A Letter from the Editor


Today, I find myself involved in one of the most remarkable projects to date.

In finding myself through writing, and only recently understanding works of literature, I was able to create a brand new world inside my head.

Through many young adult novels, I found myself lost in a world filled with ups-and-downs, break-ups and breakdowns,  true love and friendships – and it hit me.   There was nowhere to go to find out what’s happening in the young adult world.  That is why I decided to create Young Adult Literary Magazine – a magazine that features the many things happening in the world of the young adult.

From new books and authors, to television shows and actors, we’ll try to cover it all. This magazine does not serve as a gossip magazine.  It is here purely for entertainment purposes.  Since this is our first issue, we couldn’t cover everything.  So please be patient, and let us know what topics you would like the magazine to discuss.  We look forward to hearing your suggestions.

This is just a starting point to become what we hope will be a full fledged cover-to-cover hard copy magazine, that will eventually be located in your local stationery and book stores.

Each month I plan to do a shout out of a book I’ve read – one that gave me some form of inspiration to help me become who I am today and to lead me to create a most wonderful YA publication.  This month’s shout out goes to Pretty Things by writer Sarra Manning.  Pretty Things, which is my favorite YA novel, also happens to be my first – just like this publication.  It’s the story of four teenagers learning about themselves while rehearsing the play, The Taming of the Shrew

                                                                         

Based on the play by William Shakespeare, this story comes to life in this funny but cute modern day version. I mostly relate to the character Charlie, and how he thinks he knows who he is, but only realizes it later that he’s still figuring it out. Pretty Things became my favorite book for many reasons, especially since it was the first of many hopes of my life, and I’ve learned many things from it. For now I leave you with this: learn, think, and then do.

I thank everyone for your patience, and enjoy YAlitmag!

 

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A Letter from the Editor


Today, I find myself involved in one of the most remarkable projects to date.

In finding myself through writing, and only recently understanding works of literature, I was able to create a brand new world inside my head.

Through many young adult novels, I found myself lost in a world filled with ups-and-downs, break-ups and breakdowns,  true love and friendships – and it hit me.   There was nowhere to go to find out what’s happening in the young adult world.  That is why I decided to create Young Adult Literary Magazine – a magazine that features the many things happening in the world of the young adult.

From new books and authors, to television shows and actors, we’ll try to cover it all. This magazine does not serve as a gossip magazine.  It is here purely for entertainment purposes.  Since this is our first issue, we couldn’t cover everything.  So please be patient, and let us know what topics you would like the magazine to discuss.  We look forward to hearing your suggestions.

This is just a starting point to become what we hope will be a full fledged cover-to-cover hard copy magazine, that will eventually be located in your local stationery and book stores.

Each month I plan to do a shout out of a book I’ve read – one that gave me some form of inspiration to help me become who I am today and to lead me to create a most wonderful YA publication.  This month’s shout out goes to Pretty Things by writer Sarra Manning.  Pretty Things, which is my favorite YA novel, also happens to be my first – just like this publication.  It’s the story of four teenagers learning about themselves while rehearsing the play, The Taming of the Shrew

                                                                         

Based on the play by William Shakespeare, this story comes to life in this funny but cute modern day version. I mostly relate to the character Charlie, and how he thinks he knows who he is, but only realizes it later that he’s still figuring it out. Pretty Things became my favorite book for many reasons, especially since it was the first of many hopes of my life, and I’ve learned many things from it. For now I leave you with this: learn, think, and then do.

I thank everyone for your patience, and enjoy YAlitmag!

 

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Letter from the Editor


Dear Readers,

 

This month is centered on the sprawling, majestic and exhaustive Superhero Universe, from Marvel to DC and beyond. We created a chart connecting heroes and villains to their own universe and highlighting the various ways they all connect to each other. As both Marvel and DC continue their dominance not only in the comic book world but in Hollywood itself, this chart will be a good tool when fielding the continued plethora of feature films slated to come out within the coming months (and years: Marvel’s ‘Phase 3’ is almost upon us!). Superheroes have cropped up on the small screen as well, and as an example you can check out our piece comparing Colton Haynes’s differing characters on Teen Wolf and Arrow.

 

Speaking of heroes, this past month we said goodbye to one of the most recognized anti-heroes in the history of villains, Heisenberg himself Walter White. While Breaking Bad is not at all YA in the traditional sense, the show’s influence and popularity cannot be denied; to that end, we giveThe YA Take and speculate on what Walt’s son Junior must be going through, and discuss Sesame Street’s new character Alex, who speaks out on [**SPOILER ALERT**] what it’s like to have a father in jail.

 

These days it’s hard to find a true ‘hero’ on TV, when so many portrayed do the unthinkable, becoming un-relatable and rather un-hero like. This coming month The Carrie Diaries returns for its second season, and I’m impressed with how the writers relate to real life people and the hero in all of us. One such character is Walt Reynolds—the other Walt making waves on TV—a young man trying to find himself in the world who recognizes that he’s gay and becomes the person he wants to be at a time when being gay wasn’t as accepted. This Walt, played by the wonderfully charming Brendan Dooling, spoke with us about his experience on the show and what to expect from the upcoming season.

 

Other guests this month include Griffin Gluck, originally from ABC’s Private Practice and now starring as one of the leads in the new show from the same network, Back in the Game, Jennifer Stone from Disney’s Wizards of Waverly Place, now starring in Nickelodeon’s Deadtime Stories, and lastly Jackson Pace from the highly acclaimed Showtime series Homeland, starting its third season.

 

Enjoy the Fall and let us know which TV shows stand out for you this season!

 

-ML

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Dear Readers,

 

This month is centered on the sprawling, majestic and exhaustive Superhero Universe, from Marvel to DC and beyond. We created a chart connecting heroes and villains to their own universe and highlighting the various ways they all connect to each other. As both Marvel and DC continue their dominance not only in the comic book world but in Hollywood itself, this chart will be a good tool when fielding the continued plethora of feature films slated to come out within the coming months (and years: Marvel’s ‘Phase 3’ is almost upon us!). Superheroes have cropped up on the small screen as well, and as an example you can check out our piece comparing Colton Haynes’s differing characters on Teen Wolf and Arrow.

 

Speaking of heroes, this past month we said goodbye to one of the most recognized anti-heroes in the history of villains, Heisenberg himself Walter White. While Breaking Bad is not at all YA in the traditional sense, the show’s influence and popularity cannot be denied; to that end, we giveThe YA Take and speculate on what Walt’s son Junior must be going through, and discuss Sesame Street’s new character Alex, who speaks out on [**SPOILER ALERT**] what it’s like to have a father in jail.

 

These days it’s hard to find a true ‘hero’ on TV, when so many portrayed do the unthinkable, becoming un-relatable and rather un-hero like. This coming month The Carrie Diaries returns for its second season, and I’m impressed with how the writers relate to real life people and the hero in all of us. One such character is Walt Reynolds—the other Walt making waves on TV—a young man trying to find himself in the world who recognizes that he’s gay and becomes the person he wants to be at a time when being gay wasn’t as accepted. This Walt, played by the wonderfully charming Brendan Dooling, spoke with us about his experience on the show and what to expect from the upcoming season.

 

Other guests this month include Griffin Gluck, originally from ABC’s Private Practice and now starring as one of the leads in the new show from the same network, Back in the Game, Jennifer Stone from Disney’s Wizards of Waverly Place, now starring in Nickelodeon’s Deadtime Stories, and lastly Jackson Pace from the highly acclaimed Showtime series Homeland, starting its third season.

 

Enjoy the Fall and let us know which TV shows stand out for you this season!

 

-ML

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Letter from the Editor


Dear Reader,


Photo by: Leon Bernstein
Editor: Mordechai Laub

At summer’s end, there’s been so much short-term nostalgia happening, with talks of an N*Sync reunion (and it actually happening), as well as EW giving everyone insight into what’s happening with The OC cast 10 years after the hit show wrapped.

On that note, I put together a list of all our top OC moments, from crazy Marissa to lovestruck Seth and Summer.

 

In other news, I was LA-bound for the past few weeks, and even though school is starting again it feels like summer has just begun. The start of the season had us glued to the TV with Pretty Little Liars and the new show Twisted, both from acclaimed network ABC Family. This past week we watched as the season came to a close (you can read our reviews for those shows here). In honor of PLL we created a Hanna Marin-themed Sound Bites page, which is definitely worth checking out. And wow, what a shocking twist at the end! SPOILER: Take the Poll to cast your vote as to whether Ezra is the ‘A’ to end all ‘A’s…

 

As far as Twisted goes, I got to sit down with Rico—played by Ashton Moio—who gave me the inside scoop on what’s to come and what makes his charmingly awkward character tick. Are you a fan of Rico? What about the dark and brooding Danny? Choose your favorite guy on Twisted in our other late summer poll! (click here).

 

Sharpen those pencils and good luck…

– ML

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