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“I am not as alone and insane as I thought”: Books as insight for bullies and victims

Bullying. It’s my belief that no one hears this word without a pang; all of us have stories of being bullied at some point in our lives, and never is it more damaging and hidden than when we are young. Thankfully, positive response to bullying is on the rise, from the It Gets Better Project (an online video project and book reaching out to LGBT youth since 2010), to the documentary Bully (a 2011 film about bullying in U.S. schools), to Everyone’s Beautiful (a teen-run Facebook group that provides a forum for teens to share their stories and find support).

Happily, teen books are keeping up with this trend as well. Two books got top mention when I asked Everyone’s Beautiful for books that stood out to them:


It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living
, edited by Dan Savage and Terry Miller

In this collection of essays that expands upon the web site, celebrities and regular folk alike assure teens that although it can be exceptionally hard to be an LGBT youth, there are plenty of reasons to hold on and stay strong. Cole S., founder of Everyone’s Beautiful, writes, “the day i picked up that book, it gave me a vision, it showed me that despite every challenge i had going in my life; i could step away from them and shine for myself, for no one else. It Gets Better, showed me that I am able to be whoever I want, I just had to show courage […] and that eventually; everything will get better.”

13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Clay receives a box containing 13 cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah that detail the reasons leading up to her suicide. Ryan B. writes, “It gives insight into someone’s life, or to be more accurate, death. It shows how each bit in a teenage girl’s life pushed her over the edge, and congregated to become this immutable thought of suicide. It also shows how easily the unnecessary death could have been avoided or prevented. In short, it’s just insightful.”

Upcoming Trends: More Mermaids, Psychological Thrillers, Human Experimentation, and More

by flickr user NoHoDamon
Our last post on upcoming trends we see in YA lit was such a hit that we decided to follow it up with a more in-depth discussion. Five Hub bloggers–Gretchen, Sharon, Mia, Nicole, and Emily–attended publisher previews, watched preview webinars, picked up ARCs, and scoured upcoming releases titles to get a sense for what’s been published recently and what’s coming soon. Here are some of the trends we observed.

Mermaids
This isn’t a new trend (we talked about it last fall), but it’s definitely still going strong!

  • Of Poseidon by Anna Banks (May 2012)
  • Real Mermaids Don’t Hold Their Breath by Hélène Boudreau (May 2012)
  • The Vicious Deep by Zoraida Cordova (May 2012)
  • Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown (June 2012)
  • Waking Storms by Sarah Porter (June 2012)
  • Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama (September 2012)
  • The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan (September 2012)