Monday Quotes: YA Books in Verse

National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month, so we wanted to highlight YA books in verse this week. I know some readers are hesitant to read books in verse, but in my experience they’re wonderful, poignant, and so descriptive. I hope you’ll read this quotes and be inspired to give books in verse a try, especially if […]

Monday Quotes: YA Books About Faith

YA Books about Faith

There aren’t that many YA books that discuss faith in an open, authentic way. Most YA protagonists seem to come from either non-practicing or holiday only or cultural but religious types of families, so it’s always refreshing to read books about teens dealing with spiritual issues. So today, after a weekend that included both a […]

Waiting On Wednesday: Untwine by Edwidge Danticat

Untwine by Edwidge Danticat

I remember reading Edwidge Danticat’s “Breath, Eyes, Memory” right after graduating from college. It had just been named one of Oprah’s Book Club Picks, and it really spoke to me. The mother-daughter issues and the obsessive preoccupation with purity were familiar to me, even though I’m not Haitian and didn’t experience the extreme cultural “testing” […]

YA Diversity Book Club: Black Dove White Raven

Black Dove, White Raven

Welcome to the March edition of the YA Diversity Book Club, a monthly feature we created in partnership with three other book bloggers: Kiki at Gone Pecan, Lucy at The Reading Date, and Kristan at We Heart YA. This month we read the historical novel BLACK DOVE, WHITE RAVEN written by award-winning author Elizabeth Wein. […]

Ten Awesome Deals at Book Outlet

Eleanor and Park

We’re new to the concept of Book Outlet, but after browsing through it, we’re hooked. You can cave up to 90% at Book Outlet! It’s perfect for securing books at a deep discount, but because it doesn’t have as deep an inventory as other booksellers, we’ve done some of the legwork for you and picked […]

Commentary: Where are the Big Girls in YA?

Eleanor in Eleanor & Park

  I consider myself a demonstrated advocate of Diversity in YA. I help run the We Need Diverse Books Twitter chats, and I started the YA Diversity Book Club with three friends to make sure that our regular readers are able to get more recommendations for books that feature diverse themes. But today I want […]

Top Ten Tuesday: Books to Read Spring 2015

Spring 2015 TBR List

This week’s Top Ten is books on our Spring TBR list. There are so many books to read leading up to summer, and I had to cull a bunch, but here are ten I know I’m definitely reading this season. MARCH Half Wild by Sally Green: The sequel to “Half Bad” continues Nathan’s story as […]

Monday Quotes from Insurgent


Since INSURGENT comes out this Friday (woot, more Theo James!), we are dedicating today to INSURGENT quotes. We tried not to pick ones we’ve picked before, even though we know not all of these will make the movie (especially the lines that aren’t dialogue). Are you going to see the adaptation this weekend? Watch this […]

Answering Readers’ Questions

Eleanor and Park

Sometimes we get interesting emails or comments here at Teen Lit Rocks — mostly asking us questions about page-to-screen YA adaptations, so we’ve decided to answer a few readers’ questions. 1. Are you really a movie critic? Yes. And I’m also a professional book reviewer and entertainment writer. That’s why I’m kind of lazy about […]

Monday Quotes: Books That Made Us Cry

Books That Make Us Cry

This has been a week of reading sad and emotionally devastating books, and thanks to the NoVa Teen Book Festival, meeting the author of books that have made me cry, so today’s edition of Monday Quotes is dedicated to novels that touched me (and also Diana!) to the point of tears (sometimes really ugly tears). […]