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Any recommendations for books about African american teens that's not too serious

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Initial post: Mar 7, 2012, 8:04:30 PM PST
I'm African American and I love the YA genre but however can anyone recommend any books with AA teens or with an AA main character that doesn't take itself too seriously. What I mean is that it seems like every YA book I read that is about AA teens seems to have some serious issue involved like a pregnancy, someone going to prison, getting shot, etc. I'd like to have something with AA characters that's light and fluffy like Gossip Girl or The A List you know where the biggest problems they have is rather or not a guy likes them or their friends being mad at them. I love those series but I'd like to read something light with AA characters as well. There seems to be very few. I've only found a couple like Nikki Carter's books but even her series have some serious issues in them

Posted on Mar 7, 2012, 8:55:22 PM PST
Sadly I don't think I can help recommend anything right off the bat... but you might want to check out the monthly book lists from Diversity in YA:

DIYA is a website created by YA authors that was devoted to promoting diversity in YA (and Middle Grade) fiction throughout 2011.

Posted on Mar 7, 2012, 8:57:00 PM PST
Oh, and there's an author named Sharon Draper who writes African American fiction for young people. Her books have won awards and have a huge fan base. Some are serious, but some are not. (That said, I do think the less serious ones are aimed at a younger audience...)

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 8, 2012, 12:04:01 PM PST
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Metro IMC says:
Ni Ni Simone is a popular author, she writes about romance and relationships, Sharon Draper is also popular. Octavia Butler is not necessarily YA but writes fabulous sci fi with AA characters. Kindred (Bluestreak)

Posted on Mar 9, 2012, 8:42:02 AM PST
Check out Surfacing by Shana Norris. It's a paranormal story set in North Carolina and the protagonist is AA. While it's not quite in the style of Gossip Girls. it's not really urban fiction with heavy issues either.

Also, check out The Queen Bee of Bridgeton by Leslie DuBois.

Hope that helps.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 9, 2012, 12:44:01 PM PST
This list might give you some ideas. I haven't read any of the books on it I just happened upon the list and it looks like it has a few more lighthearted titles.

Also you could try one of these series. I don't know anything about these either. The descriptions don't seem too light but based on the covers it seems like these could have some fluff

Nothing But Drama (Good Girlz)

Drama High: The Fight

Posted on Mar 9, 2012, 3:13:20 PM PST
Kp211 says:
lol why you gotta discriminate and make it Afro only???
anyways disregaring that these are really good - but not afro amer. -
Anything by Meg Cabot is good
the most interesting for me was - (rated from 1-3 stars 3 being best)
***the mediator series
*** Abandon (really unique)
*** Airhead (realllyyyyy good!!! and very original idea - something i haven't read about before)
and some other books by other authors -
***Hunger Games
***The Gathering
**Die for me
***Shatter me (really really really good!! MUST READ!)
***City of Bones (one of the best series i've read since twilight - except better)
***The Host (takes a while to get interesting but its worth it in the end)
***The Soul Screamers series
***Silence series (this is super interesting)
***Vampire Academy Series (reallyy good)
*Cinder (not really my type but its interesting if you into sci-fi)
**Across the Universe (sci- fi/ dystopian with a twist on things you should read the synopsis to see if you like it)
***Graceling by Kristin Cashore (soooo good!!!)
A lot of these books are paranormal romance and dystopian (I'm 17 years old what do you expect) haha but anyways these are the ones that were worth mentioning

Posted on Mar 13, 2012, 10:27:53 PM PDT
Take a look at the works of Leslie DuBois, Dana Davidson, Jewell Parker Rhodes, L.A. Banks, Octavia Butler, Tananarive Due, Walter Mosley, Nnedi Okorafor, and N. K. Jemisin. They are not necessarily all YA, and not all American, but they may lead you to what you're looking for. :)

Posted on Apr 12, 2012, 9:22:32 AM PDT
Nyki M. says:
Romiette and Julio is a pretty good one!

Posted on Apr 24, 2012, 2:27:18 PM PDT
Hey, I just read about an author named Kimberly Reid who apparently writes a series called "Langdon Prep" that's like Veronica Mars but with AA characters. Might want to check her out. :)

Posted on Apr 24, 2012, 6:15:41 PM PDT
Just saw someone recommend this one too, which I *think* (based on cover) is about an AA girl: Awake (Asleep trilogy)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 26, 2012, 7:51:47 AM PDT
Visa says:
Hello thank you for stating your request! Look up Jeremya Jones a Kings Kid. I think you will love it and share it with others.

Posted on Apr 26, 2012, 7:53:10 AM PDT
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Posted on Apr 26, 2012, 5:58:33 PM PDT
booklover68 says:
Try searching for books under the Kimani Tru series.

Books by:
Paula Chase The Del Rio Bay series
ReShonda Tate Billingsley The Good Girlz series
Victoria Chritopher Murry The Diva Series
Jacqueline Thomas The Divine series

Those are some good series or stand alone books that I've purchased for my daughter.
I spent a lot of time on Amazon looking for books that feature AA young people in a positive light. Something light and fun that doesn't involve guns, drugs or constant violence.

I hope this is helpful

Posted on May 5, 2012, 11:05:24 AM PDT
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Posted on May 5, 2012, 11:35:08 AM PDT
Kribu says:
K. L. Brady - just a heads-up that Amazon really frowns upon authors self-promoting in customer forums outside the Meet Our Authors forum, which was created for self-promotion purposes, even if the author in question isn't actually spamming and is offering a suggestion directly relevant to the thread. So your comment may end up being deleted.

As for the topic... it just occurred to me that for those not opposed to slightly "younger" books and fantasy/mythology, Rick Riordan's The Kane Chronicles have an African-American protagonist (well - it has brother and sister protagonists taking turns narrating the story, the brother is black like their father while the sister took after their white mother) and several other African-American characters as well.
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