Does My Body Offend You? By Mayra Cuevas & Marie Marquardt
Published: April 5, 2022
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
KKECReads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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Mayra Cuevas was born and raised in Puerto Rico, Mayra is a professional journalist and fiction writer who prefers love stories with happy endings. Her debut fiction short story was selected by best-selling author Becky Albertalli to appear in the Foreshadow YA serial anthology in 2019. She is currently a special projects producer for CNN. She keeps her sanity by practicing Buddhist meditation and serving on the Board of Directors of Kadampa Meditation Center, Georgia. She lives with her husband, also a CNN journalist, and their cat, in the charming town of Norcross, Georgia.
Marie Marquardt is an author of young adult novels, a college professor, and an immigration advocate. Her debut novel, Dream Things True (St. Martin’s Press), was a 2015 YA BEA Buzz Panel choice praised in Kirkus as a “worthy examination of undocumented immigration in the American South through the lens of young love.” Her second novel, THE RADIUS OF US, reflects the experience of Latin American teenagers fleeing gang violence and seeking asylum in the United States. It’s an issue that Marie Marquardt cares about profoundly, and she believes that connecting to it emotionally it can be a powerful antidote to the hate, fear, and misunderstanding that plagues our society.
“Nipples and third arms shall be concealed at all times.”
Malena was born in Puerto Rico, but after hurricane Marìa ravaged her home, she found herself in Florida, fearing she would never fit in. Ruby moved from Seattle and thinks she knows best. Her intentions and good, but her methods are lacking. So what happens when two young women from different cultures come together? A revolution.
Oh, my heart. I devoured this book. It was impossible to put down from the frost chapter through the last. Everything was beautiful.
The characters were so well done. I loved the things that made them different, but also the things that united them.
I love how vastly different the two narrators were, it made their experience so much better. I enjoyed the cultural references and how inclusive this novel was.
This book will make you want to stand up and scream, break down and cry, and will make you say “me too”. The unity, the power, and the genuine desire to enact change is so inspirational and empowering.
This is an absolute must read for everyone, all ages. When we take the time to listen and make the effort to hear what is being said, we can change the world.