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#YASummerShowdown 2015, Week 1: In Sync

#YASummerShowdown 2015 kicks off with brain teasers and crowd pleasers.

#YASummerShowdown 2015, Week 1: In Sync

Previously: The start of #YASummerShowdown 2015!

The first week of Showdown 2015 is in the books, and it was def. one to remember! It might be early in the game, but the competition's already shaping up to be a great summer of book love! 

Meet the Teams

The team Tumblrs are all now unlocked for everyone's perusal, so please peruse away! Along with the challenge and photo hunt posts, each team's Tumblr features a team roster to better get to know the Showdown players, some of whom have included social media handles as well. 

Before Showdown started, the players were given the ridiculous task of providing their own code names, and everyone def. stepped up big time! Among my faves (i.e., the (mostly) literary puns) are FYADFW's Stone Cold Jane Austen, KCFYA's Catniss Everclean, LONFYA's Dorian Slay, SEAFYA's Gin Eyre and Fanny Pints, and FYADC's Sir Lix-A-Lot (ALIX!). And because I also love a theme, shout-out to the "Bad Blood" of NYCFYA and the Friends of FYAON!

The Showdown players also made book recommendations from their recent reads, all of which can be found on the individual rosters or on the master rec list.

Puzzle 1: Emoji Redux

For Puzzle 1, teams deciphered a series of emoji codes into YA book titles that would give the password to unlock their team Tumblrs. Think you can crack the code? (Check here to see if you're correct!)

Extra pants to ATXFYA, for submitting the correct answers within the first three hours; and FYADFW and NYCFYA, for doing so within the first twelve hours. 

Challenge 1: Dubsmash

For Challenge 1, teams created YA-themed dubsmashes. (And, if they're anything like me, they also learned what this newfangled Dubsmash thing is.) Many dubs were smashed* -- so many that we gamemakers couldn't just choose 1 fave each, we had to up it to 3, and we loosened our bonus deadline for this first week only -- but these standouts were the faves of Showdown HQ! 


Avatar: The Last Airbender (FYADC); The Baby-Sitters Club (NYCFYA); Bring It On (ATXFYA); 


Clueless (FYAVWA); Dawson's Creek (FYAVBC); Holes (FYAPDX)


The Hunger Games (KCFYA); The Karate Kid (ATLFYA); The Lizzie Bennet Diaries (ATLFYA)


Mean Girls (FYAVBC); The O.C. (LONFYA); Pitch Perfect (SEAFYA)


Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (CSGFYA); Teen Witch (PGHFYA); Teen Wolf (ATLFYA)


Twilight (FYAPDX); Veronica Mars (CSGFYA); Wizards of Waverly Place (PGHFYA)

*Like, seriously -- check 'em all out. They are many, they are amaaaaazing, and they're not even all up yet! Best Monday procrastination EVER.

Photo Hunt Highlights

Once the team Tumblrs were unlocked, the photo hunt officially began! Here are the submissions that dazzled us in Week 1. 


Lauren Barnholdt's Aces Up (FYAON)


Barry Lyga's The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl (ATXFYA)


Adam Selzer's Play Me Backwards (ATLFYA)


Kennilworthy Whisp's Quidditch Through the Ages (ATLFYA)


Louise Rennison's Startled by His Furry Shorts (SEAFYA)

Steve Brezenoff's Guy In Real Life: Svetlanta playing D&D with friends (FYADFW)

IRL Events

With the recent release of the Me and Earl and the Dying Girl adaptation, Y'ALL KNOW you could find our teams at the theatres.


ATXFYA's Natalie and Vanessa



And ZOMG guess who the lucky ducks in Asheville got to meet!??!

AVLFYA with HRH Sarah Dessen

Scoreboard Update

With the end of Week 1 comes our first look at the scoreboard! Scores are still constantly being added, but the upstart rookie ATLFYA has bolted out of the gate with an early lead, followed closely by wiley verteran ATXFYA.

But if you follow the Showdown Hub, you already know we're ALL winners for being treated to the fun and creative posts by all our awesome teams. CANNOT WAIT for seven more weeks of this kickassery!

Until next time, Showdowners... 

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Mandy Wan's photo About the Author: Residing in Edmonton, AB, Mandy unabashedly loves YA lit, frozen desserts, and terrible puns.