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Eric and Kelly talk about love stories for YA readers, dig into the whys and hows of music and its power in YA lit, and offer up YA book recommendations for the Read Harder challenge.


Sponsored by Love, Hate, and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed and  The Love Letters of Abelard & Lily by Laura Creedle.

Hey YA is available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, and right here on Book Riot.



Heart of Ash by Kim Liggett

Along the Indigo by Elsie Chapman

The Wicked Deep by Shae Ernshaw

Three Sides of a Heart edited by Natalie C. Parker

The Girl Who Fell by S. M. Parker

Be True to Me by Adele Griffin

The Trouble with Destiny by Lauren Morrill

If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan

Meet Cute

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han (series)

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han (series)

History is All You Left Me by Adam Sivera

Hit Makers by Derek Thompson

The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr

For the Record by Charlotte Huang

The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley

The Sound of Us by Ashley Poston

So Punk Rock (And Other Ways to Disappoint Your Mother) by Micol Ostow

Fireworks by Katie Cotungo

Noteworthy by Riley Redgate

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd

The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater

Relish by Lucy Knisley

The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson

The Boy on the Bridge by Natalie Standiford

A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman

Boxers and Saints by Gene Lung Yang

Breathe by Sarah Crossan

The Distance Between Lost and Found by Kathryn Holmes

Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee

Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

In Real Life by Jen Wang and Cory Doctorow

The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

A Hero Ain’t Nothin’ But A Sandwich by Alice Childress

Forever… by Judy Blume

His Own Where by June Jordan

Becoming Maria by Sonia Manzano

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Unplugged by Donna Freitas (series)

Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

The Art of Secrets by James Klise

Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn

The V-Word edited by Amber Keyser

Here We Are: Feminism For The Real World edited by Kelly Jensen