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27 Must-Read Books By Latinx Authors

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We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about their favorite books by Latinx authors. Here are the results you need to ~check out~ ASAP:

1. They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera might just make you cry, and although the title "spoils" the end, this YA about two strangers who become friends and have one last adventure for a single day will surprise you.


"It has POC and LGBT+ characters!" —viviboricua001

"The title legit gives away the ending and I still cried." —manoushkaf

Get it from Amazon for $8.59+ or check your local library.

2. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros is told in series of vignettes, detailing the coming-of-age story of a Latina young woman in Chicago. If you didn't read this in school, now is the time.


"I love it. The language is poetic and lyrical, the metaphors are beautiful, and the style of writing is like no other book. I read it in one sitting, and it’s definitely worth it!" —tersa_

Also suggested by monicabethh

Get it from Amazon for $8.99+, or check your local library.

3. I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika Sanchez explores family in the aftermath of tragedy, obligations and duty in an immigrant home, and the challenges of living up to others' expectations. Oh, and reviewers note it's also laugh-out-loud funny!


"No words could describe how brilliant this book is, I definitely recommend it to everyone! I even bought it as a birthday gift for one of my friends who wanted her own copy after reading mine." —rycbar1234

Also suggested by jabberbox1234.

Get it from Amazon for $7.39+, or check your local library.

4. Leonora by Elena Poniatowska details the life of British-born Mexican surrealist painter Leonora Carrington as she breaks free from her wealthy life in England, mingles with other artists of her time in Paris, and eventually escapes to Mexico to work on her art.

Serpent's Tail

"She was the last surrealist painter to die, I believe. She was a strong woman. Her life, although painful, was an incredible and a long journey that started in Britain and ended in Mexico. Don't miss this one. All the important surrealist figures are mentioned in here." —anapadilla33

Get it from Amazon for $16.84, or check your local library.

5. When the Moon Was Ours by AnnaMarie McLemore is a magical realist YA love story about a boy with secrets, a girl who has roses growing out of her wrist, and the sisters (rumored to be witches) who want those roses for themselves.

Wednesday Books

"It’s this lush magical realist YA novel that reads like a fairytale. Her writing is otherworldly with how beautiful it is, and one of the protagonists is a trans boy. It’s poignant and utterly gorgeous." —margareth4cfb5aab5

Get it from Amazon for $6.26+, or check your local library.

6. Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero chronicles the titular character's last year of high school, through college applications, her best friend's pregnancy, her father's struggles with meth addiction, and her own love life and identity as a Mexican-American — all in a humorous and honest diary format.


"Teenage Mexican girl who deals with her drug addict dad, her gay best friend, and her other best friend who gets pregnant, while finding her voice as a poet. Great storytelling, and perfect telling of coming of age adolescence that is totally relatable to Latinx youth." —ncverdugo0418

Get it from Amazon for $6.99+, or check your local library.

7. Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel García Márquez is a murder mystery — but with a twist. Everyone knew the murder was going to happen: after a bride is returned to her family in "disgrace," her previous lover is named, and her twin brothers declare their intent to kill that man. 27 years later, the protagonist returns to the town, determined to get to the bottom of the story.


"One of his best IMO." —someonelikeme673

Get it from Amazon for $10.99+, or check your local library.

8. In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez is told through the eyes of the four Mirabal sisters, three of whom are found dead in an "accidental" car wreck, after years of resistance against the Trujillo dictatorship under the code name "Las Mariposas." This moving novel tells their story.

Algonquin Books

"About the Mirabal sisters during the time of the Trujillo regime in the Dominican Republic." —rebeccam4f38e231a

"And How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents." —amandalc2

Also suggested by monicabethh.

Get it from Amazon for $3.99+, or check your local library.

9. The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez centers on a Mexican family who moves to the US after their daughter goes through a brain injury. The story takes place in an apartment building in Delaware filled with families from various Central and Latin American countries, exploring themes like the bonds between families, guilt, and love.



Get it from Amazon for $9.99+, or check your local library.

10. Butterfly Boy by Rigoberto González is a coming out and coming-of-age memoir that won the American Book Award, detailing the author's experience growing up among migrant Mexican farmworkers, navigating a complicated relationship with his father, losing his mother at a young age, and facing pressure as a gay man.

University of Wisconsin Press

"A beautiful piece of nonfiction that incorporates the struggles of coming to terms with one’s difficult family history while also considering culture, race, class, and sexual orientation. It discusses the struggles of being queer when machismo has such a strong impact on your life." —jandyd

Get it from Amazon for $9.99+, or check your local library.

11. Rain of Gold (or LLuvia De Oro in Spanish) by Victor Villaseñor tells the true story of the author's parents, how they met and fell in love, their roots in Mexico, and how much they overcame after coming to California.

Arte Publico Pr

"The imagery is stunning and the story is beautifully told." —clarabellep

"Its a true story of the author's parents, and how they came to the US, and subsequently met. Beautifully tragically and romantically written. It details the hardships of Mexicans coming to the United States in the early 20th century." —ncverdugo0418

"First read the book when I was 12 and it became my favorite book. 10 years later, it is still my favorite book." —ahhhhchoo

Get it from Amazon for $9.99+, or check your local library.

12. Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia is a modern fairy tale, inspired by Mexican folklore and set in the Jazz Age, following a woman who accidentally unleashes the Mayan god of death and embarks on an adventure that takes her across Mexico.

Del Rey

"It's a fantastic story about a poor Mexican maid who accidentally unleashes a death god of Xibalba trapped in her grandfather's house and binds herself to him in order to help him regain control of the underworld from his twin brother. The characters are vivid and relatable, the settings are detailed, and the final showdown is a real page-turner." —colleend9

Get it from Amazon for $12.99+, or check your local library.

13. When I was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda Sandiago follows the author's childhood in Puerto Rico, moving to Brooklyn with her mother and six siblings, and eventually to Harvard. This memoir is an Oprah's Book Club pick!

Da Capo Press

"I had to read it in high school and fell in love with her instantly." —emilyr47d0de40f

Get it from Amazon for $4.79+, or check your local library.

14. Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel is a classic love story (perhaps you've seen the movie!) about a young woman who expresses herself through cooking at the turn of the century. It's full of magical realism, too!


"One Hundred Years of Solitude is indeed the best novel in history, period, regardless of provenance. But if I had to chose a runner up, Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel." —madshoe

Also suggested by everythingandnothing.

Get it from Amazon for $4.79, or check your local library.

15. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz follows two 15-year-old boys (the titular Aristotle and Dante) with nothing in common as they explore their identities, their relationship, and who they want to be.

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Aaaaaand Lin-Manuel Miranda narrates the audiobook....just sayin'.

"This book is the only one that's ever made me cry actual tears while reading it." —camilagutierrez029

Also suggested by qtipb99

Get it from Amazon for $10.99+, or check your local library.

16. Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (an award-winning slam poet) is a novel in verse, about an Afro-Latina teen girl as she comes of age and navigates others' expectations and discovers her voice.


"So good. So realistic." —morganwestbrookd

Get it from Amazon for $9.99, or check your local library.

17. The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea is set in the final days before the death of a family's patriarch, who brings everyone together for one last birthday party. When his mother unexpectedly dies, the family celebrates both lives, recounting family stories that are just about legendary.

Little, Brown and Company

"A beautiful story about family." —melissac47ff6181c

Get it from Amazon for $10.91+, or check your local library.

18. Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan is worth a revisit, whether you read it in school or not, centering on the title protagonist as she unexpectedly moves from a privileged life on her family's ranch in Mexico to a Mexican farm labor camp in California after a sudden tragedy befalls her and her mother — and she has to survive for the both of them.


"I read it in elementary school and it's still one of my favorite books to this day!" —Yi Yang

"Hands down is just an amazing book all around." —nicolew4dad774d7

Also suggested by amandasmith197856.

Get it from Amazon for $6.99+, or check your local library.

19. Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton takes place in two different timelines: 1958 Havana and 2017 Miami, revealing a sweeping love story that's just as much about family, as a granddaughter seeks to find out more about her grandmother's life growing up in Cuba before fleeing during the revolution.


"I loved it! It was a Reese WItherspoon Book Club pick and had a great mix of romance, adventure, and history!" —Abby Kass

Get it from Amazon for $9.59+, or check your local library.

20. In The Country We Love: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero recounts her own personal story after her parents were detained and deported when Guerrero was at school at the age of 14, how she was able to stay in the US to continue her education, and how she ended up building her acting career.

St. Martin's Griffin

"I was a fan of hers from OITNB and Jane the Virgin and her story is heartbreaking." —Abby Kass

Get it from Amazon for $9.99+, or check your local library.

21. 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez might have you checking the family tree at the beginning every couple pages (worth bookmarking!). This sweeping, magical realist novel about generations of a family is an atmospheric masterpiece — and a classic for a reason. Plus, you've got to read it before Netflix's adaptation comes out!

Harper Perennial Modern Classics

"I think that it's still the most beautifully written book I've read to this day. It's packed with symbolism but even if you read just for the story (which follows several generations of a family) it's very satisfying." —Natalie Brown

"At the risk of sounding derivative, A Hundred Years of Solitude is amazing. I reread marked passages sometimes — different ones depending on my mood — just because García Márquez is so great at evoking emotion. Apparently any and all human emotions. It contains one of the first sex scenes in literature I ever actually found hot, beautiful descriptions of parental love, a compassionate look at human shortcomings that college me found very comforting, and the best first line of a book I've ever read! 'Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.' Whoa. I haven't read this in full in years, but it stays with me." —rsmith8235

Get it from Amazon for $9.99+, or check your local library.

22. Nightlights and Hicotea by Lorena Alvarez are children's graphic novels that can be appreciated at any age, especially if you enjoy gorgeous illustrations and elements of the fantastical.


"They're technicallyyyyy books for children, but if you're an adult who would appreciate a beautifully told and illustrated tale about a young girl named Sandy's adventures in nature, you should still get a copy for yourself." —Mallory McInnis

Get them from Amazon: Nightlights for $8.69, and Hicotea for $13.32 or check your local library.

23. Caramba by Nina Marie Martinez is a whimsical read inspired by the game Lotería, taking you on a whirlwind ride with two friends, Natalie and Consuelo as they take a road trip to Mexico to get Consuelo's father out of Purgatory.


"Adventure and lady empowerment in one. Please write more, Nina." —hestervanderv

Get it from Amazon for $3.78+, or check your local library.

24. Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado is a collection of short stories (and a National Book Award finalist) that blends together genres like comedy, horror, science fiction, and fantasy. Even when one story ends, you won't be able to put it down.

Graywolf Press

"One of the best short story collections I've read in the last five years." —Mallory McInnis

Get it from Amazon for $9.99+, or check your local library.

25. The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child by Francisco Jiménez is a collection of 12 autobiographical stories, starting with how Jiménez crossed the border in 1947 (at the age of four) along with his family, and then following their lives with gripping realism and a sense of endurance.

University of New Mexico Press

"This is easily the best book I've ever read IMHO. I read it in Spanish (it's called Cajas de Carton, which means 'cardboard boxes') and it was just so moving. I imagine the English version is just as good." —Elena Garcia

Get it from Amazon for $7.18+, or check your local library.

26. Paula by Isabel Allende is an autobiography and family history told in a unique and moving way: it's written by Allende for her daughter, who is in a coma.

Harper Perennial


Get it from Amazon for $5.72+, or check your local library.

27. Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende centers on a young Chilean woman, orphaned at birth, who falls in love with a young man and, after he heads to California hoping to strike gold, follows him.


Suggested by flom483f7282a and allis43f24fab6.

Get it from Amazon for $11.69+, or check your local library.

And...also basically everything by Isabella Allende:


"Isabel Allende is one of those authors whose novels are always enjoyable. My favorites are La Casa de Los Espíritus, Eva Luna and La Isla Bajo El Mar." —lizaa42eb845f1

"The House of the Spirits [La Casa de Los Espíritus in English] and Portrait in Sepia, both by Isabel Allende. I read them in high school and they've stuck with me since then." —phoebeharper

And if you've already read all these, check out Nine New Books By Latinx Writers You’ve Got To Read for recent releases to add to your list!

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