If ever there were a perfect excuse to relax with a good book, it’s today on National Book Lovers Day.
With summer still in full swing and longer days ahead of you, now is the time to escape into a fascinating read. Fortunately, there are numerous dope young adult novels to get lost in — whether at home or on the beach this season.
Below, we’ve handpicked nine of our favorite newly-released books for summer. The best part about these picks? All were written by women of color, with an array of Black female protagonists and heroines.
Now that the world has gotten its first glimpse of a real-life biracial Duchess—thanks to the recent royal nuptials of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry—little Black and brown girls everywhere are hopeful that they, too, can become princesses. In The Diary of B.B. Bright Possible Princess, Alice Randall and Caroline Randall Williams offer an adventurous read presented in, as the title suggests, a diary format.
The titular character, B.B. Bright (short for Black Bee) is a 13-year-old orphan who lives in exile on a secluded island. As she prepares for her Official Princess Test, B.B. Bright is forced to choose between the world handed to her as a royal descendant and the world far away that she so desperately wants to be part of—the one with cool clothes, friends and boys. Adults will even find hope in the Godmommies’ wisdom throughout this fantasy novel.