10 of the Best Latinx Young Adult Books of 2019

The Truth Is by NoNieqa Ramos


In The Truth Is by NoNieqa Ramos, Verdad de la Reyna is a 15-year-old queer, Puerto Rican with post-traumatic stress disorder coping with a multitude of traumas that would overwhelm any adult. As she navigates transphobia, colorism, and homophobia, Ramos deftly displays Verdad’s own biases as she comes to terms with her queerness and internalized anti-blackness. This powerful novel is loaded with heartbreaking moments but also a message of resilience and discovering self-love made that much more meaningful with such a young protagonist. Ramos is also a queer Puerto Rican who grew up in the Bronx and through her works — including the novel’s predecessor The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary — she’s amplifying the voices of marginalized communities.

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