Author Archive: Christa Desir & Carrie Mesrobian

Christa Desir writes contemporary YA fiction. Her forthcoming novel, Other Broken Things, will be published in January 2016 by Simon Pulse. Visit her online at christadesir.com, and follow her on Twitter at @ChristaDesir.

Carrie Mesrobian is the author of three YA novels, most recently Cut Both Ways (2015). Visit her online at carriemesrobian.com, and find her on Twitter at @CarrieMesrobian.

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The Oral History Podcast: Episode 20, School Dances

The Oral History Podcast: Episode 20, School Dances

In this episode of the Oral History Podcast, we discuss school dances, now and then.  Do you have some terrible and/or delicious memories of school dances you’d like to share, or some books that deal with high school dances in a way that you enjoyed? Tell us what you think on our Facebook page or […]

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The Oral History Podcast, Episode 19: Dating

The Oral History Podcast, Episode 19: Dating

In this episode of the Oral History Podcast, we discuss the concept of dating: What it was like when we were teenagers, what it’s like for teenagers now, and how some books handle this variable romantical endeavor. Do you have some insight on dating then/now, or any book recommendations that deal with dating in a […]

The Oral History Podcast, Episode 18: Challenging Sexual Content in YA Literature

The Oral History Podcast, Episode 18: Challenging Sexual Content in YA Literature

In this episode of The Oral History Podcast, we discuss censorship issues surrounding content in young adult literature and how this affects librarians, editors, authors, and teachers, as well as how people who support open fair access to all kinds of books can respond to book challenges and other kinds of content suppression. We’d love […]

The Oral History Podcast 17: YA Sex Scenes

The Oral History Podcast 17: YA Sex Scenes

In this episode of The Oral History Podcast, we discuss issues of craft and the questions involved in YA sex scenes—whether you’re reading or writing them. Tell us what you think on Twitter @CarrieMesrobian and @ChristaDesir, or via email (feedback AT theoralhistorypodcast DOT com). Click to subscribe in iTunes or Stitcher.   SHOW NOTES Our Current […]

The Oral History Podcast, Episode 16: Clean Reads and Porn

The Oral History Podcast, Episode 16: Clean Reads and Porn

In this episode of The Oral History Podcast, we discuss the idea of “clean reads” as well as porn in fiction and in the lives of adolescents. Don’t panic: we’re not recommending porn films, just examining the role porn plays in adolescent and adult sexuality with respect to formal and informal methods of transmitting information […]

The Oral History Podcast, Episode 15: Romantic Tropes

The Oral History Podcast, Episode 15: Romantic Tropes

In this episode of The Oral History Podcast, we depart from our usual analysis of YA literature and instead discuss adult romance-novel tropes that persistently beguile and bedevil us. If you’ve got a romance trope that you love (or love to hate) we’d love to hear about it. Find us on Twitter at @CarrieMesrobian and @ChristaDesir, or […]

The Oral History Podcast, Episode 14: Femininity

The Oral History Podcast, Episode 14: Femininity

This episode of The Oral History Podcast is a companion piece to our episode on Masculinity. In this show, we discuss femininity and some of its trappings as we’ve experienced them throughout our lives: lingerie, fake nails, cheerleaders, fathers and daughters, make-up, the meanings behind gendered concepts, the gender binary and the ritual of “getting ready,” just […]

The Oral History Podcast: Sex without Romance

The Oral History Podcast: Sex without Romance

This episode of The Oral History Podcast is about Sex Without Romance, something that is very difficult to find in young adult fiction, as it turns out. Christa and Carrie discuss some of their adolescent adventures with respect to romance-free sex, as well as a few YA titles that touch on it. Let us know […]

The Oral History Podcast, Episode 12: Worst Dude Ever

The Oral History Podcast, Episode 12: Worst Dude Ever

In this episode of the Oral History Podcast, we unpack traditional cultural lessons regarding masculinity. We started discussing some of this on Twitter under the hashtag #WorstDudeEver and in this episode, we talk about six young-adult titles that showcase aspects of masculinity that are complex and troubling. Do you have recommendations that deconstruct masculinity? Tell […]

Publishing U: How to Write about Sex in Your YA Novel

Publishing U: How to Write about Sex in Your YA Novel

Our readers are often curious about the process of writing and publishing books, and we’re happy to provide access to the experts. In this latest addition to our Publishing U series, Christa Desir and Carrie Mesrobian, YA authors and co-hosts of The Oral History Podcast, offer heartfelt and indispensable guidance for authors wondering how to […]