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I've noticed quite a few agents requesting YA memoir on their wish list. Anyone have suggestions?


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#1 - July 20, 2016, 11:55 PM

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I'm not sure what kind of suggestions you are looking for. Are you seeking already published memoirs as examples, or maybe looking for topics?
#2 - July 21, 2016, 07:51 AM
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Yes, I was looking for already published YA memoirs. I'm unfamiliar with any.
#3 - July 21, 2016, 08:42 AM

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I loved Girl Interrupted. And then they made a movie about it too.
#4 - July 21, 2016, 08:57 AM
BOUND (Bodach Books, 2018)
TEN EASTER EGGS (Scholastic, 2015)
www.vijayabodach.blogspot.com
Author of over 60 books and 60 magazine pieces

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See, I didn't even know that was a memoir. Thanks, Vijaya.
#5 - July 21, 2016, 08:59 AM

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I suspect that agents are looking for YA memoir from social media and reality stars -- teens with Instagram, Tumbler or YouTube followings. I recently saw a big endcap at B&N with them -- Jazz Jennings, PewDiePie, Jenny Lawson, Shane Dawson, Joey Graceffa, Miranda Sings, Ricky Dillon, Tyler Oakley.

(Note that the only people I knew before looking on Amazon were Jazz, PewDiePie, and Jenny.)

#6 - July 21, 2016, 09:15 AM
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THE BOOK DRAGON, Sterling, October 2, 2018
MIRA FORECASTS THE FUTURE, Sterling, 2016

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There was a YA memoir published a few years ago called Rock'n'Roll Soldier.
#7 - July 21, 2016, 04:56 PM
Jennifer R. Hubbard
www.jenniferhubbard.com

Loner in the Garret: A Writer's Companion
Until It Hurts to Stop
Try Not to Breathe
The Secret Year

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Jack Gantos, who normally writes MG and younger, has a YA memoir about his time running drugs and serving time. Not quite as tame as Rotten Ralph!
#8 - July 21, 2016, 06:59 PM

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Some I have loved:

POPULAR by Maya Van Wagenen
I DON'T WANT TO BE CRAZY by Samatha Schutz
BROWN GIRL DREAMING by Jacqueline Woodson
POSITIVE by Paige Rawl
SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED by Arin Andrews
LAUGHING AT MY NIGHTMARE by Shane Burcaw
#9 - July 21, 2016, 08:14 PM
BLACKOUT -- available now
DESERTED -- available now
SISTERS DON'T TELL -- available now
www.deenalipomi.com

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Stitches by David Small is a graphic memoir (as in drawings). Evocative. Heartbreaking.
#10 - July 22, 2016, 07:11 AM
BOUND (Bodach Books, 2018)
TEN EASTER EGGS (Scholastic, 2015)
www.vijayabodach.blogspot.com
Author of over 60 books and 60 magazine pieces

I adored Rapture Practice by Aaron Hartzler. It's about his growing up in a strict evangelical family and coming to realize he's gay.
#11 - July 22, 2016, 07:37 AM
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My Thirteenth Winter by Samantha Abeel
Rethinking Normal by Katie Rain Hill
Some Assembly Required by Arin Andrews
Tomboy by Liz Prince
#12 - July 23, 2016, 07:20 AM

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Thanks everyone.

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#13 - July 23, 2016, 11:19 AM

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