Oh, The Youths!

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Eric and Kelly talk about Malinda Lo’s annual LGBTQ YA data count, dig into the problem of the media’s take on “suicide” as a “trend” in YA, and highlight the embarrassing stories behind some favorite YA author AOL Instant Messenger names of yore.


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Malinda Lo’s LGBTQ YA counts for 2015 and 2016.

Dystopia is out but suicide is in when it comes to YA fiction piece

Echo After Echo by Amy Rose Capetta

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Autofocus by Lauren Gibaldi

Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton

After The Shot Drops by Randy Ribay

Break by Hannah Moskowitz

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

The Distance Between Lost and Found by Kathryn Holmes

The Way Back To You by Michelle Andreani and Mindi Scott

Mooncakes by Wendy Xu


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