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coverFrom Goodreads’ description of Stephen Emond’s new book, Bright Lights, Dark Nights:

Walter Wilcox has never been in love. That is, until he meets Naomi, and sparks, and clever jokes, fly. But when his cop dad is caught in a racial profiling scandal, Walter and Naomi, who is African American, are called out at school, home, and online. Can their bond (and mutual love of the Foo Fighters) keep them together?

Catch that?

I’m happy to see Naomi on the cover, although the book is told only from Walter’s perspective. I haven’t read it yet — Emond is a white American man; I’ll need to wait until my Diverse Authors year is up — so I can’t say whether Naomi is a fully realized character. I can say that the book would add something more unusual to the YA conversation if the description read:

Naomi Mills has never been in love. That is, until she meets Walter, and sparks, and clever jokes, fly. But when Walter’s dad, a white policeman, is caught in a racial profiling scandal, Naomi and Walter are called out at school, home, and online. Can their bond (and mutual love of the Foo Fighters) keep them together?

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