Remember when admitting that you read YA was like revealing a dirty little secret? Thank god for The Hunger Games. It was like a giant, dystopian coming-out party for everyone.
Now there's no shame in the YA game, and over the past few years this genre has given us some seriously good reads. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell renewed my faith in humanity, The Fault in Our Stars delivered on its promise of a cathartic ugly cry, and Jandy Nelson's I'll Give You the Sun broke my heart in all the right places.
I'll admit I am a sentimentalist. I love earnest, heartfelt stories. I have a hard time with unlikeable characters, but YA protagonists tend to be incredibly sympathetic. I'm rooting for them. And when the world feels like a scary, terrible place—like, um, right now—I seek refuge and solace in books. YA books are a perfect escape from the harsh adult realities of our current political climate. Things often suck for the kids in these books, but at least everything gets resolved in the end.
I also have to hand it to YA writers (and editors) for working to bring more diversity into mainstream publishing. Young readers need to see themselves reflected in books, and white, male, authors have dominated the shelves for long enough, thankyouverymuch. I'm thrilled to be hearing more voices like Nicola Yoon's, an author who was raised in Jamaica and Brooklyn.
Yoon's debut novel, Everything, Everything, tells the story of 18-year-old Madeline who has a severe autoimmune disease that forces her to remain inside her house at all times. Her only human contact is with her mother and her nurse. When a boy moves in across the street, her world opens up and her life will change forever.
This book is chock-o-block of feels, and it's no wonder that it got scooped up by Hollywood. The movie adaptation premieres on May 19th, and to help spread the word, Warner Bros. has offered a sweet little giveaway to Silent Book Club members. Enter below for a chance to win a free copy of the book, two free movie passes, plus a swag bag full of goodies including a tote, an iPhone case, a makeup pouch, a gym bag, and more.
Everything, Everything Giveaway
Oh, and take a peek at the trailer. Recognize the actress? It's Amandla Stenberg, who is best known for her portrayal of Rue in The Hunger Games. She also appeared in Lemonade and was named "Feminist of the Year" in 2015 by the Ms. Foundation for Women. She is a badass.
Two grand-prize winners will win a copy of the book, two free movie passes, and everything pictured below, and 8 runners-up will win the movie swag (no book). Winners must be 18 years old and current U.S. residents. Good luck!
Thank you to Warner Bros. Pictures for sponsoring this giveaway. Everything, Everything opens in U.S. theaters on May 19th.