The age classification of literature bothers me immensely. I’m not suggesting children should be allowed to read erotica or books about serial killers, but I don’t support the niche marketing and classification placed on so many titles. The Young Adult (YA) label applies (approximately) to the 12-18 year old range. Since its development it has carried an apparent taboo—older readers shy away from anything in the category. It’s considered an embarrassment and demeaning to many who believe YA texts lack any true literary merit or enjoyment for readers.
In my own experiences with YA literature, I have found that this isn’t the case. In fact, there is a wealth of YA titles that prove captivating, thought-provoking, and overall great books. While this section does want to provide options appropriate for a younger readership, it also wants to dispel the common misconception held by many adult readers. As these selections will hopefully demonstrate, you don’t have to be a young adult to enjoy YA literature. If done well, YA books contain universal themes and messages applicable to readers of all ages.
***Book reviews of YA texts will appear on the home page and categorized under “YA Reviews.”