Sona Charaipotra
Sona Charaipotra is a journalist and author who’s written for everyone from the New York Times to Teen Vogue. The co-founder of CAKE Literary, a boutique book packaging company with a decidedly diverse bent, she spends much of her time poking plot holes in TV shows like Pretty Little Liars — for work of course. She’s the co-author of the dance drama Tiny Pretty Things and its sequel Shiny Broken Pieces. She is proud to serve as VP of content for We Need Diverse Books. Find her on Twitter: @sona_c

A YA Anthology About Food And Culture? Yes, Please

What's better that books? Books and food, of course. That’s why authors Caroline Tung Richmond and Elsie Chapman paired up to create the YA anthology Hungry Hearts, a collection of teen stories that center around food as culture and creation. And it…
By Sona Charaipotra

Why This Indian-American Rom-Com Is Incredibly Revolutionary

The rom-com of the summer? My bet is on debut author Sandhya Menon’s young adult tech-geek love story When Dimple Met Rishi, a swoon-worthy romance about two teens who meet and fall for each other at an app camp (yep, those exist!). The twist? Only…
By Sona Charaipotra

Nicola Yoon Wrote 'Everything, Everything' For The Sweetest Reason

One of the most anticipated teen big screen dramas this summer — and, let’s face it, ever – hits theaters this weekend. Everything, Everything, starring Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson, is a summery teen romance between Maddy, the proverbial…
By Sona Charaipotra

Renee Ahdieh's 'Flame In the Mist' Cements Her As A YA Star

In just two short years, Renee Ahdieh, who made her debut with 2015’s 1001 Nights update The Wrath and the Dawn, has established herself as a force to be reckoned with in YA fantasy. And with her latest, the gender-bending samarai saga Flame In the…
By Sona Charaipotra

Roshani Chokshi Is Writing For Second-Gen Kids Like Her

Last year, author Roshani Chokshi earned herself a spot as one of young adult literature's biggest stars when she hit the New York Times bestseller list with her stunning debut novel The Star-Touched Queen — a dreamy, star-crossed romance with roots…
By Sona Charaipotra

16 YA Authors Share Their Must-Read Books Of 2017

Say what you will about 2016 — and clearly there is plenty to say, most of it not so positive — it was an absolutely awesome year for teen reads, with YA triumphs like Nicola Yoon's National Book Award-nominated The Sun Is Also a Star, Heidi…
By Sona Charaipotra

15 YA Authors Share Their 2016 Must-Reads

It’s been an amazing year for young adult fiction. Old faves like Kiersten White brought us some amazing series starters. Others, like Marie Rutkoski, Leigh Bardugo, Marie Lu, Maggie Stiefvater, and Renee Ahdieh concluded their beloved series with…
By Sona Charaipotra

7 Authors On What To Do After NaNoWriMo

It's been just about a few weeks since you finished your National Novel Writing Month adventure — all told, there were some 15 million words written during the annual challenge — and whether you "won" or not, hopefully, you've got (many) more words…
By Sona Charaipotra

Authors Share The Books They're Most Thankful For

Here’s the thing about authors: writers are readers, first and foremost. Words have shaped us from a young age, triggered a passion for paper and ink, and perhaps a book hoarding habit. (Or maybe that’s just me!) They’ve helped us form a deep…
By Sona Charaipotra