What's Up in YA

The EVERYTHING EVERYTHING Trailer, Writing As Activism, and More YA News

Good Monday, YA Readers!

This week’s edition of “What’s Up in YA?” is sponsored by The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak.

Until May 1987, fourteen-year-old Billy Marvin of Wetbridge, New Jersey, is a decidedly happy nerd.

Afternoons are spent with his buddies, watching copious amounts of television, gorging on Pop-Tarts, and programming video games on his Commodore 64. Then Playboy publishes photos of Wheel of Fortune hostess Vanna White, Billy meets expert programmer Mary Zelinsky, and everything changes.

A love letter to the 1980s, to the dawn of the computer age, and to adolescence, The Impossible Fortress will make you laugh, cry, and remember in exquisite detail what it feels like to love something—or someone—for the very first time.


Let’s take a moment or two to catch up with the latest happenings around ye old YA land. There is a lot of adaptation news, for sure.

  • The first trailer for the Everything, Everything adaptation with Amandla Stenberg is out and it looks great.
  • The comic Lumberjanes is getting written as a book by Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer, Saving Montgomery Sole, and more). Awesome.


  • Have you heard of the Dead Girls Detective Agency? I haven’t, but I suspect I will since it’s being adapted, too. It looks like it might be one of those multi-platform projects. Huh.
  • The Carnegie long list — a UK honor — is out, and there are plenty of familiar YA titles among them. Though let’s take a moment to point out that the long lists are all white. Umm…
  • Speaking of awards, the CYBILS winners were announced last week. Check out the winners in the YA categories. I was a first-round judge for the middle grade and YA non-fiction category and think both of the winners are outstanding picks.


A round-up of what we’ve been talking about when it comes to YA on Book Riot:

  • A digital version of “blind date with a book” with YA reads. Try it!
  • And finally, a guide to get you started reading the work of award-winning author Sarah Dessen. My only note on this pathway would be that I think Dreamland is an essential Dessen read and shows how powerfully she can take on hard, heavy issues like relationship violence.


Thanks for hanging out! We’ll see you again next week. In the meantime, hope you’re reading something excellent. 

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