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5 Diverse Books You Should Start Reading

Plus, why it's important and why it matters.

The book community has changed throughout the years and indeed in great ways. Diverse books have been dominating the scene lately and everyone is happy about it.

Reading diverse books has the ability to empower the readers who think that they are invisible and unwanted. Why is it important, you ask? Because it is relevant! The world doesn't only tell us a single story. It is full of different voices waiting to be heard. It can inspire readers to redefine themselves and bring out the best in them, tell them not to be ashamed of who they are and where they come from.

It's important that we can learn diversity through books so that we can listen to different voices and see different worlds. We need to read diverse books because the stories in them mirror our world and we all deserve to see our reflection, share our stories, and let our voices be heard.

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Here are a few books that you can start with that might resonate with you or even change your life. 

  1. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this debut novel by Angie Thomas is about a girl named Starr Carter who lives in a poor neighborhood and attends a fancy suburban prep school. But one fatal accident changed it all—a police officer killed her childhood best friend Khalil who was unarmed and Starr was the sole witness to this incident. Things started to change around her neighborhood, people tried to call her friend a thug and maybe even a drug dealer. What everyone wants to know is: what really happened that night? And the only person who can answer that is Starr. Telling the truth may risk everything that she has but she's determined to give her friend justice.

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  1. History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

Adam Silvera's latest novel introduces us to a more intense and gripping story about Griffin, who recently lost his ex-boyfriend Theo, in an accident that caused his world to turn upside down. The only thing he can do now is recover from this heartbreak that he's feeling but there's only one person who truly understands his heartache and it's Jackson, Theo's most recent boyfriend. They formed quite a complicated bond with each other but it somehow relieved the pain they once felt. This book is all about being in love, how it feels to lose someone you truly love, and finding yourself again and putting back those puzzle pieces of your life once more.

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  1. Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

Samantha McAllister is in high school and she's one of those popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath all the beauty of her life is a secret that her friends would never understand. Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD that somehow is taking over her life until she was introduced to the people from the Poet's Corner, a tight-knit group of misfits that makes her feels "normal" whenever she's around them. This story is all about Sam dealing with her so called "friends" and how it is to have mental illness in high school that you tend to hide from everybody.

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  1. The Upside Of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. She has her own fair share of them—26 crushes to be exact but never really had a boyfriend. Molly is totally afraid of rejection. One thing that holds her back is that she always thinks that "fat girls always have to be careful." Then her twin sister gets a girlfriend who happens to be friends with a couple of cute boys and one of them caught Molly's interest, hence adding one more to her long list of unrequited love. Or will she? And then she meets her new co-worker who is a bit nerdy and she knows to herself that liking him won't be an option. Right?

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  1. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

This YA romantic comedy is about two Indian-American teens whose parents arranged them to be married. Dimple's family is very intact with their traditions and culture even if she wants to do things her way: follow her dreams and become successful in her career. But that didn't stop her parents from setting her up with Rishi who knows everything about the arrangement. This book is basically them crossing paths with each other and finding love in the most unexpected ways possible.

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What are your favorite diverse books? Let us know in the comments so we can add them to this list!

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"Today, I Won"

I always caught feelings for someone, and hoped so much that one day there could a thing between the two of us. I'm usually the one that makes the effort to buy and/or make cute gifts, chats them every other day, and stays up all night with him.

When I was 16, my childhood crush suddenly came back into my life. We'd constantly send updates to each other, recommend favorite songs and talk even the most random things. He'd even text me as early as 6 to just greet me good morning almost everyday. I hoped so much that when I confessed, he suddenly stopped talking to me.

For short, he ghosted me. Those 6 months I spent talking to him, allotting my time for him, and staying up until 3 am for him - all gone in a simple confession. Although I had a few crushes before him, he's the only one that got me in real pain. It was the kind of pain that I never thought I'd experience. It was the kind of pain that I couldn't believe.

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After 7 years (it happened back in 2017), I thought he came back into my life to stay, but I guess he's just one of the guys who distanced. I felt a complete loser that time. But during this quarantine, everything was different. I caught feelings for someone else, but he treated me with the best kindness yet.

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It happened at 2 am, May 30, 2020, when I impulsively confessed my feelings through messaging him. After saying my feelings, he responded with genuine and kind words. We both even complimented each other. Although the feelings didn't reciprocate, I still found a connection that can't be replaced with any guy.

To my 16 year old self, here I am, 18 and happy. You may have felt that time was the biggest regret and loss, but I'm here to tell you, we won. Today, I won.

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Why our high school barkada is the best?

Remembering our high school years entails quite a lot reminiscing of the things we all been through when we were younger. You’ve experience a lot of new things during those 4 wonderful years and did most of them with the few people you consider your barkada. And through a series of all the lunch breaks you had together, the walks you took on the way home, and taking the same classes, you never thought you’d survive, you have made your life’s greatest friends.

Here are some of the reasons why your high school barkada is the best:

1. You figured out early teenage life together. The transition one have undergone from being a kid to a teenager wasn’t easy. For a moment you are not sure whether you should have played with your friends during recess or you should have just sat down and ate your food because you were too old for games. But whatever it is you chose to do, having friends who were as clueless as you make everything feel easier because you know, deep down, you’d figure things out eventually. You just need good company.

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2. They were with you during your “jeje“ days. I bet you have pictures taken with Camera360 and Retrica. You also have pictures edited using Pizap with embarrassing captions and you somehow kept some of them so you could have something to post online during their birthdays.

3. They know all your exes. They will never EVER forget the name of an ex-boyfriend, an ex-fling, an ex-crush, and an almost you had. They will remind you of your every questionable love decision but you’ll just laugh anyway while saying “Past is past”.

4. They never judge you. They have welcomed you to their lives when you thought jelly shoes and checkered polos were the bomb! They were quick to have told your teachers that you were not feeling well so you could go home when you really just needed to poop. You tell them every embarrassing story you have and were fine with it.

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5. You can always count on them. From the moment you first fell in love and the moment you first had your heart broken, they were with you. They were with you the moment you lost a parent and at moments when you thought you had nothing. Through every break-up and breakthrough, they were there to be your support system.

6. They are your family. Your high school friend’s family is your own family’s extension. Their parents are like your own. Don’t you feel a little kilig whenever your friend’s parents call you “anak”? And then eventually calling them mama and papa became so natural? I felt that, all the time.

7. They will always be your home. They are your place of refuge and security, the place who offers you their hands when you feel lost and the place you run to when you need saving. No matter how much time and distance separate you, they will be the one’s that you always long for and they are the one’s that you will always return to.

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