Twelve Days of…Latinx Book Recommendations: Day 2

This “Christmassy” series is brought to you by my love of books by Latinx authors and my need for all of you to read them. Every day for twelve days leading up to Christmas, I will be gifting you all with a recommendation of a book by a Latinx author, along with twelve reasons why you should pick it up. Hoping to have lots of fun with with series which I am not so subtly calling Twelve Days of… Latinx Book Recommendations. Simultaneously, I will also be posting a Christmas-inspired book photo of these recommendations on my Instagram, which you can check out here. Covers are linked to Goodreads. Feel free to sing this first part to yourself aloud.

♬On the second day of Christmas, my favorite Latinx blogger gave to me, a recommendation for…♬

The Moon Within by Aida Salazar

      “Celi Rivera’s life swirls with questions. About her changing body. Her first attraction to a boy. And her best friend’s exploration of what it means to be genderfluid.
    But most of all, her mother’s insistence she have a moon ceremony when her first period arrives. It’s an ancestral Mexica ritual that Mima and her community have reclaimed, but Celi promises she will NOT be participating. Can she find the power within herself to take a stand for who she wants to be?
      A dazzling story told with the sensitivity, humor, and brilliant verse of debut talent Aida Salazar.”

Reasons You Need to Pick This One Up:

1. Novel in verse
2. Unapologetic discussion surrounding menstruation
3. Coming of age MG novel
4. Gender identity
5. Gender identity as it intertwines with Indigenous roots
6. Exploration of cultural heritage
7. Reclaiming lost rituals
8. Multicultural/biracial MC
9. Both the flutters and sting of a first crush
10. Important mother-daughter relationship
11. Dance and music as an expression of cultural heritage
12. Beautifully written

Have you read this one? Are you planning to read it? Do you enjoy novels in verse?

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