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How Teenreads Began: Carol Fitzgerald Reflects on the Stories Behind the Site

I am often asked how Teenreads got started. Twenty years later, I still love the story of how it began --- and how it has grown.

In 1996, when The Book Report Network launched, we had one site on AOL called The Book Report (now We published features and reviews...for adults. We also hosted 24/7 chat rooms and message boards...for adults. We had the only book site online; I know, imagine that!'s 20th Anniversary Giveaway

We're celebrating's 20th Anniversary with our biggest giveaway ever: we're giving away 20 books representing a timeline of YA over the last two decades!

We've selected one book from each year, beginning with BLOOD AND CHOCOLATE by Annette Curtis Klause (1997) and ending with last year's TRUTHWITCH by Susan Dennard (2016). 

Current and Former Teen Board Members on's 20th Anniversary

One of our favorite parts of is our Teen Board: a group of real teenagers nationwide who read, review and report for us on a variety of topics. Our Teen Board members provide invaluable feedback to us about books, authors and trends; when we celebrate Teenreads, we celebrate them. As we kick off our 20th anniversary celebration, here are some words from current and former Teen Board members about how they found Teenreads, which books they discovered through their time on the Board and what Teenreads has meant to them.

YA Authors on's 20th Anniversary

For 20 years, Teenreads has brought young adult authors and book lovers together through reviews, interviews, special features and so much more. Throughout the years we've heard from reluctant readers turned bookworms and teachers and librarians who have used our site to inspire hundreds of young readers. But some of the best messages we've received are from young adult authors who say that our site inspired and encouraged them to kick off their careers. In celebration of our 20th anniversary, we asked some of these authors to share a few words about how they used Teenreads and what it means to them.