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Festival of Books: YA authors' love of 'firsts'
Festival of Books: YA authors' love of 'firsts'

Think all young adult novels are all about the same thing? Authors Sarah Dessen, Meg Wolitzer, Robyn Schneider, Emery Lord and Amy Spalding disagree. "High school was never about any one thing so I never want my books to be about any one thing," Dessen said at the "Young Adult: Connections & Consequences" panel at the Los Angeles Times Book Festival on Saturday. Dessen, who has penned 12 YA books, said "conflict is fun," which is why writing about complicated, authentic characters is more interesting. FULL COVERAGE: FESTIVAL OF BOOKS Other panelists echoed that sentiment, noting that writing for a younger audience gives the...