Hey everyone! I'm here today with a rather short post, but one I hope you'll all find interesting and informational. Recently my best friend Belinda (@bookstorm) and I have decided to start a book club based on Instagram. This book club is going to be solely based on reading diverse books from diverse authors. As Asian-Americans, Belinda and I have seen the small amount (or lack thereof) of representation of ourselves in books today. And we wondered, "how many other people are feeling this way?" SO MANY! Because of this fact, we wanted to start a reading experience that would bring you up close and personal with the books that are reflective of EVERYONE. We hope that you'll join us in our mission to bring diverse books and diversity to Bookstagram!
So because we launched in mid January, we thought it would be nice to start reading in February. We had a lot of book choices to choose for next month but we had to narrow it down to only one book!
Our February Book Choice Is...
February is Black History Month! We thought it was imperative to choose a book that represents PoC and recognizes the vital role of African Americans in U.S. history.
I have to give it to Belinda because she was the one who suggested this book! After reading into this book, I was so excited about choosing it as our book choice.
"Well, no, actually, a lady tripping over Rashad at the store, making him drop a bag of chips, was what started it all. Because it didn’t matter what Rashad said next—that it was an accident, that he wasn’t stealing—the cop just kept pounding him. Over and over, pummeling him into the pavement. So then Rashad, an ROTC kid with mad art skills, was absent again…and again…stuck in a hospital room. Why? Because it looked like he was stealing. And he was a black kid in baggy clothes. So he must have been stealing.
And that’s how it started.
And that’s what Quinn, a white kid, saw. He saw his best friend’s older brother beating the daylights out of a classmate. At first Quinn doesn’t tell a soul…He’s not even sure he understands it. And does it matter? The whole thing was caught on camera, anyway. But when the school—and nation—start to divide on what happens, blame spreads like wildfire fed by ugly words like “racism” and “police brutality.” Quinn realizes he’s got to understand it, because, bystander or not, he’s a part of history. He just has to figure out what side of history that will be.
Rashad and Quinn—one black, one white, both American—face the unspeakable truth that racism and prejudice didn’t die after the civil rights movement. There’s a future at stake, a future where no one else will have to be absent because of police brutality. They just have to risk everything to change the world.
Cuz that’s how it can end."
- from the synopsis of the book
Authors of the Book
Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely everybody. Hearing the story of how these two authors were hit with the idea of writing this book makes me so incredibly excited to read it. They genuinely saw a problem and couldn't handle staying out of it anymore, they wanted to write a book about it. And writing, as we know these days, has the power to change minds and lives. I've read so many great things about this poignant and important book, and I JUST CANNOT WAIT TO READ IT AHHHH.
We hope you're interested in joining us as we read diverse books from month to month!