The Best Contemporary YA Romance of 2014

The Best Contemporary YA Romance of 2014

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Confession: contemporary young adult romance has the most special place in my heart of all YA genres. It encompasses so much of what I love about reading (and writing) young adult as a...
12 Must-Read LGBTQ YAs of 2014

12 Must-Read LGBTQ YAs of 2014

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It’s been a really great year for young adult lit, and for LGBTQ YA in particular. The category continues to grow in leaps and bounds, and this list includes not only contemporary...
8 Great YA Sophomore Standalones of 2014

8 Great YA Sophomore Standalones of 2014

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The sophomore slump can be one of the greatest curses of any writer, and the stronger your debut, the scarier the expectations. Many an author has been felled by the pressure to write a great...
Exclusive Cover Reveal: Delicate Monsters, by Stephanie Kuehn

Exclusive Cover Reveal: Delicate Monsters, by Stephanie Kuehn

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This is such an exciting book for me to help reveal, because I’m a huge fan of Kuehn’s first two books—the Morris Award–winning (absolutely deservedly so) Charm & Strange and...
6 YA Antiheroes We Love

6 YA Antiheroes We Love

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In young adult lit, as in life, there are a whole lot of good guys, a whole lot of bad guys…and all those special gray-area characters in between. The ones I’m fangirling over here...
4 Mistresses of Dark Contemporary YA

4 Mistresses of Dark Contemporary YA

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There’s no one way to experience adolescence, and no one way to write about it. What’s fantastic about young adult lit is the way it documents all kinds of teenhood, from the more...
Four Fantastic YA Murder Mysteries

Four Fantastic YA Murder Mysteries

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In the grand tradition of Nancy Drew, Veronica Mars, and Scooby-Doo, some of the best teen characters are those who solve mysteries, and what better plot for a whodunit than a good...
5 YA Horror Novels We Love

5 YA Horror Novels We Love

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Happy almost Halloween! ‘Tis the season to be utterly creeped out, whether by ghosts and goblins or just straight-up gore. So turn off all the lights, fire up a jack-o’-lantern, and...
Five Great Southern Gothic YAs

Five Great Southern Gothic YAs

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You can find southern sans Gothic (see: Magnolia, by Kristi Cook) or Gothic set elsewhere (April Genevieve Tucholke’s Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea), but there’s something...
Six YA Books That Take Place in One Day

Six YA Books That Take Place in One Day

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So much can happen in a day, and nothing proves that better than an entire book dedicated to one twenty-four period, in which lives change, relationships form and grow, lessons are learned, and...