young adult

People Challenged These 10 Books More Than Any Others In 2017

The American Library Association (ALA) has just released its list of the Top 10 Most Challenged Books in 2017, and the public's reasons for attacking these books, many of which are aimed at children and young adults, prove that we still have a long w…
By Kristian Wilson

Publishers & Book Organizations Are Partnering To Donate Over 400,000 Free Books To Kids

Across the U.S., too many people live in "book deserts": places without bookstores and libraries in easy reach. These environments contribute to the so-called word gap — the disparity between the potential vocabularies of privileged and marginalized …
By Kristian Wilson

11 YA Books That Deserve To Be Considered "Great American Novels"

We talk a lot about The Great American Novel — the novels that are considered "the voice of a generation." Basically, these books are not only considered emblematic of the culture at the particular time they were published, but are celebrated as work…
By Kerri Jarema

Women On Twitter Are Describing Themselves The Way Male Authors Would & It's Spot-On

OK, so sometimes Twitter is a dumpster fire, but other times it really is pure gold. March went out like a lion this year, with book nerds and writers on the platform discussing how to describe yourself like a male author would, because, let's face i…
By Kristian Wilson

'The Female Persuasion' By Meg Wolitzer & 12 Other New Books To Read This Week

School shootings, addiction, and the uphill battle for gender equality have, unfortunately, become increasingly pervasive elements of the American fabric in recent years, and this week's new book releases certainly reflect that reality. In this week…
By Cristina Arreola

The Best YA Books Coming Out In April — Including The Sequel To 'Love, Simon'

Let's get to the bottom line first: Everyone is ready for zombies to attack this April. Justina Ireland's insanely anticipated (for good reason), Civil War-era zombie story Dread Nation is finally almost here. But those aren't the only zombies coming…
By Caitlin White

5 Short Books About Travel You Can Finish In A Weekend — If You Can't Take A Mini Vacation

Spring may just have sprung, but I am already dreaming of summer travel, and I don't think I'm the only one. If you find yourself sick with a case of wanderlust and no way to remedy it with a real vacation, cure yourself with one of these fiction boo…
By Sadie Trombetta

7 Books To Read When You're Going Through A Breakup

"The half-life of love is forever," or so Junot Díaz famously wrote in This Is How You Lose Her. (That book isn't on this list, because who wants to read about a cheating dude after a breakup?) Regardless of how I feel about its source, that brutal s…
By Cristina Arreola

YA Novels Are Still Leaving Queer Girls Behind & It's Not OK

If you search "queer women young adult books" on Google, the top result is a book list compiled by Autostraddle. When I was a queer teenager, lists like these barely existed and when they did, they usually weren't in highly visible magazines and webs…
By Alaina Leary

The Twitter Feud Over This Judy Blume Cover Actually Sparked An Important Conversation

As someone who grew up in the '90s, I fully understand the impulse to fall into all my extreme nostalgia feels. And with that comes the desire to trap all of the pop culture we consumed during our youth in amber — to preserve the cartoon characters w…
By Kerri Jarema

The 9 Books Out This Week That Everyone Will Be Talking About

Spring is a time for reinvention. You know all those New Year's resolutions you let fall to the wayside? Well, the days are longer and warmer and sunnier, and it's the perfect time to make a plan and put it into action. If you resolved to read more b…
By Cristina Arreola

This YA Rom-Com Includes Secret Admirers & Horror Movies — And You Can Start Reading Now

If you — like me — fell in love with Sandhya Menon's writing last year while reading When Dimple Met Rishi, I have some good news: she's back this summer with another teenage rom-com about horror movies, secret admirers, and misplaced affections. Her…
By Cristina Arreola

9 New Books That Will Help You Break Your Reading Slump

A reading slump is just about the worst thing that can happen to a book-lover, but if you've slacked off and let your TBR pile grow larger, there's no reason to fear. All it takes is the right book to break your reading slump, and I have nine great c…
By Kristian Wilson

We Need To Talk About Why 'Under The Gaydar' Novels Are So Important

Being a teenager is hard. Being an LGBTQ teen is even harder, especially if you're a POC or another marginalization. Although LGBTQ teens (and the community at large) have more acceptance legally and socially than ever before, there is still a signif…
By Meaghan O'Brien

J.K. Rowling's Excuse For Not Turning A Book In Is Honestly Too Good Not To Share

Every one of us has missed a deadline or two in their life, and most people agree that that is an understandable, if unfortunate, circumstance, provided that you can offer a legitimate reason for the delay. Well, the Internet just learned that J.K. R…
By Kristian Wilson

This YA Novel Is Coming To Netflix & It's Going To Be Your Fave New Rom-Com

If you've been thinking, "I'm in desperate need of a super sweet teen rom-com that I can watch in the privacy of my own bedroom while doing a sheet mask and eating chocolate chip cookies," well you might be surprised to know just how many people have…
By Kerri Jarema

This YA Novel About Losing A Mom Perfectly Illustrates Just How Complicated Grief Really Is

Emily X.R. Pan's debut novel, The Astonishing Color of After, is bright, scorching white in my mind. The book's teenage protagonist, Leigh, an artist, describes her emotions through color, and, as I read her story, I found myself cycling through kale…
By Cristina Arreola

These 15 YA Novels Are All Coming Out This Spring & You Need To Read Them All

Happy first day of Spring! OK, I know it might not be very spring-like outside yet, depending on where you live. I'm in New York, gearing up for the fourth Nor'easter in about two weeks to hit, so believe me, I understand. But that doesn't mean that …
By Kerri Jarema

This Is The Magical YA Sequel Everyone Is Excited About — And You Can Start Reading Now

If you're a YA fan, chances are high you were sucked in by the magic and madness of Stephanie Garber's Caraval in 2017. Now Garber is back with the sequel, Legendary, which hits bookstores on May 29, 2018. Bustle is thrilled to share an exclusive exc…
By Kerri Jarema

'The Book Thief' Author Is Releasing His First Book In 13 Years & It Sounds Amazing

Since the 2005 publication of The Book Thief, fans have been waiting on bated breath for a new novel from its award-winning, internationally bestselling author. After 13 long years, that wait is finally over, because Markus Zusak is back a new young …
By Sadie Trombetta