Publication Date:  June 8th, 2021
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary, LGBTQIAP+, Young Adult

An #OwnVoices debut pitched as SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA meets ONE DAY AT A TIME, in a home where social conservatism, machismo, and masculine identity run deep, Corpus Christi, Texas high school senior Julián Luna is forced to keep his gay identity a secret. Jules’ only focus is laying low the next ten months and enjoying every moment he has left with his friends before college takes them on separate paths.

Completely doable.

Until Jules wakes up hungover and discovers he came out on Twitter in between tequila shots. In an instant, his entire life is thrown—literally—out the closet.

Helping him navigate the life that is openly gay Jules is Mat, a Twitter mutual from Los Angeles who slides into Jules’ DMs. He’s friendly, supportive, funny, and so attractive. He’s the first person Jules says the words “I’m gay” to. And, if he weren’t three states away, could definitely be Jules’ first boyfriend.

But a cute boy living halfway across the country can’t fix all Jules’ problems. There’s one thing he’ll have to face on his own: coming out to his homophobic father.

 

Find it on:  Goodreads, The StoryGraph, Bookshop.org

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Once Upon a Quinceañera by Monica Gomez-HiraOnce Upon a Quinceañera

Monica Gomez-Hira

Publication Date:  March 2nd, 2021
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary, LGBTQIAP+, Young Adult

An #OwnVoices debut pitched as SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA meets ONE DAY AT A TIME, in a home where social conservatism, machismo, and masculine identity run deep, Corpus Christi, Texas high school senior Julián Luna is forced to keep his gay identity a secret. Jules’ only focus is laying low the next ten months and enjoying every moment he has left with his friends before college takes them on separate paths.

Completely doable.

Until Jules wakes up hungover and discovers he came out on Twitter in between tequila shots. In an instant, his entire life is thrown—literally—out the closet.

Helping him navigate the life that is openly gay Jules is Mat, a Twitter mutual from Los Angeles who slides into Jules’ DMs. He’s friendly, supportive, funny, and so attractive. He’s the first person Jules says the words “I’m gay” to. And, if he weren’t three states away, could definitely be Jules’ first boyfriend.

But a cute boy living halfway across the country can’t fix all Jules’ problems. There’s one thing he’ll have to face on his own: coming out to his homophobic father.

 

Find it on:  Goodreads, The StoryGraph, Bookshop.org

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Shadow City by Francesca FloresShadow City (The City of Diamonds and Steel #2)

Francesca Flores

Publication Date:  January 26th, 2021
Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult

The stunning action-packed conclusion to The City of Diamond and Steel duology.

Aina Solís has fought her way to the top of criminal ranks in the city of Kosín by wresting control of an assassin empire owned by her old boss, Kohl. She never has to fear losing her home and returning to life on the streets again—except Kohl, the man who tried to ruin her life, will do anything to get his empire back. Aina sets out to kill him before he can kill her.

But Alsane Bautix, the old army general who was banned from his seat in the government after Aina revealed his corruption, is working to take back power by destroying anyone who stands in his way. With a new civil war on the horizon and all their lives at risk, the only way for Aina to protect her home is to join up with the only other criminal more notorious than her: Kohl himself.

As Bautix’s attacks increase, Aina and Kohl work together to stop his incoming weapons shipments and his plans to take back the Tower of Steel. To defeat them both, Aina will resort to betrayal, poison, and a deadly type of magic that hasn’t been used in years.

Through narrow alleys, across train rooftops, and deep in the city’s tunnels, Aina and Kohl will test each other’s strengths and limits, each of them knowing that once Bautix is dead, they’ll still have to face each other. If she manages to kill him, she’ll finally have the freedom she wants—but it might forever mark her as his shadow in a city where only the strongest survive.

 

Find it on:  Goodreads, The StoryGraph, Bookshop.org

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Perfectly Parvin by Olivia AbtahiPerfectly Parvin (Perfectly Parvin #1)

Olivia Abtahi

Publication Date:  May 18th, 2021
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

Fourteen-year-old Iranian-American Parvin Mohammadi sets out to win the ultimate date to homecoming in this heartfelt and outright hilarious debut.

Parvin has just had her heart broken when she meets the cutest boy at her new high school, Matty Fumero–with an emphasis on fumero, because he might be the smoking hot cure to all of her boy troubles. If Parvin can get Matty to ask her to homecoming, she’s positive it will erase all the awful and embarrassing feelings He Who Will Not Be Named left her with after the summer. The only problem is Matty is definitely too cool for bassoon-playing, frizzy-haired, Cheeto-eating Parvin. Since being herself has not worked for her in the past (see aforementioned relationship), she decides that to be the girl who finally gets the guy, she should start acting like the women in her favorite rom-coms. Those girls aren’t loud, they certainly don’t cackle when they laugh, and they smile much more than they talk. Easy enough, right?

But as Parvin struggles through her parent-mandated Farsi lessons on the weekends, a budding friendship with a boy she can’t help but be her unfiltered self with, and dealing with the ramifications of the Muslim Ban on her family in Iran, she realizes that being herself might just be the perfect thing after all.

 

Find it on:  Goodreads, The StoryGraph, Bookshop.org

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Muted by Tami CharlesMuted

Tami Charles

Publication Date:  February 2nd, 2021
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary, Young Adult

For seventeen-year-old Denver, music is everything. Writing, performing, and her ultimate goal: escaping her very small, very white hometown.

So Denver is more than ready on the day she and her best friends Dali and Shak sing their way into the orbit of the biggest R&B star in the world, Sean “Mercury” Ellis. Merc gives them everything: parties, perks, wild nights — plus hours and hours in the recording studio. Even the painful sacrifices and the lies the girls have to tell are all worth it.

Until they’re not.

Denver begins to realize that she’s trapped in Merc’s world, struggling to hold on to her own voice. As the dream turns into a nightmare, she must make a choice: lose her big break, or get broken.

Inspired by true events, Muted is a fearless exploration of the dark side of the music industry, the business of exploitation, how a girl’s dreams can be used against her — and what it takes to fight back.

 

Find it on:  Goodreads, The StoryGraph, Bookshop.org

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Fat Chance, Charlie Vega by Crystal Maldonado

Fat Chance, Charlie Vega

Crystal Maldonado

Publication Date:  February 2nd, 2021
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Young Adult

Charlie Vega is a lot of things. Smart. Funny. Artistic. Ambitious. Fat.

People sometimes have a problem with that last one. Especially her mom. Charlie wants a good relationship with her body, but it’s hard, and her mom leaving a billion weight loss shakes on her dresser doesn’t help. The world and everyone in it have ideas about what she should look like: thinner, lighter, slimmer-faced, straighter-haired. Be smaller. Be whiter. Be quieter.

But there’s one person who’s always in Charlie’s corner: her best friend Amelia. Slim. Popular. Athletic. Totally dope. So when Charlie starts a tentative relationship with cute classmate Brian, the first worthwhile guy to notice her, everything is perfect until she learns one thing–he asked Amelia out first. So is she his second choice or what? Does he even really see her? UGHHH. Everything is now officially a MESS.

A sensitive, funny, and painful coming-of-age story with a wry voice and tons of chisme, Fat Chance, Charlie Vega tackles our relationships to our parents, our bodies, our cultures, and ourselves.

 

Find it on:  Goodreads, The StoryGraph, Bookshop.org

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Simone Breaks All the Rules by Debbie RigaudSimone Breaks All The Rules (Simone Breaks All The Rules #1)

Debbie Rigaud

Publication Date:  June 3rd, 2021
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Young Adult

Late bloomers unite! This fresh and funny #ownvoices novel from rising star Debbie Rigaud is perfect for fans of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and Booksmart.

Simone Thibodeaux’s life is sealed in a boy-proof container.

Her strict Haitian immigrant parents enforce no-dating rules and curfews, and send Simone to an all-girls school. As for prom? Simone is allowed to go on one condition: her parents will select her date (a boy from a nice Haitian immigrant family, obviously).

Simone is desperate to avoid the humiliation of the set up — especially since she’s crushing on a boy she knows her parents wouldn’t approve of. With senior year coming to a close, Simone makes a decision. She and her fellow late-bloomer friends will create a Senior Year Bucket List of all the things they haven’t had a chance to do. On the list: kissing a boy, sneaking out of the house, skipping class (gasp!), and, oh yeah — choosing your own prom date.

But as the list takes on a life of its own, things get more complicated than Simone expected. She’ll have to discover which rules are worth breaking, and which will save her from heartbreak.

 

Find it on:  Goodreads, The StoryGraph, Bookshop.org

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Fire with Fire

Destiny Soria

Publication Date:  June 8th, 2021
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, LGBTQIAP+

Dani and Eden Rivera were both born to kill dragons, but the sisters couldn’t be more different. For Dani, dragon slaying takes a back seat to normal high school life, while Eden prioritizes training above everything else. Yet they both agree on one thing: it’s kill or be killed where dragons are concerned.

Until Dani comes face-to-face with one and forges a rare and magical bond with him. As she gets to know Nox, she realizes that everything she thought she knew about dragons is wrong. With Dani lost to the dragons, Eden turns to the mysterious and alluring sorcerers to help save her sister. Now on opposite sides of the conflict, the sisters will do whatever it takes to save the other. But the two are playing with magic that is more dangerous than they know, and there is another, more powerful enemy waiting for them both in the shadows.

 

Find it on:  Goodreads, The StoryGraph, Bookshop.org

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All These Warriors by Amy TinteraAll These Warriors (Monsters #2)

Amy Tintera

Publication Date:  July 13th, 2021
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction

In this highly anticipated conclusion to New York Times best-selling author Amy Tintera’s All These Monsters duology, Clara and Team Seven’s quest to expose the truth behind the scrab menace has them facing their biggest threat yet: their own demons. Perfect for fans of Warcross and Renegades.

When the world was crumbling, seventeen-year-old Clara fought back. She escaped her abusive home and joined Team Seven, a monster fighting squad of runaways and misfits formed to combat the scrabs terrorizing the planet. And after nearly dying in Paris, Clara and Team Seven discovered the sinister truth behind the scrab invasion. Scrabs aren’t just mindless monsters set on destruction. They’re being trained and weaponized by MDG, a private security firm hired by the government.

Now Clara and the rest of Team Seven have made it their mission to expose MDG. But no one said fighting for the truth would be easy. And as Clara and Team Seven find themselves at the center of a global conspiracy, they must face their biggest threat yet: their own demons.

 

Find it on:  Goodreads, The StoryGraph, Bookshop.org

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A Beautiful Doom by Laura PohlA Beautiful Doom (The Grimrose Girls #1)

Laura Pohl

Publication Date:  August 3rd, 2021
Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Thriller, Young Adult

The Descendants meets Pretty little liars.

Four troubled friends, One murdered girl… and a dark fate that may leave them all doomed.

After the mysterious death of their best friend, Ella, Yuki, and Rory are the talk of their elite school, Grimrose Académie. The police ruled it a suicide, but the trio are determined to find out what really happened.

When Nani Eszes arrives as their newest roommate, it sets into motion a series of events they couldn’t have imagined. As the girls retrace their friend’s last steps, they uncover dark secrets about themselves and their destinies, discovering they’re all cursed to repeat the brutal and gruesome endings to their stories until they can break the cycle.

This contemporary take on classic fairytales reimagines heroines as friends attending the same school. While investigating the murder of their best friend, they uncover connections to their ancient fairytale curses and attempt to forge their own fate before it’s too late.

 

Find it on:  Goodreads, The StoryGraph, Bookshop.org

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Infinity Reaper by Adam SilveraInfinity Reader (Infinity Cycle #2)

Adam Silvera

Publication Date:  March 2nd, 2021
Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult, LGBTQIAP+

Emil and Brighton Rey defied the odds. They beat the Blood Casters and escaped with their lives–or so they thought. When Brighton drank the Reaper’s Blood, he believed it would make him invincible, but instead the potion is killing him.

In Emil’s race to find an antidote that will not only save his brother but also rid him of his own unwanted phoenix powers, he will have to dig deep into the very past lives he’s trying to outrun. Though he needs the help of the Spell Walkers now more than ever, their ranks are fracturing, with Maribelle’s thirst for revenge sending her down a dangerous path.

Meanwhile, Ness is being abused by Senator Iron for political gain, his rare shifting ability making him a dangerous weapon. As much as Ness longs to send Emil a signal, he knows the best way to keep Emil safe from his corrupt father is to keep him at a distance.

The battle for peace is playing out like an intricate game of chess, and as the pieces on the board move into place, Emil starts to realize that he may have been competing against the wrong enemy all along.

 

Find it on:  Goodreads, The StoryGraph, Bookshop.org

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The Mirror Season by Anna-Marie McLemoreThe Mirror Season

Anna-Marie McLemore

Publication Date:  March 16th, 2021
Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult, Magical Realism

When two teens discover that they were both sexually assaulted at the same party, they develop a cautious friendship through her family’s possibly-magical pastelería, his secret forest of otherworldly trees, and the swallows returning to their hometown, in Anna-Marie McLemore’s The Mirror Season

Graciela Cristales’ whole world changes after she and a boy she barely knows are assaulted at the same party. She loses her gift for making enchanted pan dulce. Neighborhood trees vanish overnight, while mirrored glass appears, bringing reckless magic with it. And Ciela is haunted by what happened to her, and what happened to the boy whose name she never learned.

But when the boy, Lock, shows up at Ciela’s school, he has no memory of that night, and no clue that a single piece of mirrored glass is taking his life apart. Ciela decides to help him, which means hiding the truth about that night. Because Ciela knows who assaulted her, and him. And she knows that her survival, and his, depend on no one finding out what really happened.

 

Find it on:  Goodreads, The StoryGraph, Bookshop.org

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Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden ThomasLost in the Never Woods

Aiden Thomas

Publication Date:  March 23rd, 2021
Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult

It’s been five years since Wendy and her two brothers went missing in the woods, but when the town’s children start to disappear, the questions surrounding her brothers’ mysterious circumstances are brought back into light. Attempting to flee her past, Wendy almost runs over an unconscious boy lying in the middle of the road, and gets pulled into the mystery haunting the town.

Peter, a boy she thought lived only in her stories, claims that if they don’t do something, the missing children will meet the same fate as her brothers. In order to find them and rescue the missing kids, Wendy must confront what’s waiting for her in the woods.

 

Find it on:  Goodreads, The StoryGraph, Bookshop.org

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Cazadora by Romina GarberCazadora (Wolves of No World #2)

Romina Garber

Publication Date:  August 17th, 2021
Genres: Fiction, Young Adult

In Cazadora, the follow-up to Lobizona, Romina Garber continues to weave Argentine folklore and real-world issues into a haunting, fantastical, and romantic story that will reunite readers with Manu and her friends as they continue to fight for a better future.

 

Find it on:  Goodreads, The StoryGraph, Bookshop.org

 

 

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Oculta by Maya MotayneOculta (A Forgery of Magic #2)

Maya Motayne

Publication Date:  April 6th, 2021
Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult

After joining forces to save Castallan from an ancient magical evil, Alfie and Finn haven’t seen each other in months. Alfie is finally stepping up to his role as heir and preparing for an International Peace Summit, while Finn is travelling and revelling in her newfound freedom from Ignacio.

That is, until she’s unexpectedly installed as the new leader of one of Castallan’s powerful crime families. Now one of the four Thief Lords of Castallan, she’s forced to preside over the illegal underground Oculta competition, which coincides with the summit and boasts a legendary prize.

Just when Finn finds herself back in San Cristobal, Alfie’s plans are also derailed. Los Toros, the mysterious syndicate responsible for his brother’s murder, has resurfaced—and their newest target is the summit. And when these events all unexpectedly converge, Finn and Alfie are once again forced to work together to follow the assassins’ trail and preserve Castallan’s hopes for peace with Englass.

But will they be able to stop these sinister foes before a new war threatens their kingdom?

 

Find it on:  Goodreads, The StoryGraph, Bookshop.org

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The Mary Shelley Club by Goldy MoldavskyThe Mary Shelley Club

Goldy Moldavsky

Publication Date:  April 13th, 2021
Genres: Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult

New girl Rachel Chavez is eager to make a fresh start at Manchester Prep. But as one of the few scholarship kids, Rachel struggles to fit in, and when she gets caught up in a prank gone awry, she ends up with more enemies than friends.

To her surprise, however, the prank attracts the attention of the Mary Shelley Club, a secret club of students with one objective: come up with the scariest prank to orchestrate real fear. But as the pranks escalate, the competition turns cutthroat and takes on a life of its own.

When the tables are turned and someone targets the club itself, Rachel must track down the real-life monster in their midst . . . even if it means finally confronting the dark secrets from her past.

 

Find it on:  Goodreads, The StoryGraph, Bookshop.org

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Illusionary by Zoraida CordovaIllusionary (Hollow Crown #2)

Zoraida Córdova

Publication Date:  May 11th, 2021
Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult

Reeling from betrayal at the hands of the Whispers, Renata Convida is a girl on the run. With few options and fewer allies, she’s reluctantly joined forces with none other than Prince Castian, her most infuriating and intriguing enemy. They’re united by lofty goals: find the fabled Knife of Memory, kill the ruthless King Fernando, and bring peace to the nation. Together, Ren and Castian have a chance to save everything, if only they can set aside their complex and intense feelings for each other.

With the king’s forces on their heels at every turn, their quest across Puerto Leones and beyond leaves little room for mistakes. But the greatest danger is within Ren. The Gray, her fortress of stolen memories, has begun to crumble, threatening her grip on reality. She’ll have to control her magics–and her mind–to unlock her power and protect the Moria people once and for all.

For years, she was wielded as weapon. Now it’s her time to fight back.

 

Find it on:  Goodreads, The StoryGraph, Bookshop.org

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Written in Moonlight by Isabel IbanezWritten In Starlight (Woven In Moonlight #2)

Isabel Ibañez

Publication Date:  January 26th, 2021
Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult

If the jungle wants you, it will have you…

Catalina Quiroga is a Condesa without a country. She’s lost the Inkasisa throne, the loyalty of her people, and her best friend. Banished to the perilous Yanu Jungle, Catalina knows her chances of survival are slim, but that won’t stop her from trying to escape. It’s her duty to reclaim the throne.

When Manuel, the son of her former general, rescues Catalina from a jaguar, a plan forms. Deep in the jungle, the city of gold is hidden, home to the fierce Illari people, who she could strike an alliance with.

But the elusive Illari are fighting a battle of their own—a mysterious blight is corrupting the jungle, laying waste to everything they hold dear. As a seer, Catalina should be able to help, but her ability to read the future in the stars is as feeble as her survival instincts. While searching for the Illari, Catalina must reckon with her duty and her heart to find her true calling, which could be the key to stopping the corruption before it destroys the jungle completely.

 

Find it on:  Goodreads, The StoryGraph, Bookshop.org

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Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet by Laekan Sea KempSomewhere Between Bitter and Sweet

Laeken Zea Kemp

Publication Date:  April 6th, 2021
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

As an aspiring pastry chef, Penelope Prado has always dreamed of opening her own pastelería next to her father’s restaurant, Nacho’s Tacos. But her mom and dad have different plans — leaving Pen to choose between disappointing her traditional Mexican-American parents or following her own path. When she confesses a secret she’s been keeping, her world is sent into a tailspin. But then she meets a cute new hire at Nacho’s who sees through her hard exterior and asks the questions she’s been too afraid to ask herself.

Xander Amaro has been searching for home since he was a little boy. For him, a job at Nacho’s is an opportunity for just that — a chance at a normal life, to settle in at his abuelo’s, and to find the father who left him behind. But when both the restaurant and Xander’s immigrant status are threatened, he will do whatever it takes to protect his new found family and himself.

Together, Pen and Xander must navigate first love and discovering where they belong — both within their families and their fiercely loyal Chicanx community — in order to save the place they all call home.

 

Find it on:  Goodreads, The StoryGraph, Bookshop.org

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One of the Good Ones by Maritza Moulite and Maika MouliteOne of the Good Ones

Maritza Moulite, Mika Moulite

Publication Date:  January 5th, 2021
Genres: Fiction, LGBTQIAP+. Race

The Hate U Give meets Get Out in this honest and powerful exploration of prejudice in the stunning novel from sister-writer duo Maika and Maritza Moulite, authors of Dear Haiti, Love Alaine.

ISN’T BEING HUMAN ENOUGH?

When teen social activist and history buff Kezi Smith is killed under mysterious circumstances after attending a social justice rally, her devastated sister Happi and their family are left reeling in the aftermath. As Kezi becomes another immortalized victim in the fight against police brutality, Happi begins to question the idealized way her sister is remembered. Perfect. Angelic.

One of the good ones.

Even as the phrase rings wrong in her mind—why are only certain people deemed worthy to be missed?—Happi and her sister Genny embark on a journey to honor Kezi in their own way, using an heirloom copy of The Negro Motorist Green Book as their guide. But there’s a twist to Kezi’s story that no one could’ve ever expected—one that will change everything all over again.

 

Find it on:  Goodreads, The StoryGraph, Bookshop.org

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What's Mine and Yours by Naima CosterWhat’s Mine and Yours

Naima Coster

Publication Date:  March 2nd, 2021
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary

A community in the Piedmont of North Carolina rises in outrage as a county initiative draws students from the largely Black east side of town into predominantly white high schools on the west. For two students, Gee and Noelle, the integration sets off a chain of events that will tie their two families together in unexpected ways over the span of the next twenty years.

On one side of the integration debate is Jade, Gee’s steely, ambitious mother. In the aftermath of a harrowing loss, she is determined to give her son the tools he’ll need to survive in America as a sensitive, anxious, young Black man. On the other side is Noelle’s headstrong mother, Lacey May, a white woman who refuses to see her half-Latina daughters as anything but white. She strives to protect them as she couldn’t protect herself from the influence of their charming but unreliable father, Robbie.

When Gee and Noelle join the school play meant to bridge the divide between new and old students, their paths collide, and their two seemingly disconnected families begin to form deeply knotted, messy ties that will shape the trajectory of their adult lives. And their mothers-each determined to see her child inherit a better life-will make choices that will haunt them for decades to come.

As love is built and lost, and the past never too far behind, What’s Mine and Yours is an expansive, vibrant tapestry that moves between the years, from the foothills of North Carolina, to Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Paris. It explores the unique organism that is every family: what breaks them apart and how they come back together.

 

Find it on:  Goodreads, The StoryGraph, Bookshop.org

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And there you have it!  22 new or upcoming YA books by Latinx authors this year. I know some of these are, individually, being well published (Lost in the Never Woods is all over my social media feeds), but I hope you also found a few books in this list that sounded interesting that maybe you’ve never heard of before!

As always, please take time to seek out and read more diversely.  I know in my own journey it’s been more difficult than anticipated to balance non-white authors with the Mount Everest-sized stack of available books by white authors, so I hope this list helps you diversify your TBRs a little and I hope you discover a new author you love!

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Are there any great Latinx 2021 releases I missed this in list?  Please share in the comments!  I’d love to add them to my TBR.

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2 responses to “22 YA Releases by Latinx Authors Coming (or Here!) in 2021

    • Amber

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the list Cristina! I know it’s not much, but any visibility helps. 😊 I may start compiling lists like these more often, particularly for Latinx, Indian, Muslim, and Indigenous authors… it’s a bit harder to identify #OwnVoices books in each of those group, at least for me!