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Author Archives: Jillian Feinberg

Diversity in Literature from the Standpoint of a Biracial Latina Woman

Growing up with a Dominican mother and an Ashkenazi father, I never saw books about myself. Because my father was never particularly religious and my sisters and I were raised Catholic, it was natural for me to feel more connected to my Dominican side. Even from my earliest memory, little four-year-old me knew who she was: she was Dominican. Every night she ate rice and beans and maduros and tried to understand what her abuela and mother were saying. But she also knew that she was biracial and was always […]

The YA Formula for Female Protagonists

When you think of Young Adult Literature, what pops into your head? Every Jesse Green book? Cheesy first love stories? Sad first love stories? Twilight? Over the last decade YA has evolved. You don’t see many books like Sweet Valley High anymore or Gossip Girl—two book series based off a pair of perfect blonde rich girls. Instead we’re seeing more diversity, both ethnically and politically. If a character is LGBTQ, their sexuality doesn’t have to be the plot, as author Bill Konigsberg describes in his blog. But even though YA […]