More and more adults throughout the country are reading YA (Young Adult) titles. Cindy Dobrez, middle school librarian, Booklist blooger and a former chair of ALA's Best Books for Young Adults says, "There are very few adults who have forgotten their adolescent years, and a walk down memory lane can be cathartic. The angst and coming-of-age issues are much the same." As adults, we're still going through many of the same issues and battles.
Books for teens are designed to hook readers and keep them reading. In most cases, the first 15 pages of a YA novel introduce the protagonist, plot, source of dramatic tension, something that can take almost 50 pages in an adult novel. The emotions and motivations of the characters are front and center. There may be unreliable narrators, there is rarely unintelligble subtext. The end result is an immediate connection to the book's characters and their experiences. Whether it's first love or a first-time vampire encounter, adult readers seeking emotional connection without irony will find it in the YA collection. (Library Journal 6/15/2011)
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-Melissa De La Cruz