YA Got Mail! Link round-up. (November 7)


Welcome to YA Got Mail!, our weekly link round-up. Time to take a look at other interesting blog posts, Tweets, and articles that have hit the web this past week. What else is happening in the YA world?

Tweets of the Week

Author Affairs

On Forever Young Adult, Ryan Graudin talked Wolf by Wolf and where her inspiration came from. Robin Talley talked about her new book What We Left Behind on No BS Book Reviews.

Author James Dawson came out as trans, and while he will continue to use ‘he’ pronouns and the name James for now, he wanted to let everybody know. Critic Cheryl Morgan loved the response to his announcement.

Joelle Charbonneau talked to Publisher’s Weekly about her latest book Need.

Dahlia Adler took a look back at her youth in Paper Lantern Lit’s When We Were Young column.

List Fulfillment

And the best of lists have begun!  Publisher’s Weekly named their favorite YA books of 2015, including Shadowshaper and X. Lisa Parkin took to HuffPo talked about the five most exciting YA trends to look for in 2016. Bustle listed books to look for this month.

Barnes & Noble’s Sci-Fi / Fantasy blog listed five generational spaceship stories, including Phoebe North’s Starglass.

The Gay YA created a list of Halloween reads, as did Beauty and the Bookish. YALSA’s The Hub also created a list of Halloween reads with a focus on ‘diverse’ characters.

Over at Book Riot, Kelly Jensen discussed three YA novels that are centered around social media.
Barnes & Noble’s teen blog listed 6 YA books for Gilmore Girls fans. They also looked at YA novels told from multiple perspectives and 7 novels that started as NaNoWriMo projects.


The Barnes & Noble Teen blog created a list of books to inspire you during NaNoWriMo. Dave Seah created an intense NaNoWriMo tracking chart.

Harry Potter Forever

Somebody on Buzzfeed listed the 124 shots in the Harry Potter films they found most stunning. They also peeked at the incredible husband who threw his wife a ridiculously detailed Harry Potter party.

The Toast created a Harry Potter where Hermione doesn’t do Harry and Ron’s homework for them.

S. Jae Jones created an amazing chart about House alignments and which Houses are most closely related.

Representation in YA

Justina Ireland looked at the recent defense of The Hired Girl’s problematic aspects and wonders if those who aren’t white or Christian are part of the audience, which she followed up in a separate blog post, asking “just how long is a reader supposed to endure problematic content before they decide it is offensive?

S. Jae Jones wrote on white as the default and what not specifying the race of a character means.

Kate Brauning took to Pub Hub to talk about the Othering of survivors of domestic violence, and how every day is a reminder of what her childhood was not like. Blogger and friend to the site Kaye M. talked about what it means to write while Othered.

Robin Talley listed her top five books with LGBTQIA+ characters on Forever Twilight.

After a well-known author ignored that publishing was harder for those of different races, genders, and abilities, Justina Ireland created a vector model to show the barriers to publishing. She also discussed what happens when we talk about earned equality and why it’s bananapants.

The Novice author Taran Matharu talked about role models and the importance of representation in media. Kayla Whaley opened up about the reality of microagressions and erasure of disability in diversity discussions.

The Gay YA launched their asexual series, including a post by Zach J. Payne on being simultaneously in and out of the closet, while JL Douglas wrote about writing romance as an asexual. Morgan York wrote about the tales of an angry teenage demisexual or why she believed insta-attraction wasn’t real.

As part of Read.Sleep.Repeat’s Month of Diversity, author Sarah Nicolas talked about why she writes ‘diverse’ literature. Author Tera Lynn Childs also joined the feature to talk about humanity as a laser lights show.

Buzzfeed listed twelve incredible YA books by Latino authors, while Publisher’s Weekly talked to Latinx authors about reaching their audience. Kelly Jensen listed three retellings of Romeo and Juliet.

Michael Frank looked at Ryan Graudin’s Wolf by Wolf and the problematic aspects of using the Holocaust as a backdrop.

Sarah Benwell wrote about the realities of representation on Halloween.

The Power of YA

Publishing Perspectives looked at the latest YA trends. The Guardian looked at how to write for teenagers.
Publisher’s Weekly wrote about how teen book festivals are a win-win for everybody.

Vox examined Rainbow Rowell’s impact on YA’s present and future.

Alisha Garuso from Film School Rejects looked at Marvel’s plan to bring Captain Marvel and Black Widow to YA readers.  Marvel announced even more YA novels they plan to bring to readers in 2016.

YA Interrobang Highlights

Marcy Beller Paul talked toxic friendships and her novel Underneath Everything.

Sarah Beth Durst shared her five favorite YA novels.

Rachel Caine discussed her novel Ink and Bone while Shira Glassman talked feminism and Jewish culture in her fantasy series.

YA Got Mail! round-ups done by Tara Hackley and Nicole Brinkley.

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Tara is a twenty-something with a love of writing, animals, and life. She's usually reading or writing but if she's not, she's out finding her next great adventure.

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