'New Adult' Fiction Has Tons of Sexy Sex for the Millennial Reader…

You're, let's say, a young adult floating in that hazy 18-25-year-old range where you may or may not be resisting grown-up responsibilities by playing Arkanoid and drinking Pepsi Max in your parents' basement. Maybe you recently embarked on a month-long project to re-read all the Harry Potter books and thereby… » 12/22/12 3:00pm 12/22/12 3:00pm

White Folks Star in 90% of 2011's Young Adult Book Covers

Last year—riffing on a hand-wringy Wall Street Journal article about the thematic "darkness" of YA books—blogger Kate Hart created a "YA Cover Color Wheel," sorting the top titles of 2010 by their literal colors. Then she dug into some more pointed analysis of "where YA covers are most definitely NOT dark:… » 5/21/12 3:10pm 5/21/12 3:10pm

YA Books Aren't Teaching Kids How to Swear, But Let's Go Ahead and…

You'd think, given how much concern we're constantly professing about kids these days, that we'd be happy anytime they picked up a goddamn book rather than playing a video game in which they're murdering people or slutting it up by sexting with their friends. Well, not so! Professor Sarah Coyne, of Brigham Young… » 5/18/12 10:00am 5/18/12 10:00am

Beloved YA Author in War With Bank of America

Today in depressing housing-market news, YA author Francesca Lia Block could lose her home because the bank won't return her calls. The author of the Weetzie Bat books is underwater on her mortgage due to the recession. To make things more complicated, the mortgage is in her mom's name, and her mom is now dead. To… » 3/13/12 5:30pm 3/13/12 5:30pm

The Simpsons Know The Secret For Writing The Perfect Tween Novel

Last night's Simpsons dove into the world of fiction writing in an episode titled "The Book Job." Lisa was disgusted with Homer's periodical of choice — JetSki Wanter magazine — which was written by a committee of writers. So Homer got the idea to gather Springfield's best and brightest and work on a YA novel! The… » 11/21/11 5:20pm 11/21/11 5:20pm

Tyra Banks Says Writing A Book Gave Her Alopecia

Tyra Banks says it took five years to write her New York Times best-selling sci-fi Young Adult novel, Modelland. Characters like Tookie de la Creme don't name themselves, ladies! (Seriously though: her poor, ignored ghost-writer.) Ty-Ty got the idea while in the back of a car, wrote it down on a piece of paper, and… » 10/18/11 12:30pm 10/18/11 12:30pm

Read The First Chapter Of Tyra Banks' Modelland

The first chapter of Tyra Banks' much-anticipated writing debut has hit the net, and, well, it's pretty much exactly as-advertised. Banks had hyped the Young Adult series as a mix of the life of a model and the Harry Potter series, and from what we can garner from the sample selection at Barnes & Noble, her… » 8/11/11 7:00pm 8/11/11 7:00pm