Anxiety. Immigration. Foster Care. Multi-generational families. Science fiction fandoms. Teen athletes. LGBTQ teens. Autism. Trauma. These are just a few of the things I’ve learned about in young adult books—and each reading experience has given me a wider perspective, deeper understanding, and so much more empathy.

This week my friend Jessie Weaver is joining me to talk about YA books that build empathy, and have we got a list for you!

Jessie is a writer, editor, mom, and avid reader—and one of my longest Internet friends turned real-life friend. I loved talking with her on The Couch and know you’re going to love discovering books to add to your TBR list.

Of course, because this is The Couch, where rabbit trails and side notes are always welcome, we also got into cooking shows, devotionals, and so much more. Let’s not delay. It’s time to get started!




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