Dreams of Significant Girls, by Cristina Garcia
Release Date: July 12th 2011
Brought together each summer at a boarding school in Switzerland, three girls learn a lot more than just French and European culture. Shirin, an Iranian princess; Ingrid, a German-Canadian eccentric; and Vivien, a Cuban-Jewish New Yorker culinary phenom, are thrown into each other's lives when they become roommates.
This is a story of 3 paths slowly beginning to cross and merge as they spend the year apart, but the summers together. Through navigating the social-cultural shoals of the school, developing their adolescence, and learning the confusing and conflicting legacies of their families' past, Shirin, Ingrid, and Vivien form an unbreakable bond.
This story takes readers on a journey into the lives of very different girls and the bonds that keep them friends.
I love friendship stories, especially between girls (as we are taught so much to compete against each other, and that society perpetuate the stereotype that we all are "frenemies" with each other), and this sounds like such a perfect Summer read. Oh, and yeah for diversity!
(summary from Goodreads)