Darcy Woods unveiled her swoon-worthy Swoon Campaign for her YA Contemporary, SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS. Feast your eyes on the gorgeousness that is the Swoon Campaign buttons!



The SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS Swoon Campaign is a celebration of just a few of the swoon-worthy elements of the book. It’s a great way to proclaim–loud and proud–the thing(s) that makes you weak in the knees.

What makes you swoon? (Besides 2016 debuts, of course!)

Michelle Andreani Reviews CROSSING THE LINE

9780803739260_NearlyGone_JKT.inddIf Jason Bourne were a teenaged girl…

Jocelyn Steely was kidnapped as a child and raised in North Korea as a spy. When her agency sends her to the U.S. to infiltrate the very group her parents once worked for, Jocelyn jumps at the chance to turn double agent and finish off her kidnappers once and for all. She convinces the head of the American spy agency to trust her, but it’s not quite as simple as that: Jocelyn has to fight the withdrawal symptoms from the drug that the North Koreans used to keep her in line, and her new fellow spies refuse to trust their former adversary. Worst of all, there might be some new information to uncover about her parents – if she even wants to find out.

This action-packed spy thriller is part Gallagher Girls, part Alex Rider, and part Bourne Identity. (less)

You can see more of Michelle’s 16 to Read reviews on Goodreads, and you can pre-orderer CROSSING THE LINE wherever books are sold.

UNDERWATER is #6 on the Kids’ Indie Next List Top 10 for Winter 2015/2016

We are thrilled to share the news that Marisa Reichardt’s stunning YA contemporary debut, UNDERWATER, is #6 on the Kids’ Indie Next List Top 10 for Winter 2015/2016.

QuoteAd-IndieNextThe list is based on votes by independent booksellers across the country and presented by the American Booksellers Association. Of course, indie bookstores are near and dear to our Sixteen to Read hearts because they are made of awesome.

Says one fabulous Indie bookseller of UNDERWATER: “Thoughtfully handled and thought-provoking, UNDERWATER is a reminder that violence touches us all, but that there is always room for hope.” –Erin Barker, Hooray for Books!, Alexandria, VA

And if you feel like January 12, 2016 is just too far away to read UNDERWATER (listen, we totally get it), you can enter for a chance to win one of fifteen ARCs on Goodreads right now! Why are you still here? Go there. Get this book!

Congrats and confetti to you, Marisa! And best of luck to those entering to win ARCs!



!Giveaway! Win an ARC of FIRSTS by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn

4_28_FirstsCoverBe One of the Firsts to Read FIRSTS

The time until FIRSTS hits shelves is ticking down fast… January 5, 2016 will be here before we know it! But one reader will get a chance to take home an ARC and read this edgy debut before everyone else!

Here’s a bit more about FIRSTS…

Seventeen-year-old Mercedes Ayres has an open-door policy when it comes to her bedroom, but only if the guy fulfills a specific criteria: he has to be a virgin. Mercedes lets the boys get their awkward, fumbling first times over with, and all she asks in return is that they give their girlfriends the perfect first time- the kind Mercedes never had herself.

Keeping what goes on in her bedroom a secret has been easy- so far. Her absentee mother isn’t home nearly enough to know about Mercedes’ extracurricular activities, and her uber-religious best friend, Angela, won’t even say the word “sex” until she gets married. But Mercedes doesn’t bank on Angela’s boyfriend finding out about her services and wanting a turn- or on Zach, who likes her for who she is instead of what she can do in bed.

When Mercedes’ perfect system falls apart, she has to find a way to salvage her reputation and figure out where her heart really belongs in the process. Funny, smart, and true-to-life, FIRSTS is a one-of-a-kind young adult novel about growing up.

From the author: “FIRSTS is a story about a lot of things. It’s about sex and rumors and secrets and slut-shaming. It’s about mistakes and friendship and lust and love. There’s laughter and tears and heartbreak and at the very core, a girl who is slowly learning that the only way to find the control she craves is to stop looking for it.” – Laurie Elizabeth Flynn

How do you enter to get your hands on this amazing debut?

  1. Follow this blog
  2. Follow @sixteentoread on twitter
  3. Tweet about the contest (be sure to tag @sixteentoread)
  4. Email with your name, and the title of this giveaway: ARC of FIRSTS. Please put in subject line “16toRead Challenge”.

Each option earns one entry for our giveaway. We will choose a winner on November 30th and announce on Twitter. Contest closes at midnight (EST) on November 29th.

Supersize Me! Your Biggest You! by Darcy Woods

Happy Monday, All! Since Mondays do tend to come in on the dreary side, we thought we’d lift your spirits with a little gem from the blog archives of Darcy Woods. This is like a #tbt, but on a Monday–when we need it most! Happy Mondaying all!


Going out on submission. Page 1 of a new story. Losing the Marauder’s Map to your muse.

Any of those things inspire fear in your writerly soul or trigger the insta-welt of hives? They do for me. And it’s funny, because the more scary something is—in life, writing, or otherwise—the smaller I want to become. Seriously. I want to collapse all my atomic space and compress to the size of a dime. Then someone can just stick me under the couch cushion where I’ll be safe and snuggly beside a forgotten Cheez-It. (And bonus—there are snacks here!)

But guess what? You can’t shrink yourself. I know because I’ve tried. So now I’m going to suggest something even more soul quaking…

The times you want to be your smallest are ALWAYS the times you need to be your biggest.

Yeah. The universe does this on purpose. I call it a Moxie Check. There are times I’ve failed and times I’ve succeeded. And in the spirit of this, I’d like to share an anecdotal success that led to a failure. Sorta. How’s that for ambiguous?

 Darcy is the smiley soldier, third row up and second from right

Darcy is the smiley soldier, third row up and second from right

In 1995, I had just been nominated “Soldier of the Brigade” at the US Army Aviation post where I was stationed in Germany. If I recall, (though, I confess my mind can be a tad Swiss cheesy) the qualifiers had to do with your physical training scores, weaponry skills, and occupational performance. Meaning I was a stellar helicopter refueler. Some girls wore perfume, I wore Fleur de Jet Fuel #8.

Anyway, there were a total of four nominees who would be pitted against each other before a panel of high brass commanders. (Think Hunger Games but with mental carnage.) The commanders would ask rapid-fire questions testing your knowledge of all things military: What is M.O.P. level-3? How do you perform a tourniquet? Plus you’d be asked to execute basic drill movements—About face! Forward march! Then they wouldn’t shout, Halt! Until you ran into a wall.

Needless to say, when the day of competition arrived, I was terrified. Especially when I saw the three male soldiers—massive, focused, and unflinching—I was competing against. And to make matters worse…I was the last to be called into the room. Heh. No pressure.

So there I stood, sweating outside the door and having a shrink-me-to-a-dime-shove-me-under-the-couch-cushion moment. Total Moxie Check. I remember staring at the ugly linoleum and thinking it looked like Rocky Road ice cream. Then trying not to projectile vomit because I was so terrified AND hate Rocky Road ice cream. But I knew, I knew I had to make a huge entrance. That’s when I got the command to knock and wait for permission to enter. *cue hyperventilation* But you know what I did? Even though I felt tiny and scared and insignificant? I dug deep down inside and…

I kicked the door. Three sonic boot booms. Bam. Bam. Bam.

I wish you could’ve seen the looks on their faces when I marched in. Eyebrows buoyed. Mouths gaped. And words were…mumbled. Yet somehow, despite feeling as wiggly as Jell-O during an elephant stampede, I managed to show them my biggest me.

If you’re wondering whether I won the title of Soldier of the Brigade, I didn’t. I lost. But I won a lot of respect that day—from no person higher ranking than myself. Because that was the day I learned bravery has nothing to do with the absence of fear. It’s the grit and determination to surge ahead…in spite of it.

The times you want to be your smallest are ALWAYS the times you need to be your biggest.

I know. That’s a tall order. Which is why you’ll need your biggest you. Now go kick some ass. The world is waiting.

And if you have a Moxie Check moment to share, I am all ears!

Visiting Author Series: Jay Asher

Today we’re pleased to have Jay Asher join us on our   Visiting Author Series.

Jay Asher

Jay is the #1 New York Times and International Bestselling author of THIRTEEN REASONS WHY and THE FUTURE OF US. He joined Sixteen to Read author Jennie K. Brown to talk about his debut experience, being humbled by readers, the writing process and more…

Jennie: Hey, Jay! Thanks so much for taking the time to chat with me today.

Jay: Of course! Getting interviewed by another author is always fun.

Jennie: Can I get you anything to sip or munch on while we chat?

Jay: Coffee! But only because I’m addicted. I actually don’t care for the taste. Unless it’s something coffee-flavored, especially those coffee-flavored hard candies. Coffee-flavored anything is the best!

Jennie: Because we’re a debut group, we want to hear about the beginning of your writing career. Now think back to then … what was the querying process like for you?

Jay: By the time I was ready to submit Thirteen Reasons Why, I’d been submitting other manuscripts (picture books through middle grades) for twelve years. I’d had three agents over those years, but was agent-less at the time. I’d won enough contests and befriended enough editors that I initially submitted to three editors I’d built relationships with over the years. Almost immediately, I began freaking out. What if they weren’t the perfect editors for this project and I only submitted to them because I was fortunate enough to know them? Or what if, by some really cool chance, more than one editor wanted to buy it? I wouldn’t know how to deal with that! So I quickly queried three agents, being upfront about my book already being with editors. One agent got back to me (my top choice, thankfully), loved the book, and agreed that there were other editors who might be a better match. After a dozen rejections, three editors wound up bidding on the book, including one of the three I’d submitted to on my own. Laura Rennert has been my agent ever since, and I love her. I also love Razorbill, my publisher.

Jennie: How did you react to the ginormous success of Thirteen Reasons Why?

Jay: When I first found out it hit the New York Times bestseller list I broke down in tears. And I was driving, which wasn’t safe, so I quickly pulled over. I hadn’t been asking how my sales were doing, so I had no idea it was doing that well. It had also been out for six months, so it was a slowly building word-of-mouth thing, which made it feel so pure. But that only addresses the numeric success. The things I hear from readers, sometimes saying this book kept them from committing suicide, there’s no way to put into words how humbling that is. It’s beautiful, and probably something I’ll never fully be able to get my head around…which is probably healthy.

Jennie: Tell me about your writing routine. Has it changed over the years?

Jay: The process of writing hasn’t changed. The time it takes me to get over my fears and sit down and write, that’s definitely increased. I’ve tried to do the whole butt-in-chair thing, but it will not work for me. I’ve had to become cool with that because you’ll hear famous authors say you just have to get it down and fix the mess later. But they must have fixable messes. Good for them! I have to be inspired or the words that come out are…wow! So I often have several ideas percolating. I’ll take notes for a long time, and then start writing when I know what I want to say, and I edit as I go along. So that’s my process. Percolate. Perfect. Progress.

Jennie: Any roadblocks in your way?

Jay: There were self-created roadblocks after my first book. My self-conscious author brain took over! What if my next book, which I’d finished a good chunk of, didn’t speak to people in the same way (which it wasn’t supposed to)? Would readers be disappointed? What if it didn’t sell as well? Would my publisher be disappointed? You’re not supposed to meditate on those things, but I did. And for two years after that first book came out I didn’t write a thing. It’s still something I battle with, unfortunately. 

Jennie: What was it like co-writing The Future of Us? What did that process look like?

Jay: When Carolyn Mackler asked if I’d consider writing a book with her, I’d almost given up on writing. So I had nothing to lose! Plus, she was one of my very favorite authors, so I had to say yes. We came up with the idea together, brainstormed most of the story before we began writing, and then heavily brainstormed a few chapters ahead of wherever we were. We took turns writing the chapters, but the key to our collaboration was that we were allowed to edit what each other wrote as much as we wanted. We could scrap pages, add pages, alter word choices. Anything! And we didn’t tell the other person what we did. When the other person looked it over, we could usually tell what was changed. If it was better, great! It was all about making it the best book. But if we didn’t like the change, we could usually tell why it was changed, so we’d tweak it again. Some chapters went back and forth almost thirty times before we moved on.

Jennie: Awesome. So would you like to co-write a book with me? I’m thinking it could be a middle-grade series. The Adventures of Jennie and Jay has a nice ring to it! But seriously, what’s next for you and your writing career?

Jay: Really? Because The Adventures of Jay and Jennie has an even better ring. Don’t you hear it? I’m actually editing two projects simultaneously at Razorbill, which I’m not allowed to talk about yet. But just like my first two books were very different from each other, these books continue that “very different” thing. Maybe that’s my brand! And I’m just as excited about them as my first two books. When they eventually come out, my four published works will feel like they tell the full story of me as an author.

Jennie: Any advice to those going the traditional publishing route?

Jay: There are so many factors playing into every decision in publishing, and it’s tempting to compare our experiences to those of other authors. That can give us good ideas for promotion (by ourselves or with our publishers), but it can also lead to hard or hurt feelings. Being in a creative field is hard enough without comparing. If I get an idea that I think is a creative way to market my books, I’ll send my editor or publisher or publicist an email. I usually don’t send it to the last person I bugged, just to be nice. At the beginning, I made sure to tell them that my idea is simply a suggestion. If they think it works, great. If not, they should feel free to ignore it because there will be more ideas coming. I don’t have to say that anymore because they know I don’t need a response or a thumbs-up to everything. Some ideas, thankfully, they have taken and run with. Most, they ignore. But it’s my book, and if I come up with something that may work to promote it, I have to tell them!

Jennie: Were you a member of any debut groups?

Jay: I was in the Class of 2k7, which was the first author collaborative I’ve heard of. It was the brainchild of Greg Fishbone, and I keep in contact with several of those authors. Debut groups are such a great idea. It definitely helps readers learn about several books and authors at once. It also makes the process a lot less lonely, right? And after the fact, it’s fun to take note of what everyone’s still doing. Some are still publishing in our group, and some are off doing different things. But we’re all graduates of the Class of 2k7!

Awesome! And now I have a few lightning-round questions for you. Answer as quickly as possible.

1.Your favorite time to write?

Late at night, right before I’m too tired to write, because the self-conscious writer has gone to bed by then. But the confident writer, unfortunately, isn’t far behind.

2. Favorite place to write?

Coffee shops. The creative buzz going on at those places is inspiring.

3. Favorite writing snack?

Usually cookies. Something to dip in my coffee.

4. Last book you read?

I’m usually reading five to seven at a time, and it can take me a year to get through any one of them. I have several I’m reading right now, mostly non-fiction, and I actually can’t remember the last time I finished one. Wait! They Came to Nashville by Marshall Chapman. It’s a series of interviews she did with songwriters who moved to Nashville, most of whom I’d never heard of, but it was one of the most satisfying reads. I love hearing the struggles and triumphs of people who pursue their passions!

5. Favorite book?

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli. That book means so much to me. Mr. Spinelli has been the only author I’ve had the chance to meet but was too intimidated to actually take that opportunity.

6. If you could live in a fictional world, what world would it be?

Oz. And I’d train those winged monkeys to fly me wherever I needed to go. Inside, I know they’re cutie pies!

8. If you could be a character from a book for a day, who would you be?

Charlie Bucket, after winning the chocolate factory. That just…yes…that’s totally who I’d be!

Great! Again, Jay! Thanks so much for taking the time to chat with me and the Sixteen to Read gals!

Jay Asher13 Reasons WhyThe Future of Us

UNDERWATER Earns a STAR from Publishers Weekly

UNDERWATER Starred ReviewUNDERWATER, by our very own Marisa Reichardt received a great, big, beautiful starred review from Publishers Weekly and we can’t stop smiling. And dancing. And throwing confetti.

Per the review: “What [Evan] likes about Morgan is that she’s real, and that’s exactly what readers will appreciate about this book.”

We couldn’t agree more! Just wait until you see all the realness Marisa throws down in this book. Want the full review? Have at it HERE. Wanna pre-order? Do it. Whereever books are sold. You’ll thank us.

UNDERWATER will release on January 12, 2016.

New Feature: Visiting Author Series

Sixteen to Read is thrilled to announce a new feature on our site! Starting November 5th (yep, three days from today), Sixteen to Read authors will conduct monthly interviews with some of your all time favorite authors.
As part of our Visiting Author Series, established authors will chat about their debut experiences, their favorite authors, their projects and more!
Who can you expect to meet during our Visiting Author Series?
Jay Asher
Jaime Ayres
Stephen Chbosky
Jennifer McGowan
Kim Culbertson
K.M. Walton
Tiffany Schmidt
…and so many more! We’ll have a new author for you every month
from Nov 5th through December, 2016!
*commences flailing*