To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before with The YA Room

What’s better than finally getting to see one of your most anticipated YA adaptations of the year? Seeing it with a group of people who are just as excited as you are! And that’s what we’re here for. The YA Room: providing shoulders to cry on over fictional crushes since ’17.

We’ve been dying to watch everyone’s much-awaited adaptation of Jenny Han’s To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, so we thought we’d celebrate its release by doing something extraordinary. Skip the whole “small screen” business of watching it all alone at home and come along to The YA Room’s YA Movie Night bonanza! Mark Saturday 18th August in your calendars, because this is an event you won’t want to miss.

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Pride Picnic

We’re hosting a Pride Picnic in celebration of Pride Month! Come along for an afternoon of feasting on rainbow-coloured food (and Oreos, duh) and talking about all your favourite queer YA novels.

We’ll be meeting at the top of Fed Square (near ACMI), and if it’s raining or cold, we’ll be moving inside The Atrium. Please bring a rug and something yum to share! Bonus points if it’s cake. Everyone loves cake.

We hope to see you there!

Grab a ticket here!

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May Book Meet

Today we hosted our May Book Meet, where we were joined by a bunch of passionate Melbourne YA readers to discuss our Book of the Month, I Was Born for This by Alice Oseman. As usual, we had a lovely afternoon that involved drinking coffee, talking about fandoms, and swooning over the gorgeous characters in this novel.

We’re already looking forward to our next Book Meet, where we’ll be discussing A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews. It’s going to be great! Free tickets will be released soon, so make sure you keep an eye out on our social media platforms.

Whether you’ve been to a ton of our Book Meets before or you’re interested in coming along for the first time, we’d love to see you there!


A Thousand Perfect Notes

36389267An emotionally charged story of music, abuse and, ultimately, hope.

Beck hates his life. He hates his violent mother. He hates his home. Most of all, he hates the piano that his mother forces him to play hour after hour, day after day. He will never play as she did before illness ended her career and left her bitter and broken. But Beck is too scared to stand up to his mother, and tell her his true passion, which is composing his own music – because the least suggestion of rebellion on his part ends in violence.

When Beck meets August, a girl full of life, energy and laughter, love begins to awaken within him and he glimpses a way to escape his painful existence. But dare he reach for it? 


Order your copy of A Thousand Perfect Notes from Dymocks, Booktopia, or Book Depository.

And for everyone who’s not in Melbourne, we also host a monthly Twitter chat the Monday before our official Book Meet. #YARoomChat is an hour-long conversation about our current Book of the Month – and there are no spoilers, so don’t worry if you haven’t finished the book yet!Read More »

What’s Been Happening in the World of YA?

How are we already more than a quarter of the way through the year? These past three months have absolutely flown by, full of amazing launches, brilliant events, and more books than we can keep track of without Goodreads’s help. So we want to celebrate everything we’ve done in 2018 so far!

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Penguin Showcase

What an incredible night! We both had such an amazing time at the Penguin Showcase last year, where we heard all about the upcoming YA novels we could get our hands on, but this year the showcase was even more of anticipated event. And that’s because we got to see Love, Simon! Eleni Hale and Margot McGovern were also in attendance, and it was lovely to get a chance to chat with them. Love, Simon was definitely the highlight of the night though — we laughed, we cried, and we ate more Oreos than we probably should have. It was amazing.


YA Day

At the end of January, we had our most anticipated bookish event that we’d been planning for over six months — YA Day. YA Day was a one day bookish convention, where we had four panels, thirteen guest panelists, and over 80 people in attendance! We’d never done something as ambitious as this event, but we couldn’t be more thrilled with how the day turned out and the amount of support we received. We can’t wait for YA Day 2019!

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Upcoming YA Day + January Excitement

We can’t believe that YA Day is just over two weeks away! WHERE HAS THAT TIME GONE?! We’ve been super busy all month organising an amazing day, and we’re so thrilled that everyone who’s bought a ticket will be able to come and enjoy the day we’ve spent months planning. But the day wouldn’t be possible without you – so THANK YOU!

If you  would like to learn more about YA Day and jog your memory with who you’ll be seeing on a panel, check out this post! If you still haven’t got a ticket, click this link – they’re selling out fast! This is your LAST CHANCE to grab one, so don’t miss out!

An important things to remember for the day is that only ticket holders will be able to enter the venue, so make sure you have a print out of your ticket, have it on your phone, or be able to validate your email address (for Kickstarter backers ONLY) at the door. Please make sure you check your email before the day to see if there are any last-minute announcements from us.Read More »

#LoveOzYA and Instagram | Margot McGovern

Now we have a very exciting post about #LoveOzYA and Instagram by Margot McGovern! We love her discussion about why Instagram is important, and how to make your bookstagram shine!

Thank you, Margot!

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I’m a YA reader and author and also an Instagram tragic (@project_lectito). When I’m not reading or writing, chances are I’m either taking bookish snaps or ogling gorgeous pics from other bookstagrammers. I’m particularly addicted to the #LoveOzYA hashtag. It warms my heart to see so many thousands of images celebrating local stories.

One of the reasons I write YA is because of the Australian YA I read growing up. I read a lot of books from overseas too—Fear Street and Point Horror mostly—but it’s the Aussie stories, stories by John Marsden, Melina Marchetta, Gillian Rubinstein and Robin Klein (to name a few), that have stayed with me. I loved that these stories take place in a recognisable landscape and spoke to my experience as a young Australian. They made me feel that the action was happening here as well as overseas, and that my story mattered just as much as those of teenagers in other countries. Read More »

How Australia Scares Us | Andrew Jaxson

Today we have another excellent post for our #LoveOzYA Month, this time by Andrew Jaxson! Andrew shared all the ways in which Australia scares us, and how this makes for great novels. We couldn’t agree more!

Thank you, Andrew!

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To plagiarise Douglas Adams, Australia is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is.

It’s this vastness, this unknowable, beautiful, terrifying scale that has infused so many Australian stories.

Australian YA doesn’t exist in a vacuum – our work is guided and inspired by work of all genres, from all times – and in Australia our national stories have an extraordinary heritage. We live in a country that has shaped one of the oldest cultural histories in the world, where Indigenous oral tradition connects the landscape to spirituality, family, identity, darkness and beauty. It’s one of the reasons I chose to start the prequel to the Unseen series, The Dark Unseen, with a reference to one of these stories. Our narratives are inextricably linked with our landscape. It shapes our voices.Read More »