This movie is a direct response to white people asking us, “Why can’t you get over it? Why are you still mad?” The film replies quite beautifully, “Because it hasn’t ended.”
“The Radius of Us” takes on the difficult topic of immigration in a way that connects readers to the hardships people face in an attempt to find safety. It teaches teens about the realities of immigration in a way they will willingly read and understand.
This novel — written by Atlanta teen Emily Rose Ross — asks us to consider some tough questions. Are dogs pets? Or are they beloved family members? Is it safety or slavery if a dog is collared? What’s a good owner? Should dogs even have owners? This book raises questions!
When her boyfriend breaks up with her for a girl easily defined as a Manic Pixie Dream Girl, Beatrice reinvents herself as Trixie Giovanni, a sunflower-loving, French-speaking, bubbly young girl with an affinity for mismatched shoes in order to win him back.
Victoria Schwab’s book deals with humans and monsters, and sometimes they’re interchangeable, depending on the character. The power of music was a good theme to approach, so I did. “I’ve always found people who play an instrument to be vaguely supernatural. Music is how August nourishes himself, but for Kate, it represents a fear of silence.”
I’m not here to teach you anything. All I want to do is create stories where you can read it and be like, “Yo, he looks like me, sounds like me, he’s dealing with some things that I may be dealing with.”
These sci fi novels are my top five for a reason. They push my imagination to the brink. They make me want to make sense of the world and provide very interesting parallels to the world that we all live in.
Three of my fellow VOX teen journalists, Catherine Boyd, Thalia Butts, and Jason Crichton, had the chance to interview these authors as I assisted some other fellow teens with shooting the video. Each of these authors had interesting things to say about their work. I found all of their inspirations to be both relatable and fascinating, with most of their work being inspired by events and people in their lives.
Unlike a lot of YA heroines, Beatrix Adams doesn’t lose sight of the things she wants most over a boy. She’s very self-possessed.
This is what Jesse from “New Girl” thinks she is, and what Margo Roth Spiegelman “Paper Towns” definitely is. They all are hyper, excitable, quirky young women with a passion for life.