This week YA news was hot! Between the premier of the new CW series Riverdale, exciting casting news from Alexandra Bracken, and countless new book announcements, it was a wonderful week to be a book nerd! #WhatATimeToBeAlive… anyways, let’s get it rolling.
Introducing TYLER JOHNSON WAS HERE
Jay Coles’s Black Lives Matter-inspired debut about a boy whose life is torn apart by police brutality when his twin brother, Tyler Johnson, goes missing. We are so excited for this one and so happy for this Coles debut! This book comes after Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give, another Black Lives Matter inspired YA novel which explores the themes of police brutality and social justice.
Add TYLER JOHNSON WAS HERE to your Goodreads shelf!
OMG. AHHH!! I can finally announce this! The book of my heart will finally be in the world! 😭 pic.twitter.com/AmF286un8N
— Jay Coles (@mrjaycoles) January 16, 2017
Thirteen Reasons Why
Selena Gomez is stepping behind the camera with Thirteen Reasons Why, a new Netflix original series based on the 2007 novel of the same name from author Jay Asher! The new series hits Netflix on March 31st and follows the story of Hannah Baker, high school girl who commits suicide. On Wednesday Selena wrote “A peek at a passion project I’ve been working on with Netflix” and then shared the Thirteen Reasons Why trailer with us!
King’s Cage Trailer
Watch The Before I Fall Movie Trailer
Before I Fall premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 21 before hitting theaters March 3! Watch the new trailer below:
The Darkest Minds Got a New Cast Member!
Harris Dickinson has just joined to The Darkest Minds cast! the Beach Rats star has landed the role opposite Amandla Stenberg. Harris will play Liam, who, along with Ruby Daly (Stenberg), develops superpowers after surviving a deadly pandemic that kills the vast majority of children in the country. Jennifer Yuh Nelson is directing the adaptation from a script penned by Chad Hodge, who also co-created and executive produces TNT’s Good Behavior.
— Alexandra Bracken (@alexbracken) January 17, 2017
This Archie inspired TV show FINALLY aired on the CW and it’s safe to say we are obsessed.
As a new school year begins, the town of Riverdale is reeling from the recent, tragic death of high school golden boy Jason Blossom, and nothing feels the same. Archie Andrews (KJ Apa) is still the all-American teen, but the summer’s events made him realize that he wants to pursue a career in music — not follow in his dad’s footsteps–despite the sudden end of his forbidden relationship with Riverdale’s young music teacher, Ms. Grundy (Sarah Habel). Which means Archie doesn’t have anyone who will mentor him — certainly not singer Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray), who is only focused on her band, the soon-to-be-world-famous Pussycats.
Watch the full first episode here!
That’s it for this week in YA news! Did we miss something? Tell us in the comments below!