Ok, so I’ll fess up…I am Amy and I am a Young Adult junkie. Yes, I’ll freely admit it I like YA books. Give me fantasy, paranormal, paranormal romance, dystopia – you name it, I’ll probably like it as long as it is well written. I also consider it part of my job as an aspiring YA writer to know what is going on in the marketplace – so of course I have to read everything I can get my hands on.
Why as an over 30 woman do I like these “teenager” books – as my husband snidely calls them. It’s simple – in many ways I still see myself as a teenager. No, I don’t dress or act like one (which my 11 year-old appreciates) but I love the music, the angst, and the memories of first love as I’m sure most YA readers do.
That why I think, in my humble opinion, this genre is exploding because many women feel this way. Look at any successful YA book out there – it’s most likely penned by an older woman – Suzanne Collins, Stephenie Meyer, Holly Black & Cassandra Clare just to name a few. And, I know as a member of a book club and several woman’s groups that this is the genre most women are turning to now for a good read. Forget upscale literary fiction or romance, a lot of women between the ages of 21 - 35 are now found lurking in the YA section of most bookstores.
So for those of you who aren’t afraid of outing themselves like me – I am going to begin a once a week look at YA fiction (past and present) and discuss what I see, as purely a reader, are some good trends, some really bad ones, and premises that I hope are here to stay.
So come follow me. I am sure there will be some picks you agree with and some you will not. I’d love to hear all your feedback.