What's Up in YA

Celebrity YA novels, New Books by Printz Authors, 2017 Verse Novels, and More YA News

Hey YA fans!

This week’s edition of “What’s Up in YA?” is sponsored by Defy The Stars by Claudia Gray.

She’s a soldier.
He’s a machine.
Enemies in an interstellar war, they are forced to work together as they embark on a daring journey through the stars. Their efforts would end the fighting for good, but they’re not without sacrifice. The stakes are even higher than either of them first realized, and the more time they spend together, the more they’re forced to question everything they’d been taught was true.


Let’s take today and catch up with the world of YA news. Find packed in here some of the recent film announcements, book lists, and more happening in the world of young adult lit.

Before settling in though, I wanted to mention that we launched our rad new Book Riot Insiders program last week. Insiders gives you exclusive content and access to rad book-related news, features, and more. (& for those who go Epic, you’ll get access to an exclusive monthly YA-related book chat session with me via the Insiders forum!). Check it out!

Onward with news!



  • This list at Bustle of 11 YA books you likely haven’t read is not only terribly white but so weird I had to share it here. Most of these are either award-winning books (!) or they’re books that have been adapted. I’m not sure this is where I’d start with “books you likely haven’t read in YA.”


  • Cara Delevigne apparently wrote a YA novel. With another author. No word on whether it’ll get a US publication.


  • And I’ll say this is an ambitious undertaking to rank the top YA novels of all time, especially when maybe fewer than half of these titles are actually YA titles. Also, super white.



  • Film rights for Labyrinth Lost have been acquired. Good.



  • Jennifer Aniston + Dumplin’…now to ensure we see a fat girl — like a real-world fat girl and not a Hollywood-sized fat girl — as the main character.







  • A look at the books — across all age categories — being released this year by former Printz honorees and winners. I love this.







Thanks for hanging again this week. We’ll be back in your inbox next Monday with even more great YA talk.

Kelly Jensen

currently reading Done Dirt Cheap by Sarah Lemon