Laurie Halse

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Speak by Laure Halse Anderson paved the way for other books where rape wasn’t just something that happened to a supporting character as a cautionary tale: its most obvious successor in the US is Courtney Summers’s All The Rage. Christa Desir’s Fault Line  explores the frustrations of a teenage boy whose  girlfriend is gang-raped and who responds in a way he doesn’t quite understand

A disclaimer, first: I adore Louise O’Neill, as both a person and a writer – she is kind and funny and smart alongside having tremendous skill and (...)

In recent years, young adult fiction has moved from the fantastical and the dystopian to an altogether more compelling and trickier terrain: real l(...)