Happy summer, folks! I wish each of you many beach-bound road trips, impromptu bonfires (of the marshmallow-roasting variety, rather than the arson kind) and lemonade. And, for the rare moments when you may want to be inside and on your computer instead of enjoying The Great Outdoors, here are some things to read:
This month, Scholastic and Figment have teamed up to launch a Twitter campaign–tweet what you’re reading to @this_is_teen with the hashtag #ireadya and you could win seven of Scholastic’s favorite YA titles as well as a nifty tote!
What with the semi-new existence of New Adult, sex is a big, unwieldy question mark in the YA genre. Here, Carrie Mesrobian clarifies.
Speaking of sex and sexuality, here’s a fantastic Buzzfeed interview with Michelle Tea about queerness, young adult, never growing up, and her new YA novel, Mermaid in Chelsea Creek.
And, while we’re on the topic, here’s a review of the book itself in which Tea’s editor, Andi Mudd, speaks of magic.
“It’s no accident, says Mudd, that so many novels for teens use magic as a metaphor. ‘When you are that age, you feel very dangerous, everything that happens to you is so intense. You feel if you could just tap into the ley lines, you could explode your whole town.’”• discuss at the blog