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On October 13th, thousands of book nerds and casual readers alike flock to Morristown, New Jersey, for the Morristown Festival of Books. In the five years since its inception, the Morristown Festival has only grown, featuring authors of adult, teen and children’s fiction and nonfiction. The events all happen across a block or so of Morristown, filling up the local library and rooms in the nearby churches. This year, the festival hosted three separate YA panels, and though each had its own unique style, all were equally enjoyable!
Teenreads kicked off October in one of the best ways imaginable: heading to New York Comic Con, a celebration of all things bookish, nerdy and just plain awesome. Between editorial manager Rebecca Munro, interns Dana and Ana, reviewers Katherine and Matthew, and Teenreader Joe, we had a full team covering the panels, showroom floor and the whole atmosphere of the weekend. Read below for a quick overview of everyone's NYCC experience or click here for more in-depth coverage of the panels we all attended.
At the end of August 2018, Wall Street Journal published an opinion piece titled "The Unbearable Darkness of Young Adult Literature." While the author acknowledged that inspiration has always been the "hallmark of young adult literature," he also claimed that YA literature has become too absorbed in darkness and depravity. New York Times bestselling author Ellen Hopkins --- known for her gritty, realistic novels in verse --- stopped by our blog to share her response to critiques of the darkness in young adult literature from her point of view as an author and founder of a nonprofit youth housing and resource initiative. Read this post to see what Ellen has to say about realistic, hard-hitting YA, and why she thinks it is an invaluable resource for teens.
September 16, 2018

Read an Excerpt from AFTERIMAGE by Naomi Hughes

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In Naomi Hughes' science fiction thriller AFTERIMAGE, out this Tuesday, a horrific explosion levels part of the city and Camryn Kingfisher is the sole survivor. Amidst controversy, conspiracy theories, and threats from government officials, Camryn longs for the truth. But the only person who she can turn to is a transparent boy in a lab coat named Quint. Unsure whether he’s a hallucination or a ghost, Camryn realizes that she has no choice but to trust him. In a race where the fabric of time and space is at stake, they must figure out who caused the explosion before the culprit comes back to finish Camryn --- and her city --- off for good. In anticipation of the novel's release this week, we are sharing an exclusive excerpt:
Every Labor Day Weekend I have the exciting opportunity to attend the Decatur Book Festival in Atlanta, Georgia. This year marks my fifth straight year in attendance, and each year it has only been a better and better experience. The 2018 festival featured some very popular authors like Angie Thomas, Becky Albertalli and Jason Reynolds. This year, I even got to serve as media as a Teenreads blogger. I also had many more wonderful individual conversations with authors this year than ever before.
September 13, 2018

Read an Excerpt from UNCHARTED by Erin Cashman

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In Erin Cashman's newest book, UNCHARTED, 17-year-old Annabeth prefers the fantasy of her books and paintings to reality --- because in reality, her mom is dead, and it was all her fault. She vows to make her dad’s life easier in return. But upon accompanying him to his friends' secluded manor, he goes missing in the woods. Annabeth suspects the manor’s heir Griffin knows more about the disappearance than he’s letting on. He’s irritable, removed and he’s under police investigation for the mysterious “accidents” happening at his family’s estate. Annabeth fears her father isn’t lost, but rather a victim of something sinister. She launches her own investigation, tracing clues that whisper of myth and legend and death, until she stumbles upon a secret. One that some would die to protect, others would kill to expose. In celebration of the novel's release last week, we are sharing an exclusive excerpt below: 
Award-winning author Sonya Sones is best known for her novels in verse, which cover an array of topics from mental illness, homelessness and grief to young love. This September, Sones returns with THE OPPOSITE OF INNOCENT, her most gripping novel yet. In this book, readers meet Lily, who has been crushing on her parent's friend, Luke, for longer than she can remember. But when Luke begins to return her feelings, Lily quickly finds herself in over her head, and is forced to examine what it means to consent, to love and to heal. While THE OPPOSITE OF INNOCENT is certainly timely, it is also a story that is deeply personal to Sones, and she stopped by our blog this week to tell us about the inspiration behind her book and what she hopes teen readers will take away from it.
The prospect of reading for pleasure in college can seem like an impossible task, especially when considering that most homework assignments consist entirely of reading a ridiculously large amount of text that is guaranteed to put you to sleep. But as someone who is an avid reader and about to enter their junior year of college, I’ve learned a few tips and tricks along the way on how to find time to read for pleasure whilst navigating a busy college schedule.
There aren’t that many YA horror genre books out there, this much is definitely true. But it is also true that everyone lives in a horror movie for a large chunk of their lives --- it’s called being a teenager. That awkward, weird and sometimes disturbing part of our lives that we all have to endure can be pretty terrifying. In his blog post, Shawn Sarles, author of CAMPFIRE, discusses the unexpected ways in which horror books can be relatable to this time in everyone’s lives, and how they can encourage us to face our fears and have courage.
What could be more romantic than stories set in the Wild West? Horses, check. Wranglers, check. Falling in love despite the risks, BIG check. In Kristen Chandler's THIEF OF HAPPY ENDINGS, we get all of this and more when teenage Cassidy is shipped off to a Wyoming ranch, where she meets a broken cowboy and confronts her fears about getting back in the saddle. This book is deeply personal for Chandler, who works with at-risk youth as an equine instructor. In this post, Chandler explains how horses can heal and inspire us, and why she chose to write this story now.