Parents' Guide to

Hey YA

By Claire Crossman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

A showcase of new and diverse young adult books.

Black background, teal and white books fly around behind white block letters that say "HEY YA" and below, "Book Riot"

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With a focus on making diversity and literature well-known, this podcast will draw teen listeners in without a problem. Hey YA absolutely accomplishes its goal of analyzing young adult literature with an inclusive lens. The two hosts chat about personal experiences surrounding the episode's topic before getting into specific titles, making each episode feel more like you're listening in on a couple of very funny friends laughing it up instead of a lecture on literature. The hosts are adult women, but their humor and dialogue doesn't verge into adult-only territory, making this one an easy "yes" for parents of teens. Overall, Hey YA is an educational podcast without the dry information-dump that teens dread. Plus, it comes with the advocacy and inclusivity that will excite parents who are looking to widen their teen's view of the world.

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