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YA? Why Not? This past summer, my plan to read Sarah Dessen novels while dangling my bare feet over a lakeside dock was rudely interrupted by a scowling article in Slate insisting adults should feel embarrassed reading YA novels, because they’re “books for children.” I felt a twinge of shame. After all, I often make a point of doing grown-up things, like drinking bourbon, listening to NPR, and transferring my credit-card balances. But I’ve also discovered that YA novels are infinitely readable and intelligent in ways that other popular fiction isn’t. Read More
Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty by Christine Heppermann was just published this week so now I can hold it in my arms and sing and dance out of joy! Heppermann is no stranger to the book world, she is a long time reviewer and this is her second book, first of poetry. Although this YA poetry book is listed for ages 14 and up, it appeals to a greater mass of readers because it retells some of our favorite sexist and poorly cast fairytales, but also because it adds modern perspectives that help to remove a lot of the outdated “Princess” tropes. Read More
Mark your calendars, girls! On April 8, Ann Brashares is releasing her newest book, The Here and Now. The novel follows Prenna James, a time traveling seventeen year old who returns to the present-day in attempt to save humanity from a plague that will end all life on earth. Brashares, the author who defined a generation of girls with her Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, has ventured into strange and nearly sci-fi territory with her new book — but like the Pants heroines, Prenna still grapples with young love. Read More
Tris (Shailene Woodley) is forced to come of age in a dystopia where individuals are placed into factions based on which of five virtues they value most highly. But when the time comes for Tris to take her own place in society, she turns out to be Divergent, valuing more than one virtue. She tries to switch out of her family's humble Abnegation Faction to Dauntless Faction, who value bravery, to fake out a government that punishes non-conformity. Unfortunately for Tris, evil mastermind Jeanine (Kate Winslet) is behind it all and will stop at nothing to take her down. Read More
As the YA genre has risen in popularity in recent years, the number of female protagonists has also grown in both books and film. Besides the obvious awesomeness of this, it’s especially great for there to be strong female characters in books for younger teens. I remember having a hard time finding many books with girls as the main characters beyond anything written by Tamora Pierce when I was in middle school. (Not complaining, though. All her characters were kick-ass).  As is with politics, CEOs, and other high-ranking positions, the more female role models the better. Read More