Another wonderful element of the autumn season is that it coincides with Hispanic Heritage month, which runs from September 15th-October 15th. In recent years I’ve seen so much for Latinx/Hispanic representation in YA and Adult novels and it’s something that I try to stay on top of, aiming for at least 10% of the books I read each year to feature Latinx protagonists/be written by Latinx authors. As a biracial, Latinx woman (my mother’s side of the family is from El Salvador) I love seeing representation of Latinx culture in the books I’m reading, and wish it had been as prevalent when I was a child/teen. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, I’m rounding up my 8 favorite Latinx stories that I’d highly recommend!
If you’re looking for a romance with Latinx protagonists from different backgrounds…This Train is Being Held is the perfect fit!
If you’re looking to be made HUNGRY…With the Fire on High, A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow, and Salty, Bitter, Sweet are all mouthwatering stories, and as a bonus, they all feature traveling abroad too!
If you’re looking to laugh…Dear Haiti, Love Alaine will remind you of reading notes from your best friend.
If you’re looking for something darker…We Set the Dark on Fire is a dystopian with shades of The Handmaid’s Tale with its own unique spin.
I hope some of these have caught your eye and that you’re able to support Latinx stories and authors no matter what time of the year it is! Let me know some of your other favorite Latinx YA stories in the comments!