I’ll let myself write the wrong thing, the right thing, the thing too tangled to distinguish as either until later. I’ll let myself write something that fails if I need to, so that I can transform it later into something which succeeds. Today I’ll let myself write badly, if that’s how the words are coming out. Because bad words are better than no words. And because without letting myself write badly, I cannot let myself write at all. — “On Getting Things Wrong,” by Leila Austin
Check out the awesome cover for Michelle Falkoff’s contemporary YA debut, Playlist for the Dead — and click through to enter the giveaway for a signed ARC!
Here’s a little more about the book:

Here’s what Sam knows: There was a party. There was a fight. The next morning, his best friend, Hayden, was dead. And all he left Sam was a playlist of songs, and a suicide note: For Sam—listen and you’ll understand.

 As he listens to song after song, Sam tries to face up to what happened the night Hayden killed himself. But it’s only by taking out his earbuds and opening his eyes to the people around him that he will finally be able to piece together his best friend’s story. And maybe have a chance to change his own.

Add on GoodreadsPreorder at Barnes and Noble

Check out the awesome cover for Michelle Falkoff’s contemporary YA debut, Playlist for the Dead — and click through to enter the giveaway for a signed ARC!

Here’s a little more about the book:

Here’s what Sam knows: There was a party. There was a fight. The next morning, his best friend, Hayden, was dead. And all he left Sam was a playlist of songs, and a suicide note: For Sam—listen and you’ll understand.

 As he listens to song after song, Sam tries to face up to what happened the night Hayden killed himself. But it’s only by taking out his earbuds and opening his eyes to the people around him that he will finally be able to piece together his best friend’s story. And maybe have a chance to change his own.

Add on Goodreads
Preorder at Barnes and Noble

What We Read ~ July/August 2014

How To Love - Katie Cotugno
Chime - Frannie Billingsley
Citrus County - John Brandon
Kushiel’s Scion - Jacqueline Carey
Servants of the Storm - Delilah Dawson
Isla and the Happily Ever After - Stephanie Perkins
Dirty Wings - Sarah McCarry
Midwinterblood - Marcus Sedgwick
Amity - Micol Ostow

What We Read ~ June/July 2014

A Creature of Moonlight - Rebecca Hahn
Tell The Wolves I’m Home - Carol Rifka Brunt
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before - Jenny Han
Everything Leads To You - Nina LaCour
Ruin and Rising - Leigh Bardugo
Under a Painted Sky - Stacey Lee
The Beginning of Everything - Robyn Schneider
Sinner - Maggie Stiefvater
Starbreak - Phoebe North
I’ll Give You The Sun - Jandy Nelson

You may have noticed that YA Highway reblogs a lot, but we’re not very consistent about linking content from our main site. Don’t worry, we’re not going to start flooding your feed with our own stuff, but we are going to try to share more of the great guest posts, interviews, and other features that we’re lucky enough to host. And what better way to start than by showing off all the lovely covers we’ve gotten to reveal so far this year?* 

Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee
Adrenaline Crush by Laurie Boyle Crompton
Rebellion by Karen Sandler
Drift by M.K. Hutchins
Catalyst by Lydia Kang
The Boyfriend Thief by Shana Norris
Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis
Tunnel Vision by Susan Adrian
Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang
The Only Thing to Fear by Caroline Tung Richmond


*through August

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We’re happy to host exclusive cover reveals for authors publishing with companies listed in PW. Just shoot us an email at yahighway at gmail dot com, with “Cover Reveal Request” in the subject line. Please note that we cannot respond to every query.  

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