The past year has seen much debate—and much hand-wringing—over the state of young adult fiction. (See our take on the subject from the summer here.) This week, our contest is related to an author who doesn’t shy away from serious topics—and whose second novel, Pieces of Us (Flux), delves even deeper into such issues. It follows four mixed-up teens over the course of one memorable summer, as they deal with things like a parent’s suicide, family abuse and more.
In a behind-the-book essay, Margie Gelbwasser explains what draws her to write about these sorts of things, and why she thinks it is important for teens to be able to read about them.
I’m told my writing is pretty, beautiful, graceful. Lest you think I’m at risk of getting a big ego, I’m often told my books are not. They are the antithesis: dark, disturbing. They are called “too real,” putting the ick in realistic. Should I apologize? Hide? Or take the words as a compliment?
You can win a copy of Pieces of Us. Here’s how:
TO ENTER: Visit our site, read Margie’s piece, and then come back and tell us YOUR opinion on teen fiction in the comments.
CONTEST DETAILS: One winner will be chosen by random.org from among entries received by 5 pm CST on Friday, March 9. The winner will receive a copy of Pieces of Us. Prize must be shipped to a North American address.
ETA: Congratulations to our winner, Nicole! She is an adult reader of YA, and she says she respects YA for its honesty on “cyberbullying, sexual abuse and family relationships.”
Thank you to all who entered! Contest is now closed.