I’ve always loved reading. My earliest memories involve me curling up with books and immersing myself in the worlds depicted within the pages. Therefore, as a result of my very intimate connection with books, it took me by surprise when, at 12 or so, I realized that the default race of the heroes and heroines I’d grown so attached to were white by default. At first, I wondered if, as a black girl from the midst of suburbia, it wasn’t all due to my own perspective. Perhaps I’d been primed to view all of the main characters a certain way when they were, in fact, left ambiguous. However, I found that within many books, the main characters would have friends of other races- races which were explicitly stated and, oftentimes, this was disproportionately important to their personalities. This lack of diversity in main characters can make it so that while you are very involved and enthralled in the story, you remain an outsider, an unrepresented other. While some authors do leave race somewhat ambiguous, at this point, it is expected that the character is white unless the text explicitly states otherwise. This is something that I observed but chose to try to ignore over time. Since then, in my head, I’ve made many characters appear how I, as a reader saw fit and went from there. However, reading this and seeing Diaz’s quotes on a lack of mirrors through which we can see ourselves really made me tear up. The lack of diversity takes the immersive quality that many avid readers love and crave out of the experience to an extent.