Top Ten Tuesday (14): Books I'd Recommend To My Teenage Self

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Happy Tuesday, all!

I hope you're all doing well and that your weeks are going okay.
Today's Top Ten Tuesday prompt is "Books I Wish I Had Read As A Child". I thought it was an interesting topic so I thought I'd join in, but make this list about books that I could have benefited from as a teenager.

Here's my list:

There's Something About Sweetie (Dimple and Rishi, #2) What I Like About Me When Dimple Met Rishi (Dimple and Rishi, #1)

There's Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon
This book holds a very special place in my heart. I've struggled with my weight and body image since I was very young and I think a story like this that chronicles the story of a fat teenager thriving in her life could have really been the boost of confidence I needed.

What I Like About Me by Jena Guillame
Another wonderful book about a teenager struggling with her body image truly learning to accept herself. I loved Maisie's voice and I know teen me would have loved every word of this story.

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Another Sandhya Menon book! Growing up, a lot of the YA books I read featured white main characters. So to see a cover with a beautiful brown girl like on When Dimple Met Rishi would have brought me so much joy. Brown girls deserve their HEAs too and Sandhya Menon shows that beautifully with this book.

My So-Called Bollywood Life Love From A to Z 23617206. sy475

My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma
Another lovely contemporary romance that features two brown teenagers in love. Teen Nick would have absolutely devoured this with a giant grin on her face (just as 24-year-old Nick did!)

Love from A to Z by S.K Ali
Love from A to Z is a story I loved from start to end. I loved that it featured Muslim teens, but mostly I connected deeply with the characters. I think a young me would have enjoyed this story a lot.

Phantom Limbs by Paula Garner
This is one of the best books about friendship, first love, and grief that I have read. The friendship, in particular, was so beautifully written.

The Hate U Give Dear Martin (Dear Martin, #1) I'll Meet You There

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
The Hate U Give is to this day one of the most powerful and memorable books I've read. As a non-American, I didn't truly understand the nuances of racial politics in the US until I read this book. I think it would have been a valuable knowledge-source for a younger me. Definitely a book I constantly recommend.

Dear Martin by Nic Stone
Dear Martin is another gorgeous story about race in America. It's a work of art and packs such an emotional punch.

I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
Oof, this book. I just remember sitting there not knowing what to do with my life after I finished reading it. It was very poignant and had a heart-aching romance. The romantic in young-me would finish this in one sitting.

Ayesha at Last

Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin
Ayesha at Last is the only romance novel I'm including in this recommendation list to my teen-self because it's a Pride & Prejudice retelling. I was a sucker for P&P when I first read it as a young girl so I know I would have loved reading this version which features a brown cast.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and Bookish and is hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl.

Have you read any of these books? Which books would you have loved as teenagers?
Let me know in the comments below!

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