Within the last couple of years, I’ve shied away from reading young adult novels because that’s all that I used to read. I wanted to expand my horizons, and also I felt that a lot of the young adult novels were the same. Recently, I read one of the best young adult novels that I’ve ever come across, and it’s called The Hate U Give. Another great young adult novel that I read recently was When Dimple Met Rishi.
For those not in the know, Battle of the Books is like pub trivia without the booze, that instead focuses on a specific book list for each participating grade level, all while bringing TONS of teens from all over the city and county together in their love of reading (and the thrill of competition!). One of my favorite parts about this program is the collaboration that goes into suggesting book titles to make the final cut, which happens across the Library and even beyond Teen Services (teamwork makes the dream work!). And if you’re anything like me, you get to experience a new genre/author/writing style than what you might normally pick out for yourself to read.
When I read Two Boys Kissing three years ago, I knew I was holding a banned book. A reader gets an immediate sense of what acclaimed young adult author David Levithan’s novel is about; however, as with so many great books, Two Boys Kissing is much more than its title and cover.
For the past few summers, the fine folks at NPR have asked their readers to contribute to themed Best 100 book lists. [In 2012] they tackled the wide world of YA novels.
Rick Riordan is back with a new series! In the series, Apollo is sent to Earth in the body of a 16-year-old boy as punishment by Zeus. Read on for adventure, laughs and old friends.
With so many things to do around town this week–including Pittsburgh Pride!–it will be hard to browse for books, so here are three LGBTQ-friendly YA picks for your Summer Reading list.
Follow along as I go for a reading adventure Book Riot’s 2016 Read Harder Challenge. In this episode, I look at Beautiful Music for Ugly Children, which covers the “read a book by or about a person that identifies as transgender.”
Jesse Andrews, breakout author of the hit Me and Earl and the Dying Girl returns to the young adult genre with the equally great The Haters.
Throne of Glass follows Celaena Sardothien, an assassin who is consistently under-estimated because she’s a girl.