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Alison McGhee: What I Leave Behind Is a Love Letter to the Girl I Used to Be

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. Alison McGhee’s young adult novel What I Leave Behind follows a teenage boy named Will as he attempts to make sense of tragedies in his life, the pain that his friends have experienced, and the struggles of others. The book is a deeply personal one for McGhee, and here she shares the story of how her own life and the girl she used to be helped to shape Will and his story. Will, the star of my new book What I Leave Behind, is deeply familiar to me, maybe because he reminds me of myself at his age. Will is lonely, even though he’s loved by everyone who knows him. He absorbs the sadness and struggles of those…

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Indie picks to get your fix: RJ Julia’s YA faves for BookTrib

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Welcome to this week’s Shelfie Picks! We’ve got great recommendations for your weekend reading by the people who know and love books the most — booksellers, librarians and authors. This week we have suggestions based on I Read YA Week. For great new books that fall into the Young Adult genre, we turn to Lori Fazio, manager of  R.J. Julia Booksellers in Madison, Connecticut, who recommends these three exciting page-turners. 1. Off the Page by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer (Delacorte Press, May 19, 2015) Co-written by accomplished author Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer, this is a companion book to their first novel together, Between the Lines. It involves a real girl, Delilah, who falls in love…

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The 3 greatest YA novels ever written?

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It’s I Read YA Week: that one week of the year where all readers, regardless of age, come together to celebrate their love of young adult literature. As a longtime YA fan, I’m always a little annoyed when I’m asked to defend my love of books aimed at “children.” I was especially annoyed when Slate published an article by Ruth Graham last year called, “Yes, Adults Should be Embarrassed to Read Young Adult Books”. My thoughts on the whole scandal are pretty well documented, but needless to say, I had some issues with the idea that any sort of shame or embarrassment should be attached to a reading experience. Though birthed out of the negative backlash towards young adult literature, I…

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