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Why Body Positivity in the Young Adult Genre is So Vital

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Representation and body positivity matters, and author Maggie Ann Martin is definitely on the same page. Martin is the author of To Be Honest (Swoon Reads), a young adult novel out this month about body image, family dynamics, and diet culture. Here, Martin shares with our partner Bookish why she felt this book was an important one to write, and why representation matters so much–particularly in YA. Growing up, I did not see myself in YA book characters. Or, when I did, they were the quirky, funny supporting character that cheered on the main character from the sidelines. Many of the storylines that had been told from a fat main character point of view focused solely on their quest to become thin and “desirable.” As a young…

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Women’s History Month: 25 Upcoming YA Novels Packed with Girl Power

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It’s Women’s History Month and we are looking forward to all the events and books that celebrate the impact that women have on the world. In addition to bringing you the latest pop culture news and reviews where women are the focus, this month, we are also going to share with you some of the best BookTrib articles of the past that celebrate women and diversity.  Today, we feature this piece from January 10th, 2018 about upcoming YA novels packed full of girl power.  From Katniss to Clary, young adult novels have introduced us to some of the most kickass heroines in literature. This year is no exception, with tons of great female-driven YAs on the horizon by some of our favorite authors. Whether they’re fantasy, contemporary,…

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Writers Recommend: What Angie Thomas, Tayari Jones, and Jennifer Weiner Are Reading Now

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. In order to be a good author, you’ve got to be a good reader, right? That’s what we’ve always thought anyway. To keep our shelves stocked with must-read recommendations, we scoured social media to discover the books that our favorite writers recommend. Angie Thomas has only love to give to Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda and its author, Becky Albertalli. Side note: We’re excited about the film adaptation! When you’re at @beckyalbertalli’s house, holding @beckyalbertalli’s special edition book that @beckyalbertalli signed for you. Go see @lovesimonmovie and go buy SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIEN’S AGENDA. This special edition includes an interview with me, Becky, and @adamsilvera and behind-the-scenes pics from the set of #LoveSimon A post shared by…

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Rose McGowan, Jackie Kennedy, Jojo Moyes and More: 31 New Books By or About Women

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Since day one, women have been leading the way in 2018. Calling for more women to be considered for Grammys this past Sunday, to the second Women’s March a week ago and representing the #MeToo movement at the Golden Globes, women have made it clear that this is the year of the woman, that we will be heard and we are not backing down. In preparing the list of new books out this week, we found that an abundance of books we are looking forward to reading are penned by women or are about women (as is the case with J. Randy Taraboreilli’s book on Jacqueline Kennedy, the only book on our list written by a man). Here are this…

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‘Representation Matters:’ LGBTQIA Literature Goes Mainstream

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From coming of age narratives to personal memoirs, literature has been exploring themes of sexuality for as long as people have been publishing stories. We often call this queer lit (though it’s important to note that some take offense at that term) or gay lit, umbrella terms to identify any type of narrative that features LGBTQIA characters. But in a culture that has long been dominated by heteronormativity, stories exploring alternative sexualities have struggled to find a place in mainstream publishing. Instead, books about LGBTQIA characters have often been relegated to smaller presses or niche audiences. If mainstream books even featured LGBTQIA characters, they were usually treated as the funny or tragic sidekicks supporting the (straight) main character’s journey. There…

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‘I’m With Her’: 25 New YA Novels Packed with Girl Power!

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From Katniss to Clary, young adult novels have introduced us to some of the most kickass heroines in literature. This year is no exception, with tons of great female-driven YAs on the horizon by some of our favorite authors. Whether they’re fantasy, contemporary, sci-fi or more, these books will make you laugh, cry, and root for the girl to save the day. Here are 25 upcoming YA novels that are sure to inject some girl power into your 2018. Onyx & Ivory, Mindee Arnett From Twinkle, with Love, Sandhya Menon Cat Woman: Soulstealer, Sarah J. Maas The Hazel Wood, Melissa Albert Legendary, Stephanie Garber Live Fearless, Sadie Robertson Smoke in the Sun, Renée Ahdieh Puddin’, Julie Murphy Sky in the…

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