But I didn’t want race to be the central of the story. It’s been my truth, certainly—and a truth I don’t see reflected often enough on the page.The publisher is offering a finished book giveaway to one of our readers (US only please)., Rose, the main character, is dealing with her mother’s deteriorating health and the looming possibility that she might have inherited the same devastating illness. Why also throw in sometimes fraught conversations about race between Rose, who is white, and her boyfriend Caleb, who’s black? That’s true for more and more teens all over the country, too.
Teen books about interracial dating
I’ll admit, I’ve never actually seen a couple that depicted any relationships I’ve been in (I, for one, am a dark skinned Black Cubana and most of the people I’ve dated have been white or mixed race Latinxs) or any couples that didn’t feature a non-white love interest (Cuz I mean Interracial doesn’t just mean dating white) but boy oh boy these are the covers that make me bargain my soul with bookstore owners promising them my first born child.
Compiling this list was loads of fun and while I spent all week working on it, I’m sure there were some that I missed.
Feel free to leave in the comments any books you know of that feature an Interracial pairing on the cover. Fighting is about a young woman who currently has no money, no job and her father won’t return her phone calls.
Cuz hey, my local bookstore is still taking the promise of my future children as payment and I totally need these books in my life! Stressed and in sore need of a good break, Oriana finds herself in a difficult position when her bossy little cousins tricks her back to their home country South Korea.
In this moment when diversity is finally getting the attention it deserves, and publishers and readers are discovering books that represent diverse cultures, I’d like to make mention of young adult novels that feature cross-cultural and/or interracial relationships. In my backstory construct of FORGIVEN, I imagined that Kula Baker’s great-grandmother was Alaskan Athabaskan, and married Kula’s Caucasian great-grandfather, who then brought her back to California.