If I Was Your Girl
by Meredith Russo
It’s a teen love story, but the heroine is a trans girl who starts her senior year at a new school where she can be herself. If your book group members like to gain new understanding of people they might not (think they) encounter in real life, this is a great choice.
by Susan Fales-Hill
My Friend Dahmer
by Derf Backderf
A graphic novel that will appeal to readers of true crime, memoir, psychological thrillers, and anyone who can’t drive past a wreck without unintentionally peeking. Plus, it was recently adapted into an independent film which may not have played at your local megaplex, so if you’ve got a book-and-movie group, this is definitely an edgy choice.
by Amani Al-Khatahtbeh
The author runs a website—a sort of updated Sassy magazine—for young Muslim women, and her memoir talks about representation, politics, and other hot-button topics in a no-holds-barred way. Memoirs are a good way to talk about these issues because they are so rooted in the author’s experience; this is another good choice for gaining a new perspective.
Susan Maguire is the Senior Editor for Collection Management and Library Outreach at Booklist.