new adult novels

No one should ever be deprived of books. Of stories. Of…magic. No one.
—  J. M. Frey, The Forgotten Tale
New Crop of Young Adult Novels Explores Race and Police Brutality
A new generation of authors is embracing writing as activism, tackling issues like racial bias, police violence and the Black Lives Matter movement.
By Alexandra Alter

Angie Thomas started writing her young-adult novel, “The Hate U Give,” in reaction to a fatal shooting that took place some 2,000 miles away. But to her it felt deeply personal.

Ms. Thomas was a college student in Jackson, Miss., when a white transit police officer shot Oscar Grant III, an unarmed, 22-year-old African-American man, on a train platform in Oakland, Calif., in 2009. She was shocked when some of her white classmates said he had probably deserved it. She responded with a short story about a teenage girl who is drawn to activism after a white officer shoots her childhood best friend.

That story grew into a 444-page novel, as shootings of unarmed young black men continued.

I wish booklr appreciated middle-grade novels more. I always see people complaining about generic dystopian plots, forced and boring romance, and lack of diversity in young adult and new adult novels.

Middle grade novels fix a lot of these problems! Sure, some middle-grade novels are very juvenile, but many middle-grade novels address very difficult and interesting issues in touching and poignant ways. The novels are inventive, have fleshed-out characters, and are often very emotionally moving.

So if you’re tired of the pitfalls of reading YA and NA, try middle-grade! You won’t be sorry!

The overwhelmingly positive reception to “The Hate U Give” has stunned Ms. Thomas, 29, a former teenage rapper who worked as a church receptionist in Jackson while finishing her novel. “I knew that while the topic was timely, it was also controversial,” she said. “I say, ‘It probably will make you uncomfortable,’” she said. “I’m not here to give you comfort.’”

New Crop of Young Adult Novels Explores Race and Police Brutality, Alexandra Alter, NYT Book Review

A good article that describes the reader response to The Hate U Give (OMG students gave her a flower crown!), mentions some forthcoming books that I hadn’t heard about yet, and talks to my forever fave Jason Reynolds.
Author Meredith Russo just wants a book where good things happen to transgender people
The “If I Was Your Girl” novelist, who is transgender, discusses what it’s like to come out.

I was kind of reacting to finding positive portrayals of trans people. I remember in the ’90s finding out about “Boys Don’t Cry” and I was like, “Oh, there’s a movie about a trans character, and it’s friendly, let’s watch that,” and then at the end of it I was like “I’m going to die!” Even the stories that are friendly to trans people are still really toxic in a lot of ways . . . kind of like prophecy [and] tragedy in the lives of every trans person, and I just wanted a book where good things happen to a trans person.

It was kind of soothing, these sounds of lives being lived all around me, for better or for worse. And there I was, in the middle of them all, newly reborn and still waiting for mine to begin.
—  Sarah Dessen, What Happened to Goodbye
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Help me spread the word to the rest of the booklr community…my book Axiom: The Last Hope is now available on Amazon!!! I couldn’t be more excited! 

Axiom is the story of a dystopian world where the government controls every aspect of life from your job to your marriage. When two girls fall for each other they are forced to hide the relationship or risk being put to death for their love. Can they survive the laws of Axiom? Find out when you buy your copy today!! 

Available in both paperback and kindle formats. 

He slid his arms up around me, and as he kissed me back, I felt something inside me open, like a new life beginning. I didn’t know yet what girl she’d be, or where this life would take her. But I’d keep my eyes open, and when the time came, I would know.
—  Sarah Dessen, What Happened to Goodbye
But anyone can begin. It was the part with all the promise, the potential, the things I loved. More and more, though, I was finding myself wanting to find out what happened in the end.
—  Sarah Dessen, What Happened to Goodbye