Latino Inclusivity in Popular Young Adult Novels

Latino Inclusivity in Popular Young Adult Novels

Putting some thought into the young adult novels read during younger years or in recent times, one may remember some prominent ones such as The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The Harry Potter Series, The Fault In Our Stars, or A Wrinkle In Time. All of these novels have stood out in their own way. However, how many of these books’ characters can individuals with Latino/Hispanic roots identify themselves with? A small number really, since there is a very small number of Latino/Hispanic characters, if any, in these novels. “Latino” and “Hispanic” are two different takes on being a Spanish-speaker; “Latino” usually means a person with Latin American ancestry, while “Hispanic” relates to people only from Latin America, Spain, or the Caribbean. For this article, “Latino” will be used, to refer to individuals with Latin American heritage, who need novel characters they can easily connect with the most in their multi-cultural world. The following books’ stories will be discussed, so be aware of any spoilers ahead for: All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin, More Than Words by Jill Santopolo, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, Look For Me by Lisa Gardner, and If I Stay by Gayle Forman.

There has been a small rise in the number of main characters who have…continue reading at

I am thrilled to have this article published for The Artifice Online Magazine. Please feel free to read it in the link provided above^


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