Diverse Book Recommendations


By Chloe Els: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng is proof that books don’t have to be old to be worthy of being called “classics.” Written in a restrained and simple style reminiscent of Hemingway’s (only less misogynistic), Everything I Never Told You tells the story of a Chinese-American family in 1970s Ohio whose lives are turned upside down when their favorite daughter, Lydia, is found dead at the bottom of a lake. Immediately, an investigation ensues to find the culprit of this heinous crime. But, as the family is forced to analyze the series of events that led to Lydia’s death, they are also forced to further examine themselves. Being a mixed-race family in the 70s presents a series of challenges that threaten to tear the family apart. Now, the question is, can they keep it together long enough to solve the mystery of Lydia’s death? Or will their differences finally destroy them?

The book is excellent. It’s gripping, unpredictable, and, most importantly, a nice break from school books because of its modern tone and the fact that it’s less than 300 pages. However, its length doesn’t prevent it from making insightful commentary of the American family structure and further defining what it means to be a modern classic.

By Isabelle Benson: Six of Crows is the first book of a duology by Leigh Bardugo. It follows the events of six teenagers from a fictional city called Ketterdam. Inspired by Dutch-Republic-era Amsterdam, the city is a dark and dirty world of thieves and mercenaries. Among them is the infamous thief prodigy, Kaz Brekker. When he is given the opportunity of a lifetime, he recruits an unusual team to execute an impossible mission: an assortment of thieves, sharpshooters, and magicians who are one step from killing each other. Will these deadly people be able to work together, or will they destroy everything Kaz has worked for? Whether your passion is for adventure, fantasy, or both, Six of Crows is an action packed adventure. I highly recommend it to any and all who like dark magic, mischief, and a bit of law breaking. If you check any of those boxes, this is a good book for you.