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The Myth of Arospec People and Loneliness

Aromantic Spectrum Awareness Week Series: Day 2 by Ruairi There was a horrible moment in realising I was aromantic where it hit me for the first time that the majority of my life plans had gone out the window. Where I'd been taught there should be experimentation and heartbreak and marriage and a happily ever after, [...]

By | February 21st, 2017|Guest Blogs, Readers on Reading, Teen Voices|Comments Off on The Myth of Arospec People and Loneliness

My Kind of Normal

Asexuality in YA Series: Day #3 Previous Posts: What's So Important About Ace Representation? by Kazul Wolf | Navigating the In-Between: Demisexuality in YA Lit by Dill Werner | Introduction: Asexuality in YA Series by Vee S. by Kelly Murashige I thought there was something wrong with me. Some sort of genetic, chemical, or otherwise biological malfunction [...]

By | December 14th, 2016|Archive, Guest Blogs, Readers on Reading, Teen Voices|Comments Off on My Kind of Normal

The Hero’s Journey in Trans YA

by Vee S. Introduction Last year I wrote a post about the “Acceptance” Narrative in Trans YA. That post detailed my thoughts on three problematic books that feature cis characters lamenting how hard it is to know someone who is trans. Today, I want to talk about another issue of representation in trans YA, and [...]

By | December 2nd, 2016|Archive, Guest Blogs, Readers on Reading, Teen Voices, Writers on Writing|1 Comment

Interview: Meredith Russo, author of IF I WAS YOUR GIRL

Trans Awareness Week Series: Day #9 Previous Posts: Reading Myself in Code by Sacha Lamb, Building Zoey's World by Anya Johanna DeNiro, We Need Trans Books… But We Really Need Trans Writers by Elliot Wake, Second Trans on the Moon by Kyle Lukoff, How the Fox Became by Fox Benwell, Interview: Alex Gino, The Room Where it Happens by Parrish Turner, Trans Stories Are Human [...]

By | November 30th, 2016|Archive, Author Interview, Teen Voices|Comments Off on Interview: Meredith Russo, author of IF I WAS YOUR GIRL

Duality, YA, and Crumpled Stickers

Bisexual Awareness Week Day #1 - Previous Posts: Introduction by Shelly Z I’ve begun to see that there is a strange duality when it comes to my pride. I wear it openly online, and in person only to those who I know extremely well. I attended Pride for the second year this summer, and I [...]

By | September 21st, 2016|Guest Blogs, Readers on Reading, Teen Voices|Comments Off on Duality, YA, and Crumpled Stickers

Interview: Vee sits down with David Levithan & Nina Lacour

I had the INCREDIBLE opportunity to be able to sit down with David Levithan & Nina Lacour when they came to Addendum Books on the You Know Me Well book tour. This was literally one of the best experiences of my life and I am so thankful to the authors for taking the time to [...]

By | June 29th, 2016|Archive, Author Interview, Blogathon 2016, Book Club, Fun Things, New Releases, Teen Voices|Comments Off on Interview: Vee sits down with David Levithan & Nina Lacour

Never Am I Whole

by Wesaun  There’s nothing more exciting than the prospect of finally seeing myself in the books I read except, oh wait, I never do. I look and look and search and search and all that meets me is a gap, all that meets me is the laughter track as if I am on a comedy [...]

By | June 18th, 2016|Archive, Blogathon 2016, Guest Blogs, Readers on Reading, Teen Voices, Writers on Writing|Comments Off on Never Am I Whole

GayYA Recommends: You Know Me Well by David Levithan & Nina Lacour

Who knows you well? Your best friend? Your boyfriend or girlfriend? A stranger you meet on a crazy night? No one, really? Mark and Kate have sat next to each other for an entire year, but have never spoken. For whatever reason, their paths outside of class have never crossed. That is until Kate spots [...]

By | June 5th, 2016|Archive, Blogathon 2016, Book Club, Book Review, New Releases, Readers on Reading, Teen Voices|Comments Off on GayYA Recommends: You Know Me Well by David Levithan & Nina Lacour

Friendships Are Hard.

by John Hansen By most standards, I've won the queer lottery. I live in one of the first U.S. states to have legalized gay marriage; I have parents who went through only a minimal learning curve when I came out to them; I attend a high school that not only has a gay-straight alliance, but [...]

By | May 27th, 2015|Archive, Guest Blogs, Teen Voices|2 Comments

Tumblr Teens: BookMad for Diversity

by Manda/BookMad “People talk about coming out as though it’s this big one-time event. But really, most people have to come out over and over to basically every new person they meet. I’m only eighteen and it already exhausts me.” – Everything Leads to You by Nina Lacour This ongoing call for diverse characters—of all [...]

By | May 20th, 2015|Archive, Guest Blogs, Readers on Reading, Teen Voices|Comments Off on Tumblr Teens: BookMad for Diversity