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Even though Teenreads.com is based in New York City, one of the best things about being a website is that we’re connected to people who love young adult literature from all over the world! We asked one of our readers --- Elise Andrew, a freshman at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia who wants to be a YA author, herself --- to tell us a bit about the current YA scene where she lives. Below, see what she and her former high school book club members are reading --- turns out U.S. choices and Australian choices aren’t so different!
The other night a few of us from The Book Report Network were lucky enough to score some press passes to a prescreening of Insurgent, the second installment in the theatrical adaptation of Veronica Roth's Divergent series. We were most excited to see our beloved YA hot shot Shailene Woodley and muscular heartthrob Theo James steam up the screen...and maybe get some free popcorn, but who's keeping track? The movie was a quick-paced, action-packed, two-hour dystopian extravaganza, complete with an oppressive government, a slew of anger-fueled rebels and a perfectly-matched dynamic duo whose love conquers all...literally.
March 13, 2015

Our Reviewers Pick Their Ultimate Reads

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We are so excited to have just updated the Ultimate Reading List on Teenreads.com! To celebrate, I asked our reviewers and Teen Board members to tell me about their own Ultimate Reading Lists --- what three books would they recommend unfailingly to their friends? Which three do they think are some of the most awe-inspiring, thought-provoking or just plain fun that they’ve ever read? I know --- big question. Read their answers below and see how they compare with your own!
Every book has an origin story; maybe someone saw a girl with green hair on the subway and thought she'd make a great protagonist, or dreamt about aliens going to prom and thought it would make for the most unforgettable dance --- or novel --- ever. NATURE'S CONFESSION has an origin story too, but it's a slightly more sobering one --- J.L. Morin couldn't help but notice all of the pollution that surrounded her every day. Read her blog post below for more details on this cli-fi dystopia, and a few topics that we all should be thinking more about.  
In BREAKING SKY, Cori McCarthy’s new action-packed novel that takes place in 2048, Chase is a teen fighter pilot at the United Star Academy --- and a good one, too. America is locked in a cold war, but as actual fighting becomes eminent, she learns a military secret that might just change everything. While Teenreads was all for learning more about Chase’s flying skills, Cori answered a slightly more interesting --- and unexpected --- question for us: “If Chase couldn’t be a pilot, what occupation do you think she would follow?” Read Cori’s answer below, and be on the lookout for BREAKING SKY, which hits stores on March 10th!
Many of us are still in the afterglow of Valentine’s Day, still working on that box of chocolates or smelling the flowers that were delivered to us. It may remind us of those early days of life when we were naïve and giddy like schoolgirls at the prospect of someone special sending us flowers. There is something endearing and innocent about young love; it’s irresistible.
Love is in the air in the month of February, and even if you can't find a worthy crush in the real-world, there are plenty in the literary world! Whether an endearing character or an impressive author, our reviewers --- both adults and teens --- divulge who they'd like to spend Valentine's Day, with.  
We know that you visit Teenreads.com because you love to read YA novels, but we bet that there's a significant number that aims to write them, too. Teen Board member Alison S. certainly falls into both categories, and below, she talks about one of the most important aspects of creative writing: characterization. Read about some of her own struggles with this make-or-break-a-book topic, and maybe it will give you some ideas for how to approach your own novel-to-be!    
With Valentine’s Day rapidly approaching, I thought it be best to talk about how much love there is in YA novels. Whether it is paranormal, contemporary or even dystopian, there is never a lack of romance in the YA world! But what makes a good romance? In my opinion, it's passion, a balance between angst and humor, fluff (in moderation, of course) and one epic kissing scene. And what stories encompass all of these wonderful necessities? I’m here to give you what I think is the best of the best when it comes to YA romance.
                When we read books, we get completely wrapped up in the plot, the characters, the whole world that the author created. So much so that we forget that there's a lot going on behind the scenes --- little bits and pieces lifted from the author's real life, backstories to characters that never get explained, and reasons why a book is set in one city versus another. In the below blog post, Nicole Maggi indulges us by sharing a few of these juicy "you would never guess" details about her new thriller, THE FORGETTING, in which a girl wakes up from a heart transplant with memories from the donor.