An Analysis of the 2014 Young Adult New York Times Bestseller Lists by Gender of Author

A perennial question was raised in a continuing education course I took on critically evaluating young adult literature: do boys read less because of all those “girly” books written by women? I’ll discuss more on that topic in a separate post. But this question, as well as other discussions about gender and sexism in the… Continue reading An Analysis of the 2014 Young Adult New York Times Bestseller Lists by Gender of Author

Feminist Fridays: On Broken Boys (guest post by Carrie Mesrobian)

Today I’m pleased to feature a post by author Carrie Mesrobian, whose debut novel, Sex & Violence, I reviewed earlier this week. A while ago on Twitter, I was gabbing with Heather of The Flyleaf Review and Asheley of Into The Hall of Books about our favorite juicy super-vampire series, The Black Dagger Brotherhood by… Continue reading Feminist Fridays: On Broken Boys (guest post by Carrie Mesrobian)

Forbidden Love in Tehran: If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan

If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan  Published: August 20th 2013 by Alqonquin Young Readers Source: ARC from publisher Synopsis (Goodreads): In this stunning debut, a young Iranian American writer pulls back the curtain on one of the most hidden corners of a much-talked-about culture. Seventeen-year-old Sahar has been in love with her best friend, Nasrin,… Continue reading Forbidden Love in Tehran: If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan

10 YA Novels with LGBTQ Characters

Queer lit is my favorite category of YA lit. Even as a heterosexual, cisgender woman, I still relate to these characters and am often moved by their stories. I think it’s important for queer readers to be able to find stories that reflect them, but I also think it’s important for all readers to seek… Continue reading 10 YA Novels with LGBTQ Characters

Feminist Fridays: Sexism in the World of Science Fiction + Diversity in Dystopian Fiction + Badass YA Heroines

I find I’m always interested in feminist perspectives, whether it’s in regards to literature, pop culture, or current events. Feminist Fridays is going to be my forum for discussing these issues, and may come in the form of book (or other media) reviews, link roundups, or my rambling thoughts essays. If you’d like to make a habit of discussing… Continue reading Feminist Fridays: Sexism in the World of Science Fiction + Diversity in Dystopian Fiction + Badass YA Heroines