June is one busy month for you young adults, what with the end of school, the kick-off of summer, blockbuster movies, and the celebration of Pride month. With finals and parades behind you, it’s time for lazy days of reading on the beach with all those must-reads you never had time for during the school year. So, sit back relax and check out these links below.
• Paste Magazines picks a range of novels, memoirs and poetry informed by the queer experience for its list of 10 YA must-reads for Pride month.
• For YA writer Zan Romanoff, the power of the queer conspiracy theory around two members of the band, One Direction, turned into a compelling plot for her new novel, Grace and the Fever.
• Mariko Tamaki’s ninth and latest book, Saving Montgomery Sole, is about a teenage girl with a fascination with the supernatural, living in a small town with her two mothers and a homophobic preacher.
• Summertime means a new crop of movies. Over at Ozy, find a list of 3 YA books to read before they’re turned into movies.
• One of my favorite YA authors, Sarah Dessen, just came out with her 13th novel. At Hypable, she talks about how she still keeps it fresh.
• At Vogue culture, read about how before there was Harry Potter and Twilight, there was The Secret Circle.
• Finally, at NPR, Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks about how YA fiction uses myths to keep traditional storytelling alive.
Happy summer & happy reading!