‘Not Your Sidekick’ gives us the bi, Asian American hero we all needed

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Happy October! There are so many reasons to celebrate this month: October is Filipino American Heritage Month and LGBT History Month! If you’re reading this in ~real time~, I’m likely with my mom at a Filipino arts exhibit at the Asian American Art Museum. Amidst all of this celebration, I’m so excited to share with you one of my favorite YA books of the past year – definitely something to pick up this special month. Read on for a tale of high school friendship, budding romance, and a spectacular cast of LGBT superhero teens!

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‘The Hate U Give’ is the book of our generation

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It’s good to be back in my blog happy place writing book reviews, and even better to be writing about this book.

Angie Thomas’s debut novel has received abundant critical praise; it’s held its ground on the New York Times Young Adult bestseller list since it came out in February. And because this is YA and you were wondering, casting for the movie adaptation is already underway.

I’m thrilled to add my thoughts on the book that I hope will be a cultural touchstone that defines this generation of new YA and, more importantly, YA readers.

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