ARC Review: Starfish | Healing, Identity, and Belonging

ARC Review: Starfish | Healing, Identity, and Belonging

TITLE: Starfish
AUTHOR: Akemi Dawn Bowman
SERIES: N/A
RELEASED: September 2017; Simon Pulse
GENRE: YA Contemporary
FORMAT: e-Book

KEY INFO: #ownvoice, coming of age, healing, family, romance, artistry
REPRESENTATION:
bi-racial, female MC, anxiety, survivor
CONTENT WARNINGS:
anxiety, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, parental racism, suicide attempt

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Discussion | #ownvoice versus non #ownvoice authors?

Discussion | #ownvoice versus non #ownvoice authors?

Discussions around #ownvoice authors are not exactly new in the book blogging community. It’s something I’ve seen spoken about quite a lot by other bloggers but is not something that I’d especially given much thought to before. The extent of my thought process around #ownvoice authors had been that I should continue to support them and champion their work. If there was a book about an issue affecting black people written by a black author then I would definitely boost the #ownvoice author. And, in cases where a book is written by a non #ownvoice author and has problematic content in it then I speak up about why the book is problematic and recommend #ownvoice alternatives.

But what happens when a book deals with sensitive marginalized issues or is potentially problematic without it being clear if the author is #ownvoices or not? 

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