YA Diversity Book Club: Favorite LGBT Themed Novels

Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel

Welcome to the fifth 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 Sara Farizan’s sophomore novel “Tell Me How a Crush Should Feel,” a contemporary […]


Q&A with Mira’s Diary Author Marissa Moss

marissa moss q-a

Although we focus on young adult literature here on Teen Lit Rocks, we also think Middle Grade Rocks! My 9-year-old daughter is particularly invested in books aimed at 8-12 year olds, and we are big fans of author-illustrator Marissa Moss‘ MIRA’S DIARY series. It started with LOST IN PARIS, continued with HOME SWEET ROME, and […]


Monday Quotes: National Book Award Finalists

National Book Award

This week we’re celebrating the National Book Awards by quoting from books that have been finalists for the Award for Young People’s Literature. Below are some of my favorites from the past few years. What are your favorite National Book Award finalists? “Noggin” by John Corey Whaley But in that moment I understood what they […]


Top Ten Tuesday: Characters Who Deserve a Spinoff Book

Top Ten Characters for a Spinoff

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is about supporting characters we’d love to see get their own book. Since Diana has done a few TTTs on her own, I’m paying her back by taking care of this week’s via Wordle. Here’s the twist: if you correctly identify the books these names come from (some are way […]


Monday Quotes: YA Books Set Deep in the Heart of Texas

YA Books Set in Texas

We’ve been doing Monday Quotes for a while now and would love to know if anyone else wants to join in the fun, if we provided themes or prompts? We’ve gotten a couple of emails about it but have always just considered it a TLR feature. But if you are looking for an occasional and […]


YA Diversity Book Club: Lies We Tell Ourselves Discussion

Lies We Tell Ourselves

Welcome to the fourth 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 debut author Robin Talley‘s historical novel “Lies We Tell Ourselves,” an unforgettable story […]


Monday Quotes: Hooray for Grandparents in YA

monday quotes: grandparents

Today would’ve been my beloved grandmother’s 105th birthday; I was 18 days shy of my 13th birthday when she died, and I was literally the last person she spoke to before she died. She lived with us, and I didn’t realize it wasn’t the norm to live with your grandparents until I was in junior […]


Editor’s Pick: Althea & Oliver by Cristina Moracho

Althea & Oliver

 “Althea & Oliver” by Cristina Moracho Publish Date: Oct. 9, 2014 | Publisher: Viking Juvenile | Pages: 384 | Buy it on: Amazon ~  IndieBound What if you live for the moment when life goes off the rails—and then one day there’s no one left to help you get it back on track? Althea Carter […]


Page to Screen: Updates on YA-Based Movies

The Maze Runner

Because of my day job, I often get asked what I know about upcoming young-adult movies. What most book fans probably already know is that just because a book gets optioned (meaning someone has acquired the rights to adapt it into a television show or movie) doesn’t mean the title is actually going to end […]


Reflections on ‘Barracuda’

Barracuda

First let’s get it over with that the very first thing that comes to mind when I (and most of you over the age of 35) hear the word “Barracuda” is of course, Heart’s classic rock single. It’s one of my favorite rock anthems, and I think Annie and Nancy are amazing. But today, as […]