TEENS AGAINST THE WORLD
Debut novelist Yamile Saied Méndez, author of FURIA, shares a selection of books that have at their cores a teen protagonist trying to overcome generational trauma imposed on them by society and their own families.
Jay returns to his family’s country of origin, The Philippines, to solve the mystery of his cousin’s murder, a victim of Duterte’s war on drugs.
Driven away from Mexico by poverty and violence, Chico, Pulga, and Pequeña set out for a new life in the United States on board of The Beast, in a tale of survival, hope, friendship, and love.
CJ is trapped between her family’s expectations and her own dreams, until she finds the courage to fight for them.
Lured by a famous R&B artist into a trap, Enchanted Jones finds herself in a vulnerable position and gets blamed for the violence committed against her. It’s a wonderful commentary on how society turns its back on girls and women who have no one but themselves to fight for each other.