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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.

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 »

Queer Pressure: #OwnVoices and What We Demand of Queer Authors

Reading is about learning and reflecting, not reaching out and making demands. Read more »

BitchReads: 13 YA Books Feminists Should Read in September

Welcome to our inaugural YA monthly BitchReads list! Read more »

All Together Now: Novels Fight the Myth of the Mean Girl

These new YA protagonists aren’t afraid of their power or the power that their confidence might instill in readers. Read more »

“True Story” and “Fighting Words” Extend the Legacy of “Speak”

Twenty-one years later, we’re still telling similar stories to Speak—and yes, 21 years later, we still need them. Read more »

In “I Kissed Alice,” A Fanfiction Romance Blossoms Offline

Rhodes and Iliana find freedom in each other. Read more »

Girl Likes Girl: Lindsay Sproul Queers the Mean Girl in YA

Lindsay Sproul spoke to Bitch about crafting a shitty lesbian teen character. Read more »

Escapist Young Adult Novels Offer a Breath of Fresh Air in the Current Political Climate

These stories are escapist fiction—literature that doesn’t explicitly focus on the social and political issues in our real world, allowing the reader to temporarily forget about them and fall into the story. 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 »