Discussion: Why I Read YA

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?

I read YA because they often feature characters who grow profoundly throughout the story…and yes, because a lot of them are well-written. Not to say that they are all well-written, or that adult books aren’t. I probably read an equal number of both types. But YA characters speak to me on a level I know and understand, because I’ve been there before.

I don’t discriminate when it comes to a well-written and enjoyable book. As long as it’s good, I want to read it.

While YA may be aimed at young adults, it certainly does not mean the rest of us can’t enjoy it.

PS. Totally including this is my next Clock Rewinders post. :)

Mandi Kaye 3/18/2012

Yay! :)

Steph 3/18/2012

Great post! I get this a lot too – people seem to think that YA books are just fluffy things created to appease 12 year old girls with Beiber fever. Anyways thanks for the follow – I followed you back with Linky Tools! :)

I am also never going to turn 30! (Remind me of that a year from now on my birthday, please?)

I agree, I enjoy well written books and to me? No genre is off limits because I would miss out on so many wonderful books. I just happen to love YA because they are often well written and easy to slip into another world – which is what I’m looking for when I pick up a book.

-Jac @ For Love and Books

Alastair 3/21/2012

The main reason I read YA is that the majority of them tend to be well written yet incredibly easy to read which comes in very handy when you find yourself still awake at 3am!

Mandi Kaye 3/21/2012

You sound just like me!

Mandi Kaye 3/21/2012

Oy. I dislike being awake that late – but at least you have good books to keep you company!

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