1) I'll admit many of the YA books I read are escapist. (not all though) Is there anything wrong with that? I say, NAY! We all need a little escape.
I love this quote from Historian Amanda Foreman, a 42-year-old mother of five, & author "Good Y.A. is like good television. There's a freshness there; it's engaging. Y.A. authors aren't writing about middle-aged anomie or disappointed people.'"
2) YA books excel in storytelling. Lev Grossman, NY Times book critic said, “A lot of contemporary adult literature is characterized by a real distrust of plot. I think young adult fiction is one of the few areas of literature right now where storytelling really thrives.”
A lot of YA books have really simple plots but in turn the authors storytelling skills really shine.
3) It takes you back. Seriously, the best & worst thing about being a teen are your raw emotions. Teens tend to be more open about their feelings. It reminds you of those days of when who asked who to the dance felt like it had eternal repercussions.
Now, having defended let me recommend some fabulous YA books for you guys to try.
If you want fantastical stories (ie: Harry Potter & Twilight):
A very popular genre right now is dystopic & there are A LOT of great ones:
You want some good old fashioned romance:
Hush Hush, Perfect Chemistry, A Countess Below Stairs, Wicked Lovely)
Any YA fans out there? Any other YA book recommendations?
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