Monday, April 2, 2018

Deanna Listens: Hey YA

Deanna Listens is a monthly feature on the first Monday of every month...err sometimes when I remember to do it, I created to showcase some of my favorite podcasts. Today I am talking about a new podcast I started listening to, Hey YA.

Hey YA is yet another podcast from the great people behind Book Riot. This one is focused on young adult (or YA) fiction. It's hosted by Eric Smith a literary agent, author & BR contributor and Kelly Jensen an author & editor at BR, so I think they are a really credible source to talk about YA literature. I'm a huge fan of YA, so I find this one to be right up my alley.

I think they do a really good job of talking about what makes a book YA and what doesn't. One episode they briefly discussed "New Adult" which is not really a thing. It definitely deserves an episode in itself. I am conflicted about NA, because I like the idea of it especially for someone that is looking for more books about people in their twenties, but I don't know if there needs to be a new genre for it. They did an episode where they talked about all the "X meets X" pitches. Some of them were really accurate, and some of them were hilariously bad. This one really mad me laugh. It was in Episode 3, Is the Alien Rich?  

I'm just starting out with this podcast, and it's still relatively new (only 14 episodes so far) so I don't have a lot of favorite episodes yet but I think this one has a lot of potential to be good. I am definitely enjoying what I am hearing so far. Smith also used to work for Quirk Books which is based in Philly, so I always want to support people from my area. Also I've followed him on twitter for awhile and he seems like a cool dude.

If you are a fan of YA and want to listen to two people have good discussions about the genre I suggest checking this podcast out.

Happy Reads Everyone!