I’m sure none of you are surprised to see me reviewing the most recent addition to the Twilight Saga. Since it’s announcement in May, 2020, Midnight Sun has been highly anticipated by anyone who lived through and thoroughly embraced the original Twilight fever – the Twihards; fighting over Team Jacob or Edward, reading late into the night by flashlight, and lining up for movie releases. My friends and I at 15 were no exception, we were obsessed.
The first thing to keep in mind when diving into this book is that it IS a Twilight book. So if you’re not a fan of sparkly vampires, binge-worthy teen dramas, and a sub-par writing style, then maybe leave this one out. And don’t ruin it for the rest of us. Also, I suggest not rereading Twilight in preparation…..
It’s not enough to be a good person, think good thoughts, or post a black square on Instagram on #blackouttuesday. You, me, we, have all benefited from a system built for us, and against the black community. It’s not okay to sit silent. It’s not okay to remain uneducated. It’s time to join a conversation, question yourself, take action.
Growing up white is a privilege. But growing up uneducated is unacceptable. It may not be easy to understand a community that you aren’t a part of, but that is no longer an excuse. It could be as simple as changing what you’re planning to read next and immersing yourself in a new story, a new world, a new community.
Take a look at these 4 YA novels from black authors that you need to read now, all read and approved with five stars: