young adult

Here's What To Know About A Petition To Essentially Ban LGBTQ+ Books At An Iowa Library

A small city in Iowa has drawn national attention as its public library faces an attempt to label and separate LGBTQ+ books from the rest of the collection. According to the Des Moines Register, "more than 300 people have signed a petition to either …
By Kristian Wilson

18 Female Book Characters Who Prove There's No "Right" Way To Be Queer Woman

Book nerds know there's nothing worse than a stock character done wrong. Stereotypes suck, especially when writers trot them out as representations of people who don't typically get to take a starring role in media, such as immigrants, people of colo…
By Kristian Wilson

This Book About Grief & Loneliness Was Just Named Best YA Novel of 2017

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) announced the recipients of the 2018 Michael L. Printz Awards on Monday morning, so young adult fans now have five great books to add to their TBRs. Nina LaCour's We Are Okay is the best YA novel o…
By Kristian Wilson

Two Concubines Of A Demon King Fall In Love & Plot Their Escape In This New YA Fantasy

A stereotype-smashing, female, LGBTQ, Asian, fantasy protagonist that is based in the author's own experiences? Serious question: Was Natasha Ngan's Girls of Paper and Fire birthed from our collective dreams? Coming October 23 from James Patterson's…
By Caitlin White

The "Manic Pixie Dream Girl" Trope Is Problematic — But It Helped Me In My Own Life

A lot of ink has been spilled over the subject of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl, the sylvan creature who waltzes into a tightly wound man's life and teaches him to have fun, only to disappear once he's learned his lesson — sort of like a Mary Poppins, b…
By Kristian Wilson

The 17 Best YA Books Of February Feature Some Essential Marginalized Voices

February is the month of love, and that's certainly true for the slate of new February 2018 YA novels. I'm positively swooning over this month's selection of new young adult books. What's there to fall in love with? Well Tamora Pierce for one. Yes, …
By Caitlin White

Why It's So Important That Diverse YA Books Feature "Quirky" Characters, Too

When I think of John Green, I immediately think of The Fault in Our Stars' Augustus Waters popping an unlit cigarette into his mouth and calling it a metaphor. Green's characters have been described as adorably "quirky" for this reason precisely. The…
By Kerri Jarema

Harry Potter Book Night Is Coming To The U.S. For The First Time Ever

If you've spent years gazing longingly at Harry Potter events that are only held across the pond, start tracking down your nearest Books-A-Million location right away. This February, Books-A-Million will host the first-ever Harry Potter Book Night in…
By Kristian Wilson

13 Fantasy Books That Will Completely Hook You AND Your Book Club

Love fantasy, but can't convince your book club to read anything from the genre? I have 13 great fantasy novels you can use to get your friends reading tales of swords and sorcery, magic and mayhem, so keep reading to find a book that's right for you…
By Kristian Wilson

21 Books That Should Be On Every High School Curriculum

There's been a lot of debate in recent years over what books should be included in students' English curricula, but I think we can all agree that there are some books schools need to teach their students. Reading fiction increases empathy, an all-too…
By Kristian Wilson

The 15 Best New YA Novels Coming Out This Month — Including One About A Teenage Batman

With the holiday rush over and all the champagne popped (or the bonus sleep gotten as the ball dropped at midnight, let's be honest) with the new year, it's time to get started on those New Year's reading resolutions. And let's be honest, all the bes…
By Caitlin White

9 Diverse Books To Read With Your Book Club In 2018

Just like that, and 2017 is already over. It may have been a rocky year, what with the continued threats to the environment and the weekly destruction of basic human rights, but as far as reading goes, this year was one for the books. If you're looki…
By Sadie Trombetta

This YA Book Was The Most Searched-For Title On Goodreads In 2017

According to data provided to Bustle by Goodreads, Angie Thomas' debut novel, The Hate U Give was the most searched-for book of 2017 and, basically, the most popular book of the year on the site. That should come as no surprise to anyone who remember…
By Kristian Wilson

'The Hate U Give' Has Allegedly Been Banned By A Texas School District

When it was published in February, Angie Thomas's groundbreaking The Hate U Give found immediate commercial success and critical acclaim, topping bestseller lists and quickly becoming one of the most talked about books of 2017. It seems not everyone …
By Sadie Trombetta

The Best YA Novels Of 2017 Prove Just How Important Representation Is

2017 was a banner year for YA: its books, their authors, and the community at large. Because when it comes to the necessary push for more diverse and Own Voices reads, YA has been leading the charge. Just a quick look at some of the YA contemporary a…
By Kerri Jarema

The 5 Best YA Novels Out This Month Have Love Triangles, Murderous Queens, & Serial Killers

You know those couple days after Christmas, when you likely have off work and school, and the holiday shopping, family time, and neverending stream of office and friend parties are done? Those couple days where you can take a breath? Those have alway…
By Caitlin White

The Author Behind 'Shadowhunters' Just Scored Millions Of Dollars For Her First Adult Novels

If you're one of the millions of Mortal Instrument fans who have been begging the bestselling author to create stories and characters for an older audience, your prayers have finally been answered: Cassandra Clare is writing a new fantasy series for …
By Sadie Trombetta

'Game Of Thrones' Fans Will Love This New YA Fantasy Series — Read An Excerpt!

When Sally Green published her debut novel in 2014, readers fell in love with the epic YA fantasy about warring witch factions in modern day England, and happily gobbled up the entire Half Bad trilogy. Luckily for fans who have been anxiously waiting…
By Sadie Trombetta

These Never-Before-Seen Harry Potter Covers Are Too Gorgeous To Believe

Attention all Potterheads: There is a new batch of Potter-related art out for your viewing pleasure! These unreleased Harry Potter covers by Olly Moss are full of magic and mystery, and the fact that we can still be impressed, after all this time, al…
By Kristian Wilson

17 YA Novels You May Have Missed In 2017, But Definitely Need To Read ASAP

If you can believe it, 2017 is about to take its final bow. In some ways it feels like these 12 months have flown by and in others... well, let's just say that the days have sometimes be long. But one thing all of us readers can agree on is that 2017…
By Kerri Jarema