Young Adult author Susane Colasanti is known for writing unbelievably romantic novels about soul mates finding each other. However, not everything is smooth sailing for her characters. Realistic situations, both good and bad, make up the complete stories of love lost and found. This month, Colasanti is releasing All I Need, a story about two very different teens, Skye and Seth, finding each other and finding themselves. A heartwarming tale that starts on the New Jersey Shore, this is a wonderful summer read. In this video, Colasanti sits down with RT's Morgan to discuss what makes Seth and Skye so perfect for each other.
St. Martin's Press is credited with coining the term "New Adult" back in 2009, and most readers of the genre are probably familiar with the common themes: loss of innocence, drug use, taking on adult responsibilities, starting college, dealing with serious relationships, etc.
Those of us "of a certain age" however, know there's a book that predated New Adult, which most of this burgeoning new category probably owe its success to. This book is arguably the Fairy Godmother of New Adult: Judy Blume's Forever.
If you've never read Forever, it was once the book teen girls kept hidden under their mattresses. Published in 1975, it was young adult before YA became the popular category it is today. Dealing with such controversial topics as teen sex (the heroine, Katherine, actually goes all the way with her boyfriend Michael in fairly graphic detail, something that NEVER happened in books back then), birth control, teen pregnancy, drug use, and suicide, Forever has been through the proverbial wars. It's been banned from high school libraries, marketed as an "adult" book instead of a YA book by the publisher because it was deemed too risque for teen readers, and has still been banned by school districts as recently as the last decade.
As Young Adult books become more popular, an increasing number of authors are entering the balancing game that is YA. Writers must please the raging hormones of their readers while understanding the responsibility they have to younger readers and managing the expectations of their parents. At the recent RT Booklovers Convention in Kansas City, authors Josephine Angelini, Gayle Forman, Cynthia Hand, Tara Hudson, and Aprilynne Pike held a panel to discuss trends, attitudes, and the future of the genre.
Panelists (from left to right): Aprilynne Pike, Josephine Angelini, Cynthia Hand, Gayle Forman and Tara Hudson
In January, Young Adult author Gayle Forman released her critically acclaimed novel Just One Day. This RT Top Pick! rated novel immediately got readers' attention not only for the exciting European setting, but also the relatable heroine.
In Just One Day, American teenager Allyson's foreign trip has lacked excitement, that is until she decides to stray from the itinerary and accompany Dutch actor Willem for a day in Paris. What follows is a life-changing adventure that has Allyson wondering what's next — college back in the States, or maybe something different.
This August, the paperback edition of Just One Day releases and the publisher has something exciting planned — a new cover! Very different from the hardcover version, this cover will have readers wondering if that is Allyson and Willem just starting out on their journey in Paris or perhaps they are walking into the sunset, embracing their future. (We'll never tell! You're just going to have to pick up this amazing book to find out for yourself.)
On her own for the first time as a freshman in college, Harper from Molly McAdams' new adult novel Taking Chances deals with some major life changes. And one of the biggest is whether or not to give her heart to Chase, her roommate's older brother. The romance between Chase and Harper is not easy, but intense emotions make it impossible for them to stay apart. In Taking Chances, readers get the story from Harper's point of view, but what was Chase going through during the beginning of this tumultuous relationship? We will get to find out soon when companion novella "Stealing Harper" releases in a few weeks. But as we already know, communicating his feelings is difficult for Chase, so today this tattooed bad boy stops by the RT Daily Blog to share a mixtape he made for Harper along with a special message to show his true feelings. And then at the end of the post we have an exclusive excerpt from "Stealing Harper".
During the third annual Teen Day at the RT Booklovers Convention, readers enjoyed an entire day filled with authors, books and plenty of excitement. First young readers got a chance to buy books and get autographs in YA Alley at the Giant Book Fair. Then, attendees got to hear from authors during a series of panels, which included author speed reading, where authors read brief excerpts from their upcoming releases, and author speed dating, where fans sat and tables and authors rotated, spending some quality time with each group. Finally fans and authors headed off to the fabulous Teen Day Party. But if you couldn’t join us in Kansas City, today we bring you a peek inside the action with some photos of the fun that was had.
A busy YA Alley packed with readers and authors
Authors were on hand to sign books and chat with fans, including Jeri Smith-Ready
Richelle Mead had a long line of fans patiently waiting to get books signed
When Twilight and the Hunger Games first caused the Young Adult genre to explode, it seemed that many authors — both new and seasoned — began to realign their focus onto the teen world. Authors known for their adult work found new audiences and success with YA titles, like Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy novels or Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Chronicles of Nick prequel series. As a reader who primarily read YA, I soon found myself looking up these authors’ adult titles and it wasn’t long until I was fully immersed in both YA and adult romance.
I’m currently reading A.D. Robertson’s Captive, the first in a new erotic series by Andrea Cremer (under a different pen name) set in her Nightshade world. I am absolutely loving it and I started thinking about all the authors who write both YA and adult romances, and the YA authors I would love to see write more adult stories. So here are is my list of five YA authors I hope will cross over to the other side.
Young Adult author Veronica Roth, known for her award winning Divergent series, will be releasing the third in the trilogy, Allegiant, this fall. Recently the author has been on tour sharing what fans can expect as her futuristic dystopian series wraps up. In this interview at the RT Booklovers Convention last week with RT's Elissa Petruzzi, Veronica discusses heroine Tris and what makes her such a great role model. The author also reveals what it was like to visit the movie set to watch actress Shailene Woodley bring her character to life.
The New Adult is a genre rife with stories of young 20-somethings learning more about themselves and finding lasting relationships, and in J.A. Redmerski's The Edge of Never, heroine Camryn takes a big risk that pays off. Camryn leaves her North Carolina hometown abruptly when she decides to escape on a Greyhound bus after a wild night. Little does she know that the bus will lead her straight to Andrew, a guy who pushes Camryn to do more with her life, but also harbors some deep secrets. Today the author shares how much she has in common with her impulsive heroine and how her own life influenced her story. Plus, we offer readers a chance to try the story with an excerpt at the end of this post!
This year at the Giant Saturday Bookfair during the 2013 RT Booklovers Convention, YA Alley was the place to be if you were a young reader or simply young at heart! The area was packed full of authors, there were over 90 in attendance and authors and fans had a great time interacting. We chatted with some of the teens (and their chaperones) in attendance to get an idea of who readers were excited to meet and how young adult books have influenced their lives.
First, we met Kaylee, a 12-year-old reader from the Chicago area who was especially excited to meet Beautiful Creatures authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. She also told us she was looking forward to a special lunch with Rachel Caine later in the day!
Kaylee with a stack of books she got signed
Then, we met superfan Hailey, age 13, who was rocking a fun animal hat, totally appropriate for meeting Colleen Houck, an author known for the amazing shifter characters in her Tiger's Curse series. Hailey told us her favorite things about Houck's books are " ... all the curses and the adventures ... and the romance." We can't argue with that!