October is an exciting month for any YA lit fan, because it includes Teen Read Week! In honor of this annual celebration of young adult literature, YALSA invited book-loving teens all over the world to apply to share their enthusiasm for reading in a guest post for The Hub. Thirty-one talented young writers were chosen, and we’ll be featuring posts from these unique voices all month long. Here’s Becca Holladay, who lives in Yokota, Japan.
My mom knows what it means when I collapse onto her bed crying. It means I have finished yet another series.
As a voracious reader, I am always with a book. And there is a pattern among those books, and that is that they are all fantasy/sci-fi/romance books! I usually refuse to read anything else.
But after I finish a particularly heart-wrenching series (Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, anyone?), and I end up completely heartbroken, I just need to take a break. And by break, I don’t mean from reading, heaven forbid! I just take a break from reading addicting series. Continue reading Books as Palate Cleansers
Springtime is when love is in the air. New relationships are blooming, the warmer weather drives people outdoors and puts everyone in a better mood, and it just seems like the perfect time to fall in love…
But what happens when you don’t want to fall in love? When you just want to snarkily smirk at those silly people holding hands and picking flowers? How do you avoid, nay how do you embrace the idea that falling in love is just not for you..?
Well, one good way is to read books about love gone wrong. Luckily, teen lit is filled with excellent examples of books about all the ways love can be so harmful to your well-being. From bad breakups to unrequited crushes, check out the list below if you want to fall in love with a bad romance!
The Tear Collector by Patrick Jones
Cassandra comes from a long line of vampire-like creatures who need human tears to survive rather than blood. Cassandra is very good at collecting tears by being the shoulder for her friends to cry on, and even volunteering as a grief counselor. However, Cassandra is growing tired of her life and wants to be human, especially when she begins to fall in love with Scott.
YALSA’s upcoming YA Literature Symposium will explore the future of young adult literature. The symposium begins on November 2nd, but we wanted to get a head start here at The Hub, so we’re devoting October to 31 Days of the Next Big Thing. Each day of the month, we’ll bring you forecasts about where YA literature is headed and thoughts on how you can spot trends and predict the future yourself.
Back in May The Hub tackled upcoming trends and I mentioned that “straight-up, non-dystopian, space-ships-and-aliens science fiction for teens” was a trend I saw coming, though I also noted that it was possibly wishful thinking. Being a card-carrying, president-of-the-science-fiction-and-fantasy-club-in-high-school SF fan, I’ve complained a lot in the recent past about the dearth of good YA science fiction, and while I’ve enjoyed a lot of the recent dystopian and post-apocalyptic titles, what I was really craving were the kind of books I read growing up, only new. And for teens. I’m thinking of authors like Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, William Sleator, John Christopher, Frank Herbert, Anne McCaffrey, and Andre Norton or books like A Wrinkle in Time, Ender’s Game, The Martian Chronicles, Lord of Light, Earthseed, and so many others.