I love Young Adult lit. I’ve loved it ever since I was a young adult. I read a lot of books when I was growing up, and there are some amazing novels out there geared towards teenagers. I’m not talking about ‘Twilight’ and the endless other vampire series that have sprung up in its wake (although I am certainly not above reading a book about supernatural creatures, if it’s well written :) I’m talking about smart, thoughtful, engaging writing that doesn’t talk down to its readers because they happen to be below the voting age. J.K. Rowling proved that children’s books could be embraced — and in many cases, loved — by adults too, and I am a huge proponent of the idea that YA lit can be enjoyed by a wider audience than it’s target demographic.
Some of the best books I’ve read in the past year have included YA titles. There’s ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ by John Green, and ‘Ready Player One’ by Ernest Cline. I also loved ‘Flick’ by Abigail Tarttelin. All three of these are examples of books that are full of both humour and sadness — real, complex emotions, just as engaging as anything I’ve read recently in adult fiction.
My main source for finding out about upcoming YA titles is the awesome, brilliantly funny Forever Young Adult. When I first stumbled on this site I was thrilled by the discovery that there are other people out there like me…people who are — ahem — not exactly teenagers anymore, but still love teen books! All the girls at FYA are awesome and their reviews have become my go-to when I’m trying to decide what to read next.
In fact, I am such a huge fan of FYA that as I type this, I am wearing my new Forever Young Adult t-shirt. You guys, it is awesome! It has a rainbow on it, with a unicorn lolling in a martini glass, an olive speared through it’s horn. Any site that mixes a love of cocktails with passion for teen books is pretty amazing, in my view.
Thaddeus is wearing an FYA-designed t-shirt too. He just started reading ‘The Hunger Games’ by Suzanne Collins and is really into it so far.
Here we are in our new shirts!