Author: Jessica Brody
Publisher: Ten Speed Press/Random House
Publication Date: July 18, 2023
Genre: Non-Fiction, Writing, How-To
Age Range: All
Available Formats:
 Paperback, eBook, Audiobook
ISBN: 978-1984859235
Pages: 320

A USA TODAY and INDIEBOUND bestseller!

An indispensable guide in the bestselling Save the Cat! story structure series that reveals the 15 essential plot points needed to make any young adult novel a success, from an accomplished novelist and the author of Save the Cat! Writes a Novel.

In Save the Cat! Writes a Young Adult Novel, prolific author and story coach Jessica Brody presents a comprehensive story structure guide for anyone who wants to write a young adult novel by applying the famed Save the Cat! screenwriting methodology to the world of YA fiction. In this book, you will learn:

• The fifteen “beats” (or plot points) that are necessary for crafting a successful story with a compelling character arc —including the Opening Image, Catalyst, Fun and Games, Bad Guys Close In, Dark Night of the Soul, and Finale
• The ten universal story genres that will help you drill into what makes your type of story work, including those most commonly found in young adult novels like Rites of Passage, Superhero, Buddy Love, Institutionalized, and Golden Fleece
• Quirky, original insights and writing tips like “Save the Cat,” the “Shard of Glass,” and the “Dark Night Epiphany,” that help you craft a story that will thrill and captivate teen readers

Filled with practical advice, easy-to-follow templates, and “beat sheets” analyzing the structure of popular young adult novels such as Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows, John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, and Lois Lowry’s The Giver, this book is the ultimate reference for anyone who’s ever dreamed of writing their own young adult bestseller.



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Save the Cat! Writes a Novel is now available as an online writing workshop!

Take your plotting skills to the next level with more examples of the beats in action, plus interactive “writer’s room” sessions where Jessica walks you through the steps of brainstorming, writing, or revising your novel using the Save the Cat! method (while she brainstorms her own!) Click to Learn More!



“I dare any YA writer to read this book and not be inundated with new ideas for their next (or current!) novel – I certainly was! Brody has brilliantly expanded on the Save the Cat! method with another no-nonsense, practical guide for anyone ready to take their storytelling to the next level.”Marissa Meyer, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Lunar Chronicles

“Jessica Brody throws open the door to the world of writing, and welcomes everyone in. Save the Cat Writes A YA Novel is a look at the very bones of how stories are told, with a teacher who’ll make sure you don’t miss a thing. It’s worth its weight in gold.”—Amie Kaufman, New York Times bestselling author of The Isles of the Gods

“As the Young Adult genre has emerged, it has spawned some of our most dynamic, edgy, imaginative, and meaningful stories. Writers have flocked to the genre, naturally, so it’s so wonderful that YA writers can now be served by a book dedicated to the unique characteristics of YA storytelling. Whether you use this book to plot, revise—or both, if you’re like me—Jessica Brody is the perfect YA guide to take you deep into your story.”—Grant Faulkner, Executive Director of National Novel Writing Month and author of Pep Talks for Writers