Like Daughters of Eve before it, Lois Duncan’s Down a Dark Hall is an expertly executed parable of the terror of teenage girlhood, when adults simply don’t understand and refuse to listen and the most valuable thing about you is your unspoiled youth and your easily influenced mind. Teenage girls in fiction—and,…
Quvenzhané Wallis, the actor whose star turn as Hushpuppy in Beasts of the Southern Wild earned her an Oscar nomination at age nine and also made me sob in a darkened theatre, has written not one, but two children’s books.
Moral panic, here is your tape.
While promoting The Shallows, her (surprisingly) thrilling shark attack movie, Blake Lively was asked by People’s Jess Cagle about the potential for a second sequel to 2005's hit The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. “There’s a strong chance there might be a third,” Lively said, adding to rumors that have been around…
Meg and Cal! Meg and Cal! Meg and Cal!
John Green, author of bestselling novels-turned-movies The Fault In Our Stars and Paper Towns, is a superstar. Teens love him. Adults love him. Taylor Swift loves him. The film adaptation of his first YA novel, Looking For Alaska, begins production soon in Michigan, and will almost certainly be his third box office…
Kristin Halbrook and Courtney Summers are two gifted Young Adult novelists whose new books confront the realities of sexual assault. Because their previous books handled topics like abuse and bullying with insight and nuance, I trusted that neither author would be writing rape for shock value, instead exploring the…
Can publishers ride the wisdom of the crowds to the bestseller lists? One YA imprint is trying.
Fans have been waiting over 20 years for a movie version of Lois Lowry's The Giver, and we're finally getting one this weekend. But this isn't the only classic novel that's overdue for a movie adaptation. Here are 10 beloved YA novels that would make for incredible movies... and why they probably won't get adapted.
If you were a fan of easy-to-read horror and suspense during the halcyon days of your middle school youth, you will be devastated to learn that "Head Mary Sue" Stephenie Meyer has decided to go where no one invited her: Down the dark hall of producing films based on the work of Lois Duncan. God help us all.
Harry Potter, Twilight, Hunger Games and now Divergent — young adult fiction is having a moment, and adults are part of it.
According to a new study out of the University of London’s Institute of Education, kids who spend time reading for fun perform better in school than kids who don't (buncha nerds).
Yesterday, Warner Brothers won a bidding war for the movie rights to The Young World, the first in a trilogy of post-apocalyptic YA novels about a cataclysmic event that kills off everyone on earth not between the ages of 12 and 21. PARTY! Oh shit, nevermind, I would totally be dead.
Collins spoke at last weekend's BookExpo America and revealed that she's bored of swimming in her money-shaped money pool and is now set to work on a new series of novels starring teens in turmoil.
Judy Blume's very first big screen movie is coming, and everyone is very, very excited.
Jason Segel has the entire world of entertainment on lock. Is there anything this dude can't do? Acting, writing, relating to young adults via a series of not yet released books? This guy. Right?
This is exciting for fans of old-school YA, and anyone who loves weird old books. So, um, I think that covers almost all Jezebel readers? Let's do this.
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…
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:…