Released: March 16, 2021
Summary: Anna-Marie McLemore has been writing beautiful YA novels with their unique blend of magical realism and contemporary for years now, with countless novels featuring great representation of identities all across the LGBTQ+ spectrum. Their latest release, The Mirror Season, is perhaps their most hard-hitting novel yet.
Protagonist Graciela 'Ciela' Cristales' life is forever altered when she and a boy named Lock, who she barely knows, are sexually assaulted at the same party. Due to the trauma, Ciela loses the magical ability inherited from her bisabuela, to be able to bake the exact kind of enchanted pan dulce that the recipient will need, and bits and pieces of her world are turning into shattered mirrors, which are becoming increasingly difficult to hide. When Lock comes into Ciela's life with no memory of the incident at the party, Ciela must deal with her increasing guilt about what happened to them, and she knows she will have to deal with it all alone. This is a heartbreakingly honest novel about rape culture and the trauma faced by both male and female survivors; it is an incredible read with an important and very real message — take care while reading this one.
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