Kelly and special guest Sarah Dessen talk about teen life today, how YA has grown and changed in the last two decades, and what “strong female characters” means.
This episode is sponsored by All The Books, Where You End and I Begin by Preston Norton, from Disney Publishing Worldwide and Amazon Publishing.
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The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
Little Fires Everywhere by Celest Ng
It by Stephen King
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Cut by Patricia McCormick
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon
Dear Martin by Nic Stone
Slay by Brittney Morris
Sixteen by Megan McCafferty
A Summer to Die by Lois Lowry
Ash by Malinda Lo
Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers
A Billion for Boris by Mary Rodgers
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
With The Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
On Writing by Stephen King
For listeners itching to know more about the authors we dove into, you’ll do well looking up books by Jacqueline Woodson, Walter Dean Myers, Julie Anne Peters, David Levithan, Neal Schusterman, Jennifer Smith, and Deb Caletti.