Hello, lovely people! This is a very hastily put together post today, but I hope that you still enjoy it.
I’ve been wanting to talk more about my thesis lately, but I’ve been kind of scared to. I guess it’s a mix of being worried about self-plagiarism, but there’s also this fear that I don’t know how to talk about it. Of course, that’s stupid considering I do actually know quite a lot about my thesis. I’m hoping to push past that with this post.
So for those who don’t know my thesis topic is the representation of disability in YA. It’s something I’m hugely passionate about, as you may have guessed from Disability Diaries. I’m looking at three particular texts, which is what I want to share with you today. I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned all of these before, but I’ve never bought them all into one post. So here we go.
Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne
This was my favourite book of 2016. It looks at topics like feminism and friendship, which are things that I’m very interested in. It also includes a representation of OCD, which is why I chose it as one of my books. Holly Bourne has OCD herself, making this text an #ownvoices book which ties into my argument.
On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis
This is one of the best books I’ve read this year. I have a lot of thoughts about it, but I’m not sure what I’m going to use in my thesis. Self-plagiarism is one of my biggest anxieties about this thesis, so I’m going to save my thoughts until mid-October. This looks at autism and is another #ownvoices text.
The War that Saved My Life by Kimberley Brubaker Bradley
This is probably my least favourite text of the three, but I still really like it. The main character has a clubfoot, which is the disability I was born with. It’s also the only non-own voices text of the three. There is a reason for that though.
So that’s my little explanation of my three texts. I’ll be talking more about my thesis in the future, so if you have any suggestions or question for me please leave them in the comments below.