Hey YA Readers:
It’s time to bulk up your TBR and your brain about all things young adult lit.
“What’s Up in YA?” is sponsored by Madness by Zac Brewer from Epic Reads.
Brooke has gotten so good at pretending to be fine that they’re letting her leave inpatient therapy. Now this time, when she’s ready to end her life, there won’t be anyone around to stop her. Then Brooke meets Derek, the only person who really gets what Brooke is going through, because he’s going through it too. But when Derek’s feelings for her intensify, Brooke must accept that the relationship bringing out the best in her might be bringing out the worst in Derek—and Derek at his worst could be capable of real darkness.
Happy October! Let’s catch up on the last month of YA book talk around Book Riot.
- A look at what the epilogue to Harry Potter taught one reader about happiness.
- 40 paperback YA titles hitting shelves this fall (perfect for toting around with you to read while you’re killing time!).
- Need some YA nonfiction in your life? Here are 10 great picks.
- Itching for the new John Green book? Here he is reading the first chapter.
- Teens who have odd, strange, and super unique part-time jobs in YA lit.
- Those poor misunderstood villains in YA.
- If you’re a librarian or teacher, here’s a handy guide to getting a great teen book club going in your school library.
- Dig into some of this year’s YA books in translation.
- Though the weekend of YA adaptations on Lifetime has passed, many of these are available to stream or purchase on the cheap. Get your YA lit on the small screen.
- Contemporary YA books that feature interracial couples.
- Excellent debut novels from this year you may have missed as the world goes down in flames. Read ’em, friends!
- Love your YA with some doom and gloom? This book list is for you!
- Hi, you can decorate your entire house in Harry Potter decor. See you at the Pottery Barn!
- Eight questions with British YA author Beth Garrod.
- If you love Gossip Girl, you might want to check out these books, too.
- Why is there a lack of discussion about female reproductive issues in YA lit? A look at the ways we need to see PCOS, endometriosis, and other uterine-related illnesses in fiction for teens.
- Love the K-Pop band BTS? Have a book list!
- Kick it old school with this reading guide to classic YA author Paula Danziger’s books.
If you didn’t know, now you will: we have launched a YA podcast, Hey YA! It’s hosted by me, Kelly Jensen, as well as YA experthusiast Eric Smith. The first episode is live and full of discussion about what, exactly, YA books are, our hot takes on the all-female remake of Lord of the Flies, and tons of books you’ll want for your fall TBR. Hey YA is biweekly, and episode two will drop Wednesday, October 4. Subscribe through your favorite podcast listening service, and feel free to hit us up with things you’d love to hear us talk about at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for reading this week, and we’ll see you back here next week with a fun interview with a rising star of YA lit (and someone who has a book that you’ll want to be reading as soon as humanly possible!).
— Kelly Jensen, @veronikellymars