Cornucopia of YA~ What is YA anyway?

What makes a book YA or young adult? Yesterday’s fun interview with the author Red Tash included her spot-on thoughts and insights on writing for young adults (click HERE to see) and made me think about what I was reading as a teen… 15 + years ago, thank you very much :p She’s right, teens can read anything they want really. But the young adult genre novels typically star a teen-aged protagonist dealing with similar or recognizable issues to their age group.

Wikipedia says this…

Young-adult fiction or young adult literature (often abbreviated as YA),also juvenile fiction, is fiction written, published, or marketed to adolescents and young adults. The Young Adult Library Services (YALSA) of the American Library Association (ALA) defines a young adult as someone between the ages of twelve and eighteen. Authors and readers of young adult (YA) novels often define the genre as literature as traditionally written for ages ranging from twelve years up to the age of eighteen, while some publishers may market young adult literature to as low as age ten or as high as age twenty-five.[2] The terms young-adult novel, juvenile novel, young-adult book, etc. refer to the works in the YA category.

I enjoy YA books. Well, honestly, I just enjoy a good story, whether it’s a picture book, early reader, children’s, YA, New Adult (we’ll talk about that in another post!) or adult. Tell me a story that catches my imagination and I’m there.

I have an entire book case dedicated to young adult titles. And of course, with my chaotic collection I have YA books elsewhere too :p I know *shakes head* You are shocked 🙂 Here are just a few of the authors on my shelves that have books classified as YA.

Stacey Kade (I’ve been a fan of hers since I met her at the RT 2007 Convention and have stalked her since)

Allyson Noel (Maid of Tarts recommended)

Rachel Caine ( I got hooked on her Weather Warden series and then had to read everything of hers!)

Julia Kagawa

Holly Black

Jenna Black (Yep, started with her adult UF )

Lily St. Crow (am addicted to her adult books written as Lilith Saintcrow)

Meg Cabot

Katie Maxwell (lol funny books, same humor as her adult name Kate Macalister)

Amy Lane (love!love!love! her adult books had to buy her YA)

I have more authors of course… My Hunger Games series is with my dad <g> and I have not read all of my YA books… It’s not that I am ignoring that genre, it’s just that my current purchasing habits accumulate books faster than I can read them!

Who are some of your fav authors who write YA?

What did you/do you read as a teen?

I know I was reading adult fiction from about 13 on. I did grab books from the young adult section, like Blood and Chocolate , but more often I would wander the adult stacks and pick up books that caught my eye. I remember grabbing Nora Roberts off the paperback spinner rack when I was maybe 14-15ish and being hooked on romance. I’m a geek and adore fantasy and science fiction so I read Robert Heinlein, and yes, he has some stories in the juvenile’s section, but a lot of his books are adult. Those are the only books I remember my dad not wanting me to read when I was a young teenager. 🙂 I loved, still do, Mary Stewart’s gothic romances, give me The Moon-spinners and Nine Coaches Waiting *sigh* oh! Elizabeth Peters mysteries… And I read some cat mysteries and a series with whirling dervish in the title *off to google*  Ah-ha! Those were Dorothy Gilman’s Mrs. Pollifax mysteries  and Lillian Jackson Braun’s Cat Who series (I love google!)

If you are a teenager and want to read a book with a hero/heroine your own age, there are many wonderful stories, from light and fun to dark and disturbing… and any number of combinations of those elements. I think it depends on what place the reader is and what they want from the book. I just love to read and I am so thankful we have choices to meet whatever mood we are in.

Then, and now,  I read whatever catches my fancy.

(((hugs))) Kat

The Queen of Tarts

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One Reply to “Cornucopia of YA~ What is YA anyway?”

  1. I was a teen many years ago and there was no such thing as “YA” back then. Basically, I read adult books – mainly SF, Fantasy and Romance. Many of the protagonists were teenagers or just into their twenties, but it didn’t seem necessary to separate them out into a whole separate genre.

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