Young Adult Books
You might wonder why I read and review Young Adult novels when I’m certainly well beyond the”young” part of that designation. The reason is simple. The only difference between a Young Adult novel and a novel for us not-so-young adults should be a lack of heavy sexual content, graphic violence, and adult language. All things I can take or leave in a story, anyway.
Young Adult novels should not sound like they were written for third graders, nor like they were written BY third graders. So, if done properly it stands to reason they should be stories that adults can enjoy, too. And many of today’s Young Adult novels are done quite well, even though the genre is a bit crowded with fallen angels, vampires, and things that go bump in the night. I really enjoy urban fantasy, myself, but I would like to see a broader scope of subjects offered to young readers, lest they end up thinking that’s all there is.
I have read quite a few Young Adult novels in the last couple of years that were well written and thought provoking, in addition to telling exciting stories. I’ve already reviewed a couple here, including one I loved, The Scorpio Races, and one I wasn’t fond of, The Golden Lily. I have several more I’ll be reviewing over the next few days, and no doubt will continue to read others as they come to my attention.
If you have avoided reading Young Adult novels for fear they would be disappointing or immature, you might find out that isn’t always the case. I encourage you to try one or two for yourself. For starters, you might check to see if any of your favorite “regular” authors has written any Young Adult books. You might be surprised at how good some of them are.