I’m technically not a “young adult” any more. Nearing the age of 22, I’m more on the back end of the “new adult” category. But I don’t care. Young adult books still dominate my life and I know they will continue to do so for years to come!
I love young adult books because the characters and voices in these books are so easy to relate to. I’m sure there are some great adult books out there, but most of them are not for me. I’ve always found it difficult to put myself in the characters’ shoes and the writing styles are often too serious and withdrawn for my taste. I feel distanced from the characters, the story, and the world overall. But young adult books make me feel comfortable. They’re so easy to settle into and the characters’ voices leak off the page to the point where they feel real to me!
Maybe it is because teens are often more immature, wild, and carefree than adults. I don’t know what it is exactly, but I’m so grateful. For a long time, I struggled with what books to read. As I turned 18, I felt like I shouldn’t be browsing in the childrens/teens section of book stores any more. I tried browsing through adult fiction, I tried flipping through the pages, but they didn’t pull me in. None of those books had the same magic that young adult books have for me.
And finally, there is such an AMAZING community of young adult authors and readers. I feel like no one joins together quite like we do. It’s amazing to be around so many other people who are passionate about this genre and want to SCREAM IT TO THE HEAVENS!!
I know I’ll still be reading young adult books when I’m 25, 30, and probably even 45. But I don’t care. There’s a magic and a brilliance in young adult books that I haven’t yet found anywhere else (except for some new adult ;)). So a HUGE THANK YOU to all the amazing young adult authors out there!
Why do you love young adult books?
Beth Revis is one of my favourite authors ever. I’m completely in love with her Across the Universe series so it’s amazing to see her hosting such an INCREDIBLY GENEROUS GIVEAWAY!!