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From great new books to favorite classic reads, from news to the latest in on-screen adaptations, Hey YA is here to elevate the exciting world of young adult lit.

Hey YA Book Riot

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    • 4.4 • 138 Ratings

From great new books to favorite classic reads, from news to the latest in on-screen adaptations, Hey YA is here to elevate the exciting world of young adult lit.

    Reproductive Freedom is a YA Issue

    Reproductive Freedom is a YA Issue

    This week, Tirzah recommends three YA novels about reproductive freedom.
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    Books Discussed:
    Unpregnant by Jenni Hendriks and Ted Caplan
    Aftercare Instructions by Bonnie Pipkin
    Girls Like Us by Rani Pink
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    • 13 min
    Free Books For All!

    Free Books For All!

    This week, Erica and Tirzah discuss some great resources for free YA books for teens this summer!
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    Books and Sites Discussed:
    Queer book sales surge with YA books leading the way
    NYPL is giving away 500,000 books
    Riveted Lit
    Tor.com
    The Novl
    SYNC Audiobooks
    Free comics resources
    In Purpose Banned Books for Teens
    Overdrive The Big Library Read
    Kings, Queens, and In–Betweens and Bruised by Tanya Boeteju
    When We Were Magic by Sarah Gailey
    We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson
    Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
    In Deeper Waters by F.T. Lukens
    A Dark and Hollow Star by Ashley Shuttleworth
    Sweet and Bitter Magic by Adrienne Tooley
    Five Total Strangers by Natalie D. Rishcardson
    Reverie by Ryan La Sala
    The Girl With the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke
    Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson
    Dear Martin by Nic Stone
    All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson
    Honestly Ben by Bill Konigsburg
    This is My America by Kim Johnson
    Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
    Sisters of the Snake by Sasha and Sarena Nanua
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    • 54 min
    It’s Giving Zendaya As Joan of Arc: Retellings for Hey YA Extra Credit

    It’s Giving Zendaya As Joan of Arc: Retellings for Hey YA Extra Credit

    Erica discusses a couple new YA books that retell familiar stories in new and interesting ways.
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    Books Discussed:
    One for All by Lillie Lainoff
    Alice in Kyoto Forest by by Mai Mochizuki, illustrated by Haruki Niwa
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    • 18 min
    Let’s Talk About Asexuality in YA!

    Let’s Talk About Asexuality in YA!

    Tirzah and Erica celebrate Pride Month by discussing some great YA books that center asexual people and characters.
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    Links Discussed:
    We’re hiring a Digital Marketing Manager! Applications are due July 10, 2022, 8:45pm Pacific Time.
    Make sure to check out Riveted Lit’s list of free books for the month of June that we will discuss in the next full episode!
    Rachel Zegler To Star in Hunger Games Prequel Film
    Book Riot list of asexual books
    Epic Reads list of asexual books
    LGBTQA+ Reads list of books with different representations
    Books Discussed
    A Quick and Easy Guide to Asexuality by Molly Muldoon and Will Hernandez
    Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kahn
    Loveless by Alice Oseman
    Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko
    Arden Grey by Ray Stoeve
    Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger
    Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman
    Now Entering Addamsville by Francesca Zappia
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Happy Pride, YA Readers!

    Happy Pride, YA Readers!

    This week, Tirzah kicks off Pride Month with a bunch of recommendations of 2022 LGBTQ+ YA releases!
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    Books Discussed
    Nothing Burns as Bright as You by Ashley Woodfolk
    The Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School by Sonora Reyes
    Just Your Local Bisexual Disaster by Andrea Mosqueda
    Out of the Blue by Jason June
    Epically Earnest by Molly Horan
    A Little Bit Country by Brian D. Kennedy
    Youngblood by Sasha Laurens
    The Killing Code by Ellie Marney
    None Shall Sleep by Ellie Marney
    A Scatter of Light by Malinda Lo
    Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo
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    • 13 min
    Excellent YA Graphic Memoirs

    Excellent YA Graphic Memoirs

    Erica and Tirzah talk about graphic memoirs for YA readers and how this comics format makes for some great nonfiction storytelling!
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    Links and Books Discussed:
    House to hold hearing on classroom censorship
    Read the letter from 1300 authors condemning book banning
    Colin Kaepernik is releasing a graphic memoir
    WeNeedDiverseBooks to send care packages to LGBTQ+ teens and how you can donate
    Passport by Sophie Gluck
    Almost American Girl by Robin Ha
    Banned Book Club by Kim Hyun Sook AOC
    Huda F Are You? By Huda Fahmy
    They Called Us Enemy by George Takei, Justin Eisinger, and Steven Scott
    The Fire Never Goes Out by Noelle Stevenson
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    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
138 Ratings

138 Ratings

Summerchimera ,

Very informative

I like this pod a lot because I want to know what to read next. V informative with all the recommendations but... I wish there was more substance! Maybe do a couple episodes every quarter digging deep into a single book or two, with guests and a spoiler disclaimer?

Also, a small note: Paper Girls is by Brian K Vaughn, rather than Bryan Lee O’Malley as the podcast and episode notes say.

Forsyth4Ever ,

Down hill after Kelly left

I loved when Kelly hosted! She was always bringing great books from all different points of view.
But lately Erica has been getting way too political. I come here to get away from politics. We hear about this stuff all the time and I read to escape a lot of it.

Everyone_And_No-one ,

Recommendations you won’t find anywhere else

I am an avid YA reader, and sometimes I get sick of BookTube, Epic Reads, and other online bookish spaces because they recommend the same, mostly white, books on rotation. When I discovered this podcast, I found so many new recommendations in the first episode I listened to alone. Kelly and Eric (and now Kelly and Sarah) KNOW YA, and they KNOW indie books. In every episode, I find new reads that not only fit my reading tastes but are fantastic titles that are not getting nearly enough attention. For example, I picked up The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls a few years ago based on Kelly’s recommendation, and I still swoon over the book to this day. If Kelly hadn’t recommended it, I wouldn’t have picked it up and I would have missed out on my favorite read of that summer. If you are looking for recommendations that aren’t the 5 “hot” new titles being publicized that you’ve already read, PLEASE listen to this phenomenal podcast. Also, and this won’t persuade you to listen, but the hosts and I have similar reading tastes and bookish-sphere topics that interest us and it makes me happy :)

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