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A Depressed Black Teen Takes Center Stage in Morgan Parker’s YA Debut

“It’s unfair to make a book that is only the dark because we know that that’s just not how life happens.”

“Unpregnant” Offers a Radical Normalization of Abortion and Reproductive Health

Even in a time where reproductive choice is in terrifying peril, it’s still possible to feel empowered in our choices­­—including the choice to laugh. Read more »

A Queerer World: 2019 Is the Year of the LGBTQ YA Novel

This year, LGBTQ young adult novels have finally diversified the queer experience. Read more »

Moving the Needle: Mason Deaver on Creating One of YA’s First Nonbinary Protagonists

In YA, nonbinary protagonists are rare. Mason Deaver seeks to change that with their debut, I Wish You All the Best. Read more »

When #MeToo Was a Blank Canvas: Joy McCullough Wants Teens to Know About Artemisia Gentileschi

Joy McCullough’s novel Blood Water Paint offers a stunning portrait of the painter Artemisia Gentileschi. Read more »

Let It All Out: Laurie Halse Anderson on #MeToo and the Journey from "speak" to "SHOUT"

In 1999, author Laurie Halse Anderson told the story of her sexual assault in her radical, bestselling young-adult novel speak, and in doing so gave a generation of teens and young adults a vocabulary for consent and rape. Read more »

Backtalk: YA’s Cancel Culture

This week, Dahlia and Amy dig into the world of YA drama. Recently, two YA authors have chosen to cancel their own debut novels after being called out by some readers for “problematic” issues in the text. Dahlia and Amy talk about the effects of a cancel culture that demands perfect art. Also, a... Read more »

Not Another Teen Book: Contemporary YA Lit Acknowledges the Spectrum of Teenage Experiences

As a perennially popular and thriving genre, YA is an important place for teenagers to start difficult conversations, even if it’s just acknowledging the spectrum of their experiences. Read more »

Join the Club: Gabrielle Moss on the Golden Age of YA Literature

Gabrielle Moss takes us on a nostalgic and hilarious tour through teen bookshelves and the Golden Age of YA literature. Read more »

Trauma Club: The Chronic Popularity of Illness Lit

Cure, remission, and rehabilitation provide the happy ending and death the sad one. Read more »

On Our Radar—Feminist News Roundup: Kesha Lost Her Appeal to Break Deals With Dr. Luke

At every point in the long legal battle thus far, Kesha has either lost in court or has dropped her claims.  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 »