Emily Wolfe
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Emily Wolfe is a writing and religious studies major at the University of Pittsburgh. She likes crossword puzzles, old musicals, and movies about newspapers. Also, books.

‘A Lesson in Vengeance’ review: Victoria Lee’s dark academia YA is spooky and sapphic

A Lesson in Vengeance, Victoria Lee’s new boarding school young adult novel, is an eerie, absorbing thriller about ghosts, history, and mental illness.

‘Like Other Girls’ review: ‘Riverdale’ writer Britta Lundin literally tackles internalized misogyny

In Britta Lundin’s novel Like Other Girls, a closeted teenaged lesbian joins her high school’s previously all-male football team.

‘The Taking of Jake Livingston’ review: Ryan Douglass evokes ‘Get Out’ in his horror debut

Ryan Douglass’s debut young adult horror novel, The Taking of Jake Livingston, captures the pain of navigating high school as a Black gay teen.

‘Summer in the City of Roses’ review: Michelle Ruiz Keil’s novel infuses ’90s Portland with Greek mythology

Michelle Ruiz Keil draws from Greek mythology, Grimm’s fairy tales, and the Latin-American tradition of magical realism for Summer in the City of Roses.

‘Six Crimson Cranes’ review: Elizabeth Lim’s new fairy tale duology takes flight

Elizabeth Lim borrows from Hans Christian Andersen and East Asian folklore to breathe life into Six Crimson Cranes, the first book in a duology set in the same world as her previous book, Spin the Dawn, and its sequel.  In…

‘Love & Other Natural Disasters’ review: A trope-y summer romance from Misa Sugiura

It’s been a banner year for fake dating in queer YA romances. Misa Sugiura’s new rom-com, Love & Other Natural Disasters, takes the trope to San Francisco.

‘Strange Creatures’ review: Phoebe North’s love letter to storytelling and childhood

Phoebe North’s young adult novel Strange Creatures is a dark and enchanting love letter to magic, storytelling, and childhood.