Romance is a pretty big deal in YA.
It’s not an exaggeration to say that almost all YA books have some sort of romantic subplot. So what happens when those couples get shaken up a little bit?
Yeah, sure, Valentine’s Day could be used to celebrate all the great couples that we already have… or the ones that we could have if we only thought outside of the box (or rather, the book.)
I was inspired by this Epic Reads post where you could vote on which character ships from different universes you think would work and which ones wouldn’t.
But since this isn’t a democracy in any way, shape, or form (lucky you), I wanted to list some crossover couples of my own that would swim and others that would sink to the bottom of the ocean, Titanic-style.
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I’ve hardly picked up any YA anthologies.
When I first started to enjoy reading, it wasn’t because of short stories. It was because of full-length chapter books like Holes or Nancy Drew. I only really began to understand the concept, structure, and amazingness of short stories when I began to take creative writing classes at school.
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In my opinion, not too much. Here’s why.
As January nears its end, most of the 2018 Book Awards have wrapped up and released their results. Some I read with joy, others with disdain, and others with total frustration – because the same books and authors were winning most of the awards. Again. And again. And again.
Which can be great when your faves happen to be among those books. But watching authors whose books didn’t even get that much buzz win simply because they’re big names in publishing didn’t sit well with me.
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Yeah, I know, you’ve already read about 100 of these posts.
But I can’t help it! I want to scream about my favorite reads from this, or, should I say last, year. But! These aren’t just my favorite books of the year – they are all the books worth mentioning this year for… a multitude of reasons. (I did the same thing for 2017!) Confused? Once again, you shall see.
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If you’re a YA fan and occasionally venture out into the world, you’ve probably been told that YA books aren’t real books.
I know that I have. From teachers, fellow students, even friends and adults. I mention how much I love reading but when I start rattling off some names and mention they’re YA sci-fi’s, contemporaries, or fantasies, people are quick to quirk a judgemental brow. Because of course, any books centering around teenagers can’t have any quality… right?
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Lately around twitter, there has been some discussion about the different age demographics in the YA book community. If you’ve been online then you’ve probably seen that there is a mix of many different age groups in our community.
This is fantastic of course! I’m happy that YA touches so many people at any point in their life. However, some complications are also evident.
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