Asian Americans

Born Confused
Tanuja Desai Hidier

When Dimple Lala’s traditional Indian parents set her up with a “suitable boy,” Dimple does everything she can to avoid him. That is, until she finds out how secretly unsuitable he really is. 

Eleanor and Park
Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor is the “weird girl” at school. Park is the quiet boy in black clothes and headphones. When Eleanor begins sitting next to Park on the bus, they realize they have more in common than they thought.

Under a Painted Sky
Stacey Lee

Samantha is a Chinese girl living in Missouri in 1849. She dreams of being a musician, but an accident forces her to flee her town. With the help of Annamae, a runaway slave, Samantha must make her way along the Oregon Trail.

The Sun is Also a Star
Nicola Yoon

When Daniel and Natasha run into each other over and over again, it seems like fate may be pulling them together. 

The Immortal Rules
Julie Kagawa

Allison Sekemoto hates the vampires who keep her captive in a walled-in city until she herself becomes a vampire.

The Fire Horse Girl
Kay Honeyman

It’s 1923, and Jade Moon is traveling from China to America with her new fiancée in search of a better life. But the United States does not allow in many Chinese immigrants, and Jade Moon must face more obstacles than she ever could have predicted.

Lensey Namioka

Sue feels like the only Asian American person in her small suburban town until she meets Andy, a handsome Japanese American musician. Her friends think they’re a perfect match, but they don’t understand that Andy’s heritage makes their relationship forbidden by Sue’s parents.

Nora and Kettle
Lauren Nicolle Taylor

Kettle is an orphan struggling to make his way in the world after the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. 

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Jenny Han

Lara Jean writes letters to all of her crushes and puts them in a box under her bed instead of telling anyone how she really feels. When the box is stolen and every letter is mailed by a mysterious thief, Lara Jean must deal with the aftermath.

Under the Lights
Dahlia Adler

Vanessa and Josh are the stars of Daylight Falls, a hit TV show. While Josh struggles with the spotlight, Vanessa struggles to figure out her feelings for Brianna, her new career handler.

Rani Patel in Full Effect
Sonia Patel

Rani, the daughter of Gujarati immigrants, feels out of place in her Hawaiian hometown, but finds community in hip-hop and slam poetry.