We Are YA

We Are YA

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You’ve heard from young adult authors on social, now hear what they really have to say! Writer and journalist Anna Borges talks with the diverse authors that make up the modern YA community on We Are YA, presented by Penguin Teen.


In: Jesse from Bowties & Books
May 1 • 40 min
We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer James for an interview with YA booktuber Jesse from Bowties & Books.
In: Jenny Torres Sanchez
Apr 30 • 18 min
We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Jenny Torres Sanchez, the author of We Are Not from Here.
In: Jessica Goodman
Apr 29 • 27 min
We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Jessica Goodman, the author of They Wish They Were Us.
In: Stephanie Perkins
Apr 28 • 55 min
We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Stephanie Perkins, the author of Anna and the French Kiss and There’s Someone Inside Your House.
In: Lora Beth Johnson
Apr 27 • 25 min
We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Lora Beth Johnson, the debut author of Goddess in the Machine.
In: Vicky Again/Vicky Who Reads
Apr 24 • 30 min
We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer James for an interview with YA book blogger Vicky Again/Vicky Who Reads.
In: Zan Romanoff
Apr 22 • 30 min
We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Zan Romanoff, the author of Look.
In: Rachel Hawkins
Apr 21 • 38 min
We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Rachel Hawkins, the author of Prince Charming and Her Royal Highness.
In: Nina LaCour
Apr 20 • 25 min
We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Nina LaCour, the acclaimed author of We Are Okay and Hold Still.
In: Adriana from perpetualpages
Apr 17 • 34 min
We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer James for an interview with Adriana, the YA booktuber behind perpetualpages.
In: Andrea Tang
Apr 16 • 25 min
We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Andrea Tang, the debut author of Rebelwing
In: Ash Parsons
Apr 15 • 21 min
We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Ash Parsons, the author of Girls Save the World in This One.
In: Tyler Feder
Apr 14 • 22 min
We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Tyler Feder, the author/illustrator of the new graphic novel Dancing at the Pity Party.
In: Astrid Scholte
Apr 13 • 23 min
We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Astrid Scholte, author of Four Dead Queens and her new book The Vanishing Deep.
In: Carmen from Tomes and Textiles
Apr 10 • 42 min
We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer James for an interview with Carmen, the YA bookstagrammer behind @TomesAndTextiles.
In: Julie Berry
Apr 9 • 30 min
We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Julie Berry, the New York Times bestselling author of Lovely War.
In: Amanda Joy
Apr 8 • 20 min
We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Amanda Joy, the debut author of A River of Royal Blood.
In: Cameron Lund
Apr 7 • 18 min
We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Cameron Lund, the debut author of The Best Laid Plans.
In: Patrice Caldwell
Apr 6 • 39 min
We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Patrice Caldwell, editor of the new collection, A Phoenix First Must Burn.
In: Tochi Onyebuchi
Apr 3 • 34 min
We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Tochi Onyebuchi, author of Beasts Made of Night and his new book War Girls.
In: Danielle Vega
Apr 2 • 42 min
We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Danielle Vega, author of The Merciless and her new book The Haunted.
In: Marie Lu
Apr 1 • 31 min
We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Marie, author of Legend, Warcross, and her new book The Kingdom of Back.
In: Laurie Halse Anderson
Mar 31 • 37 min
We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Laurie Halse Anderson, author of Speak & Shout.
In: Ruta Sepetys
Mar 30 • 27 min
We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Ruta Sepetys, author of Between Shades of Gray & The Fountains of Silence.
In: Andrea Roberston
Mar 27 • 29 min
We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Andrea Roberston, author of Forged in Fire and Stars.
In: Jennifer Iacopelli
Mar 26 • 36 min
We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Jennifer Iacopelli, author of Break the Fall.
In: Natalie C. Parker
Mar 25 • 29 min
We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Natalie C. Parker, author of the Seafire trilogy.
In: Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka
Mar 24 • 25 min
We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka, authors of Always Never Yours and the upcoming Time of Our Lives.
In: Isabel Sterling
Mar 23 • 18 min
We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Isabel Sterling, author of These Witches Don’t Burn and the upcoming This Coven Won’t Break.
In: Jennifer Dugan
Mar 20 • 22 min
We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Jennifer Dugan, author of Hot Dog Girl and the upcoming Verona Comics.
In: Melissa de la Cruz
Mar 19 • 17 min
We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Melissa de la Cruz, author of Alex & Eliza and the new bestseller, The Queen’s Assassin.
In: Adib Khorram
Mar 18 • 30 min
We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Adib Khorram, author of Darius the Great Is Not Okay.
In: Kat Cho
Mar 17 • 27 min
We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Kat Cho, author of WICKED FOX.
In: Randy Ribay
Mar 16 • 20 min
We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Randy Ribay, author of PATRON SAINTS OF NOTHING.
Living Multiple Identities with Namrata Tripathi
Nov 7, 2019 • 39 min
Namrata Tripathi on living multiple identities, the power of names, and her new publishing imprint Kokila Books
Good Sex in YA with Laurie Halse Anderson
Oct 31, 2019 • 47 min
Laurie Halse Anderson on female pleasure, the end of hook-up culture, good anger, and her memoir SHOUT.
Is YA Losing Its Edge? with Amanda Joy
Oct 24, 2019 • 42 min
Amanda Joy on content warnings, Euphoria, “issue” books, what Glee would look like in 2019, and her book A River of Royal Blood.
Who owns #OwnVoices? with Kat Cho
Oct 17, 2019 • 42 min
Kat Cho on #OwnVoices, K-Dramas, gif vs jif, and her book Wicked Fox.
Taking the guilt out of guilty pleasures with Renée Ahdieh
Oct 10, 2019 • 32 min
Renée Ahdieh on vampires, reclaiming pleasure, food writing, and her book The Beautiful.
The mental health crisis in YA with Nina LaCour
Oct 3, 2019 • 44 min
Nina LaCour on mental health representation in YA and her novels Hold Still and We Are Okay.
Is social media bad? with Akilah Hughes
Sep 26, 2019 • 57 min
Akilah Hughes on old-school YouTube, digital therapy, Neopets, toxic comment sections, and her book Obviously: Stories from My Timeline.
Finding joy with Gabby Rivera
Sep 19, 2019 • 34 min
Gabby Rivera on writing for Marvel, being a queer joyful Puerto Rican from the Bronx and her book Juliet Takes a Breath.
Introducing We Are YA
Aug 28, 2019 • 0 min
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