Episode 5: It’s All About YOU(th)!

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This month, we look at the wonderful world of YA: Young Adult literature.

From the fantastical to the bleak, what is it about lit for young people that has such broad appeal and such enduring importance?

We also chat to a local youth worker, Josh, from SENTRAL Youth Services, and a couple of very awesome young people tell us what exactly BookTok is all about.



Shelf-absorbed (books we reviewed)

Sky Without Stars by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

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  •  Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett


Shelf-important (things we mentioned)

General references:

A Brief history of Young Adult Literature

A Century of Reading

Why are Realistic Young Adult Novels so bleak? 

Youth Week – it’s all about you’th

Sentral Youth Services

Amie Kaufman on Writing

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  • Walt Whitman
  • Judy Blume
  • Greta Thunberg
  • Malala Yousafzai


Movies/television shows/plays:

  • Pretty Little Liars
  • Gossip Girl
  • Who’s on First?
  • These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
  • Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Call of the Wild by Jack London
  •  Seventeenth Summer by Margaret Daly
  •  The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
  •  Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  •  Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  •  The Contender by Robert Lipsyte
  • The Outsider by SE Hinton
  •  The Hardy Boys by Franklin W Dixon
  • Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene
  •  Trixie Belden by Julie Campbell and Kathryn Kenny
  •  The Chocolate War by Jerry Cormier
  •  Sweet Valley High series by Francine Pascal
  •  Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare
  •  The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
  •  13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  •  Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
  •  Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants by Ann Brashares
  •  Harry Potter series by JK Rowling



  • Snow White
  • Belle
  • Rapunzel


I just can't help my-shelf (more please)





  • Roses in Hand



  • Liane Moriarty
  • Colleen Hoover
  • Sally Rooney
  • Madeline Miller



  • Betty by Tiffany McDaniel
  • The Bellwether Revivals by Benjamin Wood
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J Maas
  • A Darker Shade of Magic series by V.E. Schwab
  • From Blood and Ash series by Jennifer L Armentrout

Shelf-obsessed (further reading)

  • The Darkest Minds series by Alexandra Bracken
  • Illuminae series by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
  • To all the boys I’ve loved before series by Jenny Han
  • Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu
  • The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer
  • Dash & Lily series by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  • Montague Siblings series by Mackenzi Lee
  • Heartstopper series by Alice Oseman
  • Special Forces Cadets series by Chris Ryan