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There are days when I crank up the Gossip Girl soundtrack, scribble in colored pens, and kick it with the latest and greatest young adult lit. In other words, I pretend to be 15.

I have few qualms about my unadulterated love for young adult (YA) literature. There’s some really great writing in this genre. Like poetry, YA is unafraid to experiment with form and content. It’s innovative and evolving faster than literary fiction. YA is willing to take risks that other genres shy away from.

Looking for a few good reads? Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor is an exquisite, lusty gothic romance. The Amanda Project by Stella Lennon is an interactive mystery about an elusive, bright teenage girl who has disappeared. Whip It, that roller derby movie with Ellen Page and Alia Shawkat, is based off an excellent book called  Derby Girl by Shauna Cross.

For more recommendations, check out The Story Siren and The Compulsive Reader.