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Retellings are a hugely popular form of storytelling where famous, well-known stories and tales are given fresh life with new settings, characters and motivations. While the gist of the story may be familiar to most readers, it's always fun to see how authors will put their own spin on it, especially when the story involves complicated themes and plot twists. Teen Board member Ashley D. recently reviewed a retelling of DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE called TEEN HYDE:High School Horror for Teenreads. The timing couldn't have been better as Ashley was also working on her school's production of "Jekyll and Hyde the Musical." After reading and reviewing her book and completing numerous late nights on the stage, Ashley wrote this amazing post comparing and contrasting the two.
As a Teen Board member, I get to review new YA books before they hit the shelves. This month, I read LIFE IN A FISHBOWL by Len Vlahos. Coincidentally, Len actually owns a bookstore, Tattered Cover, right in my hometown. With the help of Teenreads, I was able to meet Len in person and talk to him about his book, writing history and what it’s like owning a bookstore. 
Recently the world has remembered something which I have never forgotten: coloring books are awesome.
December 5, 2016

AudioFile Best Books of the Year

Posted by Rebecca M
The end of the year is nearly here and it's time for readers and booklovers everywhere to start deciding how they'll remember 2016. Did you read a bunch of different books from different genres and authors, or stick to a shorter, pre-decided list? Did you find a new favorite you weren't expecting? Readers and publications are all figuring out their "Best Of" lists and AudioFile, a magazine that reviews audiobooks, profiles narrators and is always the first to know about hot new listens, has compiled their list of the best YA audiobooks from this year!
Here at Teenreads, we love a good book festival. While mingling with your favorite authors and seeing all the latest books is awesome enough, imagine doing all of that and more in sunny MiamI! Teen Board Member Rachel D. was recently on location in balmy Florida for the Miami Book Fair and she was kind enough to report back for us.  Read all about her experience below!
YALLFest, a two day book festival in Charleston, took place this month from November 11th - 12th. Teen Board member Taylor F. had the awesome experience of attending and mingling with some of her favorite authors. After returning and sorting the new additions to her TBR, she answered some questions for us about her experience. Read below to learn all about YALLFest from a teen's perspective!
Here at Teenreads, we love a good YA romance. But there's another side of love that is, sadly, often under-discussed in young adult novels: abuse. While we would all like to believe that we will know immediately when we are being mistreated, the reality of the situation is that abuse is often difficult to identify initially and oftentimes nearly impossible to escape. In her new book, DIE FOR YOU, author Amy Fellner Dominy takes a keen look at romantic relationships and abuse and asks readers to consider the realities of these complicated situations. Read below to learn more about her book and find out about an amazing presale opportunity!
Manic pixie dream girls: guys want to date them and girls want to be them; they're goofy, they're cute --- and they're completely unrealistic. But what if there was a formula that could turn any average girl (or guy) into the most popular person at school practically over night?  Senior Bea Giovannini has found that formula and she and her friends are racing their way to the top. But being a manic pixie dream girl isn't quite the dream she imagined and it's causing damages to her real friendships. Can Bea reverse the formula before she changes her life forever?  Read below to learn more about Bea before reading I'M NOT YOUR MANIC PIXIE DREAM GIRL.
Young or old, tall or small, we all have stories to tell. For authors who write realistic fiction, the line is often blurred between fiction and reality, especially for their readers. Author Maria Padian's latest novel, WRECKED, deals with some harsh truths about college and sexual assualt, so one question her teens always ask is "Where do you get the ideas for your books?" In this post, Padian discusses the different ways she was inspired to write WRECKED and how she is always gathering information for future novels.  
While fantasy and dystopian fiction seems to be dominating the YA market these days, 2016 has also seen the releases of some really fantastic works of historical fiction. Back in March, we reviewed BURN BABY BURN by Meg Medina, a book that combines the 1970s horror that was Son of Sam with some very timeless issues like love, friendship and independence. In a similar vein, TELL ME SOMETHING REAL by Calla Devlin takes readers to 1970s San Diego, where three sisters are struggling to hold their own following their mother's cancer diagnosis. Although cancer is not firmly stuck in the past, the ways in which the girls deal with their issues speak to a totally different time. In this Q&A, Calla and Meg discuss their books and how they combined elements of the past with timeless emotions.