May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. To celebrate, today we're highlighting some of our favorite Asian American and Pacific Islander authors!
Girl Overboard by Justina Chen. Syrah's the daughter of a global tycoon and from the outside it looks like a charmed life. After a snowboarding accident busts her knee, Syrah's lost the one place she felt free and like herself. But, with her new found fame, she'll finally be able to confront some messed up family dynamics and discover what's been hidden in the past.
First Daughter: Extreme American Makeover by Mitali Perkins. When Sameera's father runs for President, she's suddenly thrust into the public eye. She likes the first part of the makeover-- suddenly the 16-year-old no longer looks 12, but then they change her nickname from Sparrow to Sammy. They also take over her blog, making her out to be some shallow-every teen. Can the adopted Pakistani daughter of a white Republican prove she's as American as they come while still being herself? Be sure to also read the sequel, First Daughter: White House Rules.
Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz. These vampires aren't just the rich children of New York's elite, but they actually embody fallen angels-- those that left Heaven with Lucifer, but changed their minds before entering Hell. Plenty of mean girl politics, entangled romances, and an alternate explanation for large portions of history make this long-running series smart and fun. The second is Masquerade.
The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han. Belly lives for the summers, which she spends at the beach with her family and another family. This summer though, the boys have grown, and Belly has, too. This summer, everything's different, even though Belly wishes it would stay the same. The first in a trilogy, follow it with It's Not Summer Without You.
She's So Money by Cherry Cheva. The one time Maya's parents leave her in charge of the resteraunt, she messes up. It was a rough night so she and her brother decide to go home and then clean up in the morning only to find the health department has already been there. She knows her parents can't afford the fine, so Maya has to raise $10,000 in only 6 weeks. So she starts doing homework for cash. Soon, it turns into a major operation-- she has a staff and everything, but it's also getting completely out of control.
Seeing Emily by Joyce Lee Wong. Emily falls in love with the new boy at school, but he has a thing for Asian chicks and wants her to be his geisha (but claims to be racially sensitive.) Meanwhile her mother tries to own the art Emily creates, the art Emily uses to create an identity outside of her parents.
Indie Girl by Kavita Daswani. Indie Konkipuddi has a job babysitting the toddler of the editor of Celebrity Style. Indie wants to be a fashion reporter and is sure this babysitting gig is a backdoor in. But, she's going to have to do something to be seen as something more than a babysitter.
A Step From Heaven by An Na. When Young Ju is 4, her family leaves Korea for America, but life in the States is hard and takes its toll on the family. As Young Ju grows up, she realizes what is happening and why, as each family member tries to find a way to cope with bitter disappointment and harsh reality.
Absolutely Maybe by Lisa Yee. When her washup-up beauty queen mother's new boyfriend tries to rape her, Maybe finally runs away. She has friends in LA and an initial goal of finding the biological father she's never met.
We'll have more later this month, but who are your favorite Asian American or Pacific Islander authors?
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