3 on a YA Theme: Books About the Book World

Tirzah Price

Senior Contributing Editor

Most of Tirzah Price's life decisions have been motivated by a desire to read as many books as humanly possible. Tirzah holds an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and has worked as an independent bookseller and librarian. She’s also the author of the Jane Austen Murder Mysteries, published by HarperTeen, and Bibliologist at TBR: Tailored Book Recommendations. Follow her on Twitter @TirzahPrice.

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Are you ever curious about how books get made? The insider details of what goes into writing—and publishing—a book can seem a bit wild sometimes, and they can certainly feel ripe with drama. These YA books explore what it’s like to be an author, giving you a glimpse at how the sausage gets made. Just remember, it’s all fiction…

AfterworldsAfterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

When Darcy Patel receives a contract to publish her debut novel, which she wrote during NaNoWriMo, she decides to put off college and move to New York City. There she immerses herself into all things publishing and writing, all the while trying to finish her novel, which is harder than she expected. Full of funny insider details and quirky characters, and interspersed between chapters of Darcy’s novel, this is a fun and heartfelt book about the art of writing and discovering yourself.

All of This is TrueAll of This Is True by Lygia Day Peñaflor

When four teen friends befriend their favorite YA writer, they are thrilled. It feels beyond special to have a friendship with someone who really seems to understand them…until their darkest secrets end up in the pages of her new novel. Told in journal entries and transcripts, this book is about a scandal about truth and responsibility in the pursuit of a satisfying story.

The Undoing of Thistle TateThe Undoing of Thistle Tate by Katelyn Detweiler

Thistle Tate is the bestselling teen author of Lemonade Skies, a series of books that has afforded her fans and lots of money. But her darkest secret, one that only one other person knows? She’s not the real author. And with the deadline of the final book in the series fast approaching, Thistle must finally grapple with her role in the situation—is she a fraud or victim?

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