I read a lot. Like a lot, a lot. Most of the books I read are queer themed or led, but sometimes I come across a great side character who's a queer woman I want to highlight, and I've decided to do the occasional spotlight on the sidekicks and deuteragonists who light up the books they inhabit. Today's honoree is Kavita from Born Confused and Bombay Blues by Tanuja Desai Hidier.
Kavita, cousin of narrator Dimple Lala, spurs her investigation into identity, creativity, and self-love. She shows Dimple endless support and love as the slightly-older and wise cousin, all while navigating college, Indian community and activism, and her parent's expectations--not to mention a rocky romance. Dimple's parents come through for her in a BIG way--one of my favorite scenes in YA lit. In Bombay Blues, we get a rare, and lovely, look at the story after the story, and one of my favorite themes, redemption of a villain. (In this case, it's Kavita's ex--any more would be spoilers). Not to mention that we get to see her relationship with her family grow and change for the better as well--her sister Sangita is a wonder in her own right! Both are fantastic fever dreams of books, with deep, funny characterization and tons of heart and development. Check her out!