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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.
As I'm sure most teens know, high school can be very time consuming and tiring. From extracurricular activities to class work, there's not a lot of free time to invest in hobbies like reading. Being a freshman, I was used to having lots of free time to read, play piano, or just do anything else I was interested in, until the workload of high school really began. That's why the 20 Time project drew me in so much, and became one of my favorite parts in my school week.
On April 1, 2017, teens and YA booklovers flocked to sunny Houston, Texas, to attend the eighth annual TeenBookCon. Established to celebrate and promote reading by connecting teens with authors, TeenBookCon caters to its teen readers first and foremost, giving them first priority in both seating and Q&A sessions --- and did we mention it's free? This year, TeenBookCon featured authors Laini Taylor, Jeff Giles, Angie Thomas and many more, and reviewer Anushka Giri was on the scene to report back for us. As a 20something (who considers herself a teen at heart!) Anushka was dazzled by the convention's set-up, headliners and attendees. Read below for a breakdown of her experience at TeenBookCon including which authors she loved the most, the panel that she will remember forever and the books she'll be reading next.
New from bestselling author Barry Lyga comes BANG, a heartbreaking novel about living with your worst mistake.'s own Rebecca Munro had an early read of this utterly riveting book and read it in one sitting on the floor of New York Comic Con --- it's that good. You can learn more about the book in this post, where we've compiled a plot summary, excerpt and some preorder links if you simply cannot wait to secure your own copy of this incredible book.
March 27, 2017

Authors Tahereh Mafi and Ransom Riggs Are Expecting

Posted by Dana C
Authors Tahereh Mafi and Ransom Riggs are expecting a new release in 7.5 months. This new release is very special. They are expecting their first child! We can't be more excited for them.    Congratulations Tahereh and Ransom! 
Last week in New York City we had a snow day, which was the perfect opportunity to catch up on some much needed reading. As an intern at Teenreads, I like to make sure that I'm on top of all new YA releases, but it can be difficult to keep up between school and interning, which is why I was so excited about the winter storm. With my classes canceled and Teenreads closed for the day, I created a #blizzard2017 TBR and eagerly read my way through it while drinking a steaming cup of coffee and snacking on some Girl Scout Cookies.
One of the best parts of being a reader is living through tons of different characters without ever leaving your seat. You might not be a princess on the run or a teen selected to fight for your district, but as long as you can find some common emotional ground with a character, you can embody thousands of different roles and perspectives. So how do authors make these wildly unusual characters so darn relatable while keeping their stories fresh and interesting? In this post, Casey Griffin, author of SECRETS OF A RELUCTANT PRINCESS, explains how to find the perfect balance to make strong, independent heroines relatable to a variety of readers.