Nic Sheff’s novel Schizo offers a heartbreaking look at what living with a mental illness is really like. After the disappearance of his younger brother Teddy, Miles feels an enormous sense of guilt. Even though everyone around him insists that his schizophrenia is actually getting worse, Miles insists that it’s getting better, which forces him into the role of an unreliable narrator.
The young teen starts to believe that if he can bring Teddy back, then all the dysfunction in his family will be fixed. So, unable to figure out what’s real and what’s imaginary, he embarks on a quest to find his brother’s kidnapper.
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Jakob Crane’s thrilling graphic novel Lies in the Dust: A Tale of Remorse From the Salem Witch Trials allows readers to get inside the head of Ann Putnam, who was one of the young girls believed to be tortured by the “witches” of Salem. Along with her other cronies, Ann pointed a finger at many of her neighbors, and her testimony led to their deaths. However, as an adult, her actions haunted her, and she wrote a letter of apology 14 years after the Trials took place.
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K.A. Harrington’s YA novel Forget Me revolves around a grieving young woman named Morgan who is mourning the loss of her boyfriend. In an attempt to keep his memory evergreen, she uploads a photo of him to a new social media website and is shocked to discover that he has a doppelgänger named Evan. Her revelation kicks off a journey through a tangled web of lies that surrounds her boyfriend, her hometown, and even her parents.
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Nowadays it seems like everyone can’t live without his or her gadgets. Whether it’s a shiny new Macbook Pro for Junior or a Seamless app on your iPhone so you never even have to leave your house to order food, we’ve become so much more complacent in our lives thanks to technology. However, the book trailer for Lauren Miller’s upcoming YA novel Free to Fall will make readers uncomfortable about where the future is headed. In a not-so-distant Earth, there’s an app that makes every single decision for you, and a young girl named Rory must fight to make her own choices.
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In February 2014, novelist Lucy Christopher, who is the author behind The Killing Woods, sat down with Ben Kenower for an interview. They begin with discussing how Christopher knew that “stories were important to her” ever since she was a child. She points out that although writers form the building blocks of the characters, it’s up to the readers to use their imagination to “complete the circle” as it were. While Christopher always tells her writing students to “show not tell,” she does emphasis that you need the readers to bring the characters to life. This is especially important for YA novels, as it allows teens and tweens to fill in the meaning themselves.
Finally, Christopher says that she enjoys writing YA fiction due to the fact that she remembers being a 14-year-old and really connecting with a book. Therefore, Christopher hopes to re-create that feeling for her younger readers. Also, she adds, “teen readers are fantastic” because they’re honest and passionate as well. Ben Kenower’s interview with Lucy Christopher is an interesting glimpse into the motives and inspiration of a successful YA novelist!
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