Memorable Moms in Teen Fiction

Want to get a quick emotional reaction out of someone? Ask them about their mother. In teen books, it's rare to find complex mom characters that feel like real people, as opposed to stereotypes like the wicked stepmother. Here are a few of my favorite mom characters captured on the page. In With the Fire…
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Craft Your Way Through Winter

We all struggle this time of year. I've been coughing and sneezing for weeks. We've barely seen the sun in months. There's only so much Netflix to watch. If you need a new way to chill, find inspiration in these crafty books. Want to create some adorable embroidery while you're binge-watching? Check out 10 Easy…
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The Sun Is Also a Star Readalikes

How excited are you for the movie adaptation of Nicola Yoon's dreamy romance The Sun Is Also A Star? If you can't get enough of love-at-first-meet romances, try these books. My favorite parts of Yoon's novel are Natasha and Daniel's discussions about the multiverse and alternate realities. Another story that incorporates parallel realities is Love…
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Revisit Classic Teen Novels

Debates still rage about what book counts as the first official novel for teens, but most folks agree that S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders, written when the author was only 16, was the first young adult book to majorly impact pop culture. If you haven't seen Francis Ford Coppola's 1983 movie version with its dreamy Brat…
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Cozy Winter Reads for Teens

Winter has arrived early in Chicago. Boo! I wish we could hide under blankets until spring, but since that's not an option, these cozy winter reads will at least warm your heart.  Some books just give you the warm fuzzies. What If It's Us is the sweetest romance I've read in a long time. After Arthur…
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