Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Waiting On Wednesday [@liaratamani @harperteen @epicreads ]

Waiting On Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine

My pick for this week:

CALLING MY NAME by Liara Tamani

Taja Brown lives with her parents and older brother and younger sister, in Houston, Texas. Taja has always known what the expectations of her conservative and tightly-knit African American family are—do well in school, go to church every Sunday, no intimacy before marriage. But Taja is trying to keep up with friends as they get their first kisses, first boyfriends, first everythings. And she’s tired of cheering for her athletic younger sister and an older brother who has more freedom just because he’s a boy. Taja dreams of going to college and forging her own relationship with the world and with God, but when she falls in love for the first time, those dreams are suddenly in danger of evaporating.

published October 24th by Greenwillow Books

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I really enjoy YA novels that take a look at teens, religion, and how church and their religious beliefs (or the expectations of them based on those) intersect with being a teenager. While I like when religion can be included in a novel but not the focus or not as something conservative or restrictive, I also like when it is the focus and is more conservative and restrictive for the characters. It can lead to some great discoveries and contemplation, a lot of questions and of finding yourself for the main characters.

I am looking forward to reading Calling My Name, Liara Tamani's debut novel.

That's my pick for this week, what's yours? Tell me in the comments and/or link me to your own post!

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