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'Mara Dyer' author Michelle Hodkin talks her love of YA darkness and R.L. Stine -- EXCLUSIVE

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The holidays are upon us and you know what that means — quality reading time! So if you’re looking for a great book and haven’t yet discovered Michelle Hodkin’s The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer or its sequel The Evolution of Mara Dyer, carve out a few hours between opening presents and eating take-out. (Hey, don’t judge — no one in my family can cook!) Just to whet your appetite: Entertainment Weekly spoke to Hodkin about her YA debut, her experience as a lawyer, and the inspiration for Mara Dyer.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: The true story behind The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is creepy.
MICHELLE HODKIN: [Laughs] It’s definitely inspired by [a real event]. There was a person who I met in 2008 and she started telling me about her daughter, who’d been in this building collapse. That’s not the law that I practice, so I couldn’t help her, but I took down her information. As she turned to leave, I realized that her daughter had been with her the whole time and I just was immediately struck by the sense that there was more to the story. A year later, someone said something that reminded me of that girl, so I called the number and it was disconnected. It was just like lightning — I was on the plane ride home from my brother’s graduation and I literally started writing on the plane. It was immediate — one day I was a lawyer and the next day I was a writer. READ FULL STORY

Read your way across the USA with this handy YA map!

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Young adult fiction may seem to be all about dystopias today, but there are plenty of books still taking place in the good ol’ US of A.

An Epic Reads user known as EpicGirl has put together this gorgeous map featuring a YA book for every state in the US. For example, Rosemary Clement-Moore’s The Splendor Falls takes place in Alabama, Jean Craighead George’s Julie of the Wolves takes place in Alaska, and so on and so forth. We can’t post the image in question here, but click on the link above to check out the map, then come back here to share your thoughts!

My top ten highlights:
Bloodlines (California)
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Florida)
Divergent (Illinois)
The Fault in Our Stars (Indiana)
Ashfall (Iowa)
The Diviners (New York)
The Truth About Forever (North Carolina)
Beautiful Creatures (South Carolina)
Everneath (Utah)
The Raven Boys (Virginia)

How many states are you at? I’m only at 17, but I’m looking forward to a YA road trip, with my first stop being Shattered Souls. (What can I say? I’m a sucker for a cover with a flowy dress.) What are your favorites on the list? Can you think of any other suggestions? Perhaps we can inspire EpicGirl to create a part two!

Read more:
Amazon picks its 10 best books of 2012
Five reasons Shailene Woodley could make a great Tris in ‘Divergent’
Love ‘Divergent’ by Veronica Roth’? 10 other teen reads you can’t miss: ‘Warm Bodies,’ ‘Tempest’ and more

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