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Archives - May 2017

When you're a writer, especially in the young adult world, it's very important to consider your audience. But what happens if you focus on your readers too much, and not enough on the story trying desperately to work its way out of you? Although author Victoria Scott has written several novels in several different genres, she recently decided it was time to write what she wanted. When she stopped trying to please her readers, the voice of a second personality living inside of a damaged teenage girl spoke to her, and VIOLET GRENADE was born. Read this post to see her very convincing argument for writing the book of your heart.
In OTHER BREAKABLE THINGS, a new young adult title from wife and wife writing duo Kelley York and Rowan Altwood, teenage Luc Argent is ready to end his life after learning that his heart transplant is failing. Sick of hospitals and transplants, Luc decides to head to Oregon, where death with dignity is legal. But his best friend, Evelyn, is not giving up so easily. Determined to change his mind and slowly falling for him, Evelyn will do whatever it takes to change Luc's mind. In this post, author Kelley York expands upon Evelyn's character arc, and shows readers how she finally makes her voice heard.
The YA community has been buzzing about “13 Reasons Why,” the Netflix show based on the YA book of the same name by Jay Asher. Since the show's release, it has been given a trigger warning and was recently renewed for a second season (you can see some spoilers here). Because the show touches upon so many difficult topics, including suicide, sexual assault and self-injury, some parents and teachers feel that it is not safe for teens to watch alone, especially if they have a history of depression. While reading about the controversies, I stumbled upon this article where teens shared their views on the show and what they wished adults would learn from it. With their responses in mind, I asked our Teen Board members how they felt. You can read their thoughts below.
In early May, Teen Board Member Caitlyn K. blogged about the privilege of reading and how often we take it for granted. Expanding upon that idea, Teen Board Member Rachel R. began to think about the online book community and how it changed her views on reading and made her appreciate books even more. In this post, you can read about all the ways that Rachel has found a home in the online book community and learn about how you can, too!
In November 2016, Teen Board member Taylor F. blogged about her experience at YALLFest, a two-day book festival celebrating young adult books and authors. During the last weekend of April, this beloved festival headed west to California, where YA-lovers were treated to YALLWest --- a sibling festival to YALLFest --- in Santa Monica. After seeing the incredible lineup and schedule of panels and events, Teenreads was dying to hear more. Luckily, Maurene Goo, author of I BELIEVE IN A THING CALLED LOVE, was on the scene to blog and take pictures of YALLWest from an author's point of view. Read this post to learn all about her experience.
Normally, I am never short of ideas. I always have them, sometimes too much, and I can’t stop thinking about them. But when I went to write a blog post, my brain was entirely empty. So I decided to read through the Teenreads blog to find a little inspiration, but nothing was coming to me. Then one day I was talking to my dad when the conversation led (as it tends to do when I am one of the participants) to books. I was thinking of the seemingly endless pile of books I had that I wanted to read (I think most of us can relate to that!), when I realized not everyone has access to a library. Then the thought developed: not everyone has access to books at all or even school. Then the full thought hit me. Not everyone can read.