courtney summers | author

courtney summers | author

Official Tumblr of YA author Courtney Summers

Courtney Summers is the author of CRACKED UP TO BE (2009), SOME GIRLS ARE (2010), FALL FOR ANYTHING (2011), THIS IS NOT A TEST (2012), PLEASE REMAIN CALM and ALL THE RAGE (forthcoming, 2015). To find out more, visit courtneysummers.ca

Stacked: Suicide and Depression in YA: A Discussion and Book List

catagator's book guide of YA novels dealing with suicide and depression is worth checking out and sharing. It is so important to educate yourself about these topics. Fiction is a great tool to start a dialogue about both and also something to turn to so you feel less alone, whether or not you know someone who struggles with depression/suicidal thoughts or you are someone who does.

It’s amazing how many different ways you will hear this kind of sentiment leaving the mouths of a disappointing amount of people. Another book about a girl falling in love. Another book about a girl with trauma. Another book about mean girls. Oh no not another book about a girl that is breathing and alive and on and on and on. Why write them? When is enough enough with these girl stories?

courtney summers, writing for girls

really though read the whole post but this part just jumped out at me so loud

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one day, I will write a follow-up to this post.

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disabilityinkidlit:

Six MG/YA novels featuring protagonists with depression:

It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
This Is Not a Test
by Courtney Summers
Lovely, Dark and Deep by Amy McNamara
Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets by Evan Roskos
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

We have not yet reviewed any of these at Disability in Kidlit—though our contributors have given a thumbs-up to the portrayal of depression in both Lovely, Dark and Deep and Will Grayson, Will Grayson. If you’ve read any of these, please share your thoughts!

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Hello! IT IS TIME FOR A GIVEAWAY! Today is the release day of Kelly Jensen’s (catagator) IT HAPPENS: A Guide to Contemporary Realistic Fiction for the YA Reader. This is a wonderful resource not only for educators but for fans of YA fiction, so whether you work with teens or you just really love YA fiction and you’re looking for a wide range of titles to build your To Read list upon, YOU WANT THIS BOOK.
Kelly is one of the most insightful voices working in the online book community and she has written some hard hitting, pointed pieces about YA in the past that you might have read before: Five Things You Need to Know About YA Fiction, Books for Boys and Books for Girls: The Problem with Gendered Reading, The Girl Myth in YA Fiction (And Beyond), A Censored History of Ladies in YA Fiction, Ridiculous Ways the Internet Explains Why Adults Read YA Fiction, What Are Grown-Ups Afraid of In YA Books?, and The Reductive Approach to YA.
And that’s just to name a few. It has been amazing to watch many discussions surrounding the importance of YA, the way we view gender in YA (and more) be revitalized with something that Kelly wrote. Her dedication to YA Fiction, looking beyond “easy reaches” and getting the right books in the right reader hands has been something I’ve long admired and respected. In celebration of what she gives to YA authors and readers alike, I want to offer up two copies of her books to two winners.
The giveaway is happening on Twitter and is open worldwide until Monday, August 18th 2014 and it’s super easy to enter. Go here to find out how: https://twitter.com/courtney_s/status/500325029541064705
Happy release day and congratulations, Kelly!!!

Hello! IT IS TIME FOR A GIVEAWAY! Today is the release day of Kelly Jensen’s (catagator) IT HAPPENS: A Guide to Contemporary Realistic Fiction for the YA Reader. This is a wonderful resource not only for educators but for fans of YA fiction, so whether you work with teens or you just really love YA fiction and you’re looking for a wide range of titles to build your To Read list upon, YOU WANT THIS BOOK.

Kelly is one of the most insightful voices working in the online book community and she has written some hard hitting, pointed pieces about YA in the past that you might have read before: Five Things You Need to Know About YA Fiction, Books for Boys and Books for Girls: The Problem with Gendered Reading, The Girl Myth in YA Fiction (And Beyond), A Censored History of Ladies in YA Fiction, Ridiculous Ways the Internet Explains Why Adults Read YA Fiction, What Are Grown-Ups Afraid of In YA Books?, and The Reductive Approach to YA.

And that’s just to name a few. It has been amazing to watch many discussions surrounding the importance of YA, the way we view gender in YA (and more) be revitalized with something that Kelly wrote. Her dedication to YA Fiction, looking beyond “easy reaches” and getting the right books in the right reader hands has been something I’ve long admired and respected. In celebration of what she gives to YA authors and readers alike, I want to offer up two copies of her books to two winners.

The giveaway is happening on Twitter and is open worldwide until Monday, August 18th 2014 and it’s super easy to enter. Go here to find out how: https://twitter.com/courtney_s/status/500325029541064705

Happy release day and congratulations, Kelly!!!

It seems to me that if more women are writing YA than men, and your panels and lists are only full of men, then you must be working pretty hard to exclude women—or you aren’t working hard enough to diversify your reading. Of course, no one should tell you what you should read, even though you’re missing out on most of the good stuff, but if you’re informing what children and teens are exposed to, then it actually is your responsibility to read more widely, recommend a broader variety of books, and strive for more gender parity and diversity in your panels and author visits.

Anonymous asked:

Hi Courtney! I was wondering what your feelings are on the Jensen Ackles beard situation? Specifically, how would you rank it in terms of the highly scientific Joshua Jackson Scale? At what point would it become a Supernatural deal-breaker? I feel like we need more discussion of this Very Important Matter on your Tumblr.

Well, ANONYMOUS (if that IS in fact your real name), it JUST SO HAPPENS I did a podcast with the lovely ladies at Clear Eyes, Full Shelves where I expounded on my feelings about Jensen Ackles’s between seasons beard and his alarmingly increasing stubble levels on the show. My feelings about his facial hair are surprisingly strong, for something that is probably truly none of my business (I may have over-reached a tad in describing it in the podcast itself cough). You will note that the banner image sarahmoon (MAYBE YOU KNOW HER) used for the podcast is of Jensen Ackles’s beardless face and I think that alone is an argument for why no beard is necessary. HIS JAWLINE IS TOO GREAT TO CONCEAL. WHY. So I guess the moment I cannot see his jawline on Supernatural is the moment I stop watching it. On the highly scientific Joshua Jackson Scale. It does not even register, it is that unwelcome.

I hope this clears things up.