Episode 11: If Judy Blume’s Characters Had Tumblr

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Eric and Kelly discuss the big YA winners at this year’s Youth Media Awards and dig into the (very wrong) New York Times piece about the lack of sex in YA books.

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Show Notes:

Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Bomb by Steven Sheinkin

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

Vincent and Theo by Deborah Heiligman

Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor

The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt

You’re Welcome Universe by Whitney Gardner

First Part Last by Angela Johnson

Little and Lion by Brandy Colbert

The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

All Systems Red by Martha Wells

The Clockwork Dynasty by Daniel H. Wilson

Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

Electric Arches by Eve L. Ewing

A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea by Melissa Fleming

Malagash by Joey Comeau

Roughneck by Jeff Lemire

She Rides Shotgun by Jordan Harper

Things We Have in Common by Tasha Kavanagh

An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard


That Sex in YA Books article from the New York Times

A Line in the Dark by Malinda Lo

Cherry by Lindsey Rosin

Uses For Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt

The V-Word edited by Amber J Keyser

The Duff by Kody Keplinger

The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera


Additional titles not discussed on the show:


Like Water by Rebecca Podos

Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn

The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle

Biggest Flirts by Jennifer Echols