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Why Do I Read YA?

I read YA stickerIt’s a legit question. I have a full-time job and don’t eat pizza for breakfast anymore. My teenage years are getting farther and farther behind me, and I’ve already got more than one retirement plan set up.

But the books I read are mostly about teenagers.

Why? For starters, YA books are fun. They are the epitome of the phrase “go big or go home.” Whether it’s surviving in The Hunger Games, sitting awkwardly next to the red-haired new girl on the school bus, or plotting out a heist to save your father from the wrath of mobsters, YA books don’t hold back. They are full of conflicts, external and internal, and due to the age of their main characters, emotions aren’t just used as a reaction to an event or news. They’re an integral part of the plot. These kids feel, and the readers are just as emotionally invested in the outcome as they are.

YA books also allow teens to find comfort in a situation that relates to them, and adults to relive their teenage years without actually reliving their teenage years. Coming of age is difficult, and full of some of life’s harsher lessons. It’s important to remember that time and learn how to connect to younger generations. Teens are people too and YA gives them a much-needed voice.

There’s something for everyone in YA. If you’re in the mood for romance, there’s Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. Angels? Unearthly by Cynthia Hand. Sci-Fi? Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. The genre of YA is so all-encompassing you can browse for five different genres without leaving that section of the library. YA is not about judgment, either. No one in the YA section is going to give you grief if you want to read a vampire love story or steampunk. Authors of YA continuously smack down stereotypes about reading for pleasure. YA screams at you to embrace reading, whatever you’re in the mood for.

Next time you’re here, take a chance and browse the YA section in the northeast corner of the first floor. If you want to start with our favorites, take a look at the YA reviews on our BookTALK blog. There really is something for everyone.

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