I get a lot of funny looks from my peers when they find out I read a lot of YA fiction. The general consensus seems to be that as an almost-but-NOT-YET thirty year old (I will be 29 forever, thankyouverymuch) I should read more mature content and leave the YA behind for the kiddies.
A point which makes me say, “Kiss my ass.”
I read all kinds of books. Dystopian. Urban Fantasy. Historical Fiction. SciFi. Fantasy. Paranormal Romance. Contemporary. And in each genre, there are both YA and adult books I like.
In short, I like books that have a good story and are well written.
Just because something has the label “young adult” doesn’t mean that only young adults can read it and enjoy it. It simply means that the primary characters fall into the young adult age spectrum.
I am not a less intelligent person because I read YA.
I am not a less mature person because I read YA.
My library is very well rounded and diverse because I do read so many diverse things that run the spectrum of genres and intended audiences. My Percy Jackson series is on the shelf next to the Sookie Stackhouse series. I have the Young Wizards series next to the Hollows series. My Nook has both the Babysitter’s Club and James Patterson on it.
I read YA because I like to read things that are well written. I read YA because I like to keep a diverse library.
I read YA because I want to.
Why do you read YA?