It’s Teen Read Week! But if you were the kind of teen I was, every week was teen read week. Whether 3/4 of every mall trip was spent at Barnes and Noble, you didn’t finish your assigned reading because you had your own list of books to get through, or you queued up every year for the latest Harry Potter, reading is a more popular teen activity than I think we give it credit for. This week we celebrated young adult fiction, a genre as delightful as it is baffling:
- In What I Think Happens In Popular Young Adult Novels (That I Didn’t Read), we take our best guesses for the plot lines of all of those YA favorites that never made our bookshelves. Hobbits are like hungry medieval hipsters, right? Yeah, I should probably read that.
- Just because YA fiction is for kids and teens doesn’t mean that it’s all sunshine and roses. Here are some traumatizing teen lit moments that have left us scarred for life. RIP Dobby.
- However, when some books tried to be scary, they fell far short. Goosebumps, I’m looking at you. Chicken Chicken? Nice try, R.L. Stein.
- How did we get all of these young adult classics? Why, the Scholastic book order, of course. Four filmy pages of a bookworm’s dream world. And yes, they look exactly like you remembered.
- Sure, young adult novelizations of popular TV shows and movies weren’t exactly top-shelf literary achievements, but we always wanted more. Specifically, we want novelizations of Sister, Sister, GUTS, Destinos and S Club 7. Can you blame us?
- School Library Journal gets it: here’s a post full of classic 1992 book orders. If only those prices still held up.
- This walk down 80s teen lit memory lane from A Tapestry Of Words is bringing back all kinds of feelings. Excuse me, getting all choked up about Dawn Rochelle’s harrowing journey again.
- You don’t have to re-read all of the Baby-Sitters Club books … but read through The Baby-Sitters Club Revisited long enough, and you’ll kind of want to.
- When I was drafting posts for this week, I started writing How To Write A YA Dystopian Novel. A few steps in I realized I should Google it to see if anyone had already done that, and lo and behold. We even both included steps about capitalizing Nouns to make them Grave and Important. Needless to say, that post got scrapped – but the one in the Telegraph basically says everything I would have.