My last edition of Mom’s Bookshelf was dedicated to Middle Grade fiction so it is only fair that I grow up a little and move on to the Young Adult section. If you are interested in why an adult would read YA, I refer you to this series of articles in The Atlantic: Y.A. for Grownups. Or you could remember the words of C. S. Lewis: “Those of us who are blamed when old for reading childish books were blamed when children for reading books too old for us.” And really, what would you rather read, a well-written, thoughtful YA novel or Nicolas Sparks?
I rest my case.
So here are five six YA novels I recommend for those of you who think YA is all about Twilight (a book I will never read, but won’t judge you —much— if you do).
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And in case you are wondering, yes, I have read The Hunger Games, but only this last April, which is very late in the game (ahem). I didn’t want to at first because I thought “Distopia? I won’t like that.” Although I could discuss why I don’t think the books are as brilliant as everyone says they are, they are certainly page turners.
Now that I’ve made this list and have left off a number of books I also loved, I think I’ll have to do another YA feature again soon.
What about you? Do you look down your nose at YA, or do you like to mix it in with your so-called grown-up reading?
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