“Does my body offend you?” + More Latinx YA books released in 2022

We’re about a quarter of the way to 2022, and a whole slew of books by Latinx authors have already come out this year, including tons of kids’ picture books and middle-level books that our kids love. . That said, the young adult genre is one where up-and-coming young Latinx authors have been making major inroads for several years now, and this year was no exception. There are literally dozens of Latinx YA novels coming out in 2022, including a number that we really can’t wait to not just pick up for our kids, but to read to ourselves.

It’s absolutely exciting to see our faces, names and stories line the shelves, especially when our children can relate to them too. When we were younger, it was incredibly rare to see us represented in literature, and for that reason alone, we will always celebrate the pioneering, courageous, and impactful work of Latinx authors. While there are more to come later in the year, here are 13 of the Latinx YA novels by authors like Laeken Zea Kemp, Lizz Huerta, and Anna-Marie McLemore we’re excited about in 2022.

The rotating tip by Vanessa L. Torres

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Photo: Penguin Random House

Release date: February 22, 2022

The premise of The rotating tip by Vanessa L. Torres is about a young Latinx dancer from the Midwest in the 1980s, as she strives to become the lead dancer in her studio. Desperate to meet singing sensation Prince, her ballet master father allows her to audition for a chance to audition for him, and after meeting another more free-spirited dancer, she decides it’s time to audition. come out of its shell.

The lost dreamer by Lizz Huerta

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Photo: Macmillan

Release date: March 1, 2022

The long-awaited children’s novel, The lost dreamer by author Lizz Huerta, was released in early March. It is a magnificent book in the fantasy genre that is steeped in Indigenous history and spirituality. The book is about a young girl from a long line of seers, who comes into its own just as a new king decides he wants to get rid of his people. The story travels between the ancient world and the present day to deliver a tale that celebrates the strength of women and the challenges we face struggling against the norms of a patriarchal society.

Lore Lake by Anna-Marie McLemore

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Photo: Macmillan

Release date: March 8, 2022

Lore Lake by Anna-Marie McLemore revisits the fantasy genre by focusing on two non-binary teenagers who find themselves in a magical underwater world. Both have secrets that threaten to be revealed when the underwater world begins to come to the surface, and although they don’t know each other well at all, they must trust each other in order to keep the things they do a secret. they want.

beast boys by Monica Zepeda

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Photo: Lee & Low Books

Release date: April 12, 2022

Monica Zepeda’s first novel, beast boys, promises to be a really interesting story that follows three very different men on a road trip across the country. They are cousins ​​who know very little about each other, but who will soon learn more about each other – and themselves – than they could have imagined. The story is told from the perspective of all three characters and provides in-depth insight into each of them and what it will take to pursue their dreams.

Symphony of sorrow by Laekan Zea Kemp

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Photo: Hachette Book Group

Release date: April 5, 2022

Symphony of sorrow by Laekan Zea Kemp is about a love story between two young Latin musicians trying to overcome grief, fear, doubt and the expectations of their families. It sounds like exactly the kind of quick, introspective, relatable read we could binge on in no time. Will their first loves help them find the courage to fight for what they want? We hope. Honestly, just based on the synopsis, we’d love to see a film adaptation made from it.

Does my body offend you? by Mayra Cuevas and Marie Marquart

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Photo: Penguin Random House

Release date: April 5, 2022

The long-awaited novel Mayra Cuevas and Marie Marquet, Does my body offend you?, is empowering reading for young Latinas coming to terms with their changing bodies. It’s about a teenager who recently moved from Puerto Rico to Florida and finds herself humiliated by the school administration when she shows up without a bra. An outspoken feminist befriends her, and unexpectedly, they end up leading a rebellion against the sexist status quo.

Flirt with fate by JC Cervantes

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Photo: Little Penguin

Release date: April 19, 2022

A sweet, fun and lively YA romance, bestselling author JC Cervantes’, Flirt with fate, tells the story of a girl who has a car accident on her way to her grandmother’s deathbed. She believes she missed the magical blessing that is usually passed on to the women of her family by every passing matriarch, but soon learns that the boy she had the accident with received the blessing instead, and she realizes that she needs to reconnect with him. if there is any hope of getting it back.

Ghosts of Rose Hill by R. M. Romero

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Release date: May 3, 2022

RM Romero’s Ghosts of Rose Hill is steeped in folklore. It is the story of a Jewish-Latina who is sent to live with her aunt in Prague. There, she discovers a long-lost cemetery where she encounters the ghost of a boy she unexpectedly falls in love with. When a mysterious stranger offers to give her magic so she can be with her ghost and pursue her passion for playing the violin without being hampered by her family’s expectations, she is tempted, but soon learns that the stranger may be a bit more sinister than her. thought.

Cafe Con Lychee by Emery Lee

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Photo: Harper Collins Publishers

Release date: May 10, 2022

Dare we say it, a groundbreaking teen rom-com from Emery Lee, is the adorable story of not only multi-ethnic love, but also multi-ethnic LGBTQ+ love. We’re all about representation from every angle, and we love that this story might just help some young people feel seen, worthy, and validated. It’s about two teenagers who grew up together – though they never got along very well – both bound by family duty. When they decide to work together to save their family’s businesses, they end up dealing with feelings they never expected.

Just your local bisexual disaster by Andrea Mosqueda

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Photo: Macmillan

Release date: May 24, 2022

Just your local bisexual disaster by Andrea Mosqueda is the story of a Texas teenager who knows she’s different, but is generally happy. Things get complicated, however, when she has to choose an escort for her sister’s quinceañera, and she realizes that her sexuality and romantic relationships might indeed present bigger problems as she sinks deeper into her future, and realizes that if she doesn’t fully embrace who she is, she can be worse off for it.

The Lesbian’s Guide to Catholic School by Sonora Reyes

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Photo: Balzer + Bray

Release date: May 17, 2022

The next novel by Sonora Reyes, A Lesbian’s Guide to Catholic School, tells the story of a queer Mexican-American teenager who opens a brand new, mostly white school. In an effort to fit in and stay out of trouble, she decides she’s going to make sure no one finds out she’s gay. The only problem is that she quickly falls in love, which threatens to get her into trouble when she falls for the only “out” lesbian at her new school.

What is happening to me by Francesca Padilla

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Photo: Soho Teen

Release date: August 2, 2022

On the grittier side, author Francesca Padilla What is happening to me, is an action-packed novel about a teenage girl forced into a job at an ice cream shop she hates, after her mother is hospitalized, leaving her to fend for herself. When the ice cream shop is robbed, she sees a way out and sets out to find money that she thinks is hidden somewhere on the property, which also has the added benefit of helping her get revenge. of his misogynistic boss.

That’s why they hate us by Aaron H. Aceves

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Photo: Simon & Schuster

Release date: August 23, 2022

Did we mention we love a teen romance? It is why they hate us by Aaron H. Aceves, is the perfect late-summer beach read. It’s about a teenager who has a crush on his best friend, with almost no hope of it being reciprocated. Desperate to get over him, he decides to find a summer adventure. The problem is… only one person knows he’s gay! Still, he pursues several flirtatious guys, only to realize that his plan may have been flawed from the start.

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