YA

“Rise to the Sun” Torches the Illusion of Perfection

What does it mean to love people, even when we know we could lose them?

Jessica Darling Saved Teen Girls in the 2000s. Can She Do It Again?

For a lonely teenage girl looking for a reflection of herself in a culture that disdains her, a brutally honest, interiority-heavy YA book can be a lifeline. Read more »

In “We Are the Ashes, We Are the Fire,” Women’s History is Lifesaving

The novel is a meditation on the power of uncovering past heroines. Read more »

BitchReads: 9 YA Books Feminists Should Read in January

There is one thing we can count on: young adult novels bringing us a much-needed distraction. Read more »

BitchReads: 7 YA Books Feminists Should Read in December

As we wrap up 2020, we’ll be reading. Read more »

BitchReads: 9 YA Books Feminists Should Read in November

Through it all though, I’ve found a lot of solace in books. Read more »

Personal Connection: #OwnVoices, Outing, and the Ongoing Quest for Authenticity

Not all authors feel safe, comfortable, or interested in being out to readers about their identities. Read more »

BitchReads: 13 YA Books Feminists Should Read in October

Let’s escape our current world in favor of one that comforts you. Read more »

Loud and Queer: The Problem with Demanding Queer Visibility

We need to find alternative templates for talking about queer representation. Read more »

“Who I Was With Her” Explores Queer Grief and Loneliness

Nita Tyndall surveys what it’s like to grieve in silence. Read more »

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Black Girls Hunger for Heroes, Too: A Black Feminist Conversation on Fantasy Fiction for Teens

What happens when two great black women fiction writers get together to talk about race in young adult literature? That's exactly what happens... Read more »