It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time for another Top 5 Wednesday and this week’s topic is Diverse Characters. Top 5 Wednesday was created by gingerreadslainey and anyone can join, even you reading this right now; all you have to do is join the goodreads group. And now I’m going to dive into my favorite books that have diverse characters in them.
The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie – I read this back in university for my Adolescent Lit course and it was definitely one of my favorites where required reading is concerned. I loved the detail that Alexie delved into in explaining life on an Indian Reservation for a teenage Indian who also goes to a school off the reservation that has mostly white kids. He also tackles alcoholism and other sensitive topics so believably well.
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell – Both Park and Eleanor are such an unlikely match, as well as these two oddball characters that end up falling into each other’s lives in the best possible way. I also love that neither one of them is seen as attractive, nor are they popular. This truly is a perfect book written about misfits for misfits.
Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon – While Olly seems like your typical smart and attractive pretty boy, Madeline is unique. She’s half asian and half black, sure, but she also has a rare disease that causes her to be allergic to everything. It’s for this reason that she’s forced to remain indoors for her whole life. There’s also quite the plot twist at the end that completely throws Madeline a curveball.
Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling – All of the books include side characters of different nationalities. Dean is black and muggleborn; Cho is asian, though I’m not sure if she’s pureblood or mixed or muggleborn; and Hermione is the smartest witch of their class, yet she has buck teeth and frizzy hair and she’s also a muggleborn. Also, the way the werewolves are treated in the Wizarding World makes Remus a diverse character (and one of my favorite at that).
Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan – This book as a full cast of diverse characters and it’s also told from a unique perspective of characters from the gay community that passed away from HIV/AIDS in the 1980s. There’s even a trans character on top of the handful of gay characters there are. Plus, Levithan is just one of the best GBLTQ authors that there currently is in the book market.