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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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
And...also basically everything by Isabella Allende: