What's Up in YA

🗞️ All The YA News You Can Use This Week

Hey YA Fans: Pour yourself a cuppa and let’s catch up on the latest news.

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In the tradition of The Lunar Chronicles, this sweeping reimagining of Les Misérables tells the story of three teens from very different backgrounds who are thrown together amidst the looming threat of revolution on the French planet of Laterre.

For the talk of YA book sales being down, there sure has been a lot of adaptation news lately, suggesting that perhaps the sales come later in the book’s life, as opposed to its arrival? I’m chewing over some thoughts on this, especially related to the old statistic that the bulk of YA books are purchased by adults. Are we seeing this level off and are seeing more organic purchases from teens themselves? There’s a lot to unpack in that article, and I don’t have the answers.

Recent Book Mail…

This huge stack doesn’t even cover it all. The fall releases are hitting fever pitch at my doorstep (and I’m still reading books from this month, y’all!). From top to bottom, starting with Maybe This Time, as the two books above it aren’t YA books.

Maybe This Time by Kasie West

The Grief Keeper by Alexandra Villasante

The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe by Ally Condie

Deathcaster by Cinda Williams Chima

The Beholder by Anna Bright

Girls of July by Alex Flinn

Sorry For Your Loss by Jessie Ann Foley

The Language of Fire by Stephanie Hemphill

Like A Love Story by Abdi Nazemian

The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven

Ordinary Girls by Blair Thornburgh

This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura

Past Perfect Life by Elizabeth Eulberg

Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

You’d Be Mine by Erin Hnhn

In Another Life by CC Hunter

Dreamland by Sam Quinones

We’ll see you next week with some more book lists, book talk, and more.

— Kelly Jensen, @veronikellymars on Instagram and editor of (Don’t) Call Me Crazy and Here We Are (currently $2, y’all!).