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#ownvoices in YA: We’ve made great leaps, but there’s still a way to go


The #ownvoices movement is an incredibly important one, especially in the world of YA publishing.

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To not see yourself in books, to not see the light at the end of the runnel, to not see acceptance, love and friendship is devastating. #ownvoices novels change that and show these things from a point of experience.

Here are some amazing YA #ownvoices novels around at the moment, and those to come.

#ownvoices in ya

‘Run’ by Kody Keplinger
(Released July 14th)

Like her main character, Agnes, Kody is legally blind.

‘If I Was Your Girl’ by Meredith Russo

Amanda is a trans girl written by a trans woman and wrote for her confused 14-year-old self, desperate to be told it’d all be okay.

‘George’ by Alex Gino

Alex has been fighting for trans and queer activism for over 20 years and wanted to share their experiences through Melissa.

‘The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian’ by Sherman Alexie

Sherman Alexie is a Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Indian and grew up on a Reservation just like Junior.

‘If You Could Be Mine’ by Sara Farizan

Sara is the daughter of Iranian immigrants and the mix of her ethnicity and sexuality made her grow up feeling different, just like Sahar.

‘Under Rose Tainted Skies’ by Louise Gornall
(Released July 7th)

Just like Norah, Louise suffers from mental health struggles and she’s a huge ambassador for all things mental health.

Buy ‘If I Was Your Girl’ here!

Share your favourite #ownvoices novels with us @maximumpopbooks!

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Written by Sophie Waters

Sophie is the Head of Commercial at Maximum Pop! Having studied English Lit and Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, she came to MP! to satisfy her passion for books. Sophie is a diehard Hufflepuff and feminist. She's also a huge cat lover, and can often be found rocking her socks off at a gig.