April 07, 2017

#BookChat: Who are Young Adult Books REALLY for?

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Are young adult books really for young adult readers?  This is a question that I think about all the time.  Being an adult who loves YA, I find myself surrounded by other adults at the bookstore as well as online and I really start to wonder.  Was Young Adult titles actually made for young adult readers?  I am currently 34 years old, married, and the mom of two girls who also read.  This past year I had the fortune to go to a signing for Sarah J. Maas and what did I find?  About 90% of all those in line were either in their late 20’s to people that were older than me.  I even found a few fans in the store that had followed my site for a good amount of years.  If you are a fan of Maas’s books, you know that the second book to her Court of Roses and Thorns has a very heavy sex scene in it.  I personally haven’t gotten to it yet.  But there is one in book one as well.  If you think about the Twilight Saga, there is also one in Breaking Dawn.  Many other titles have things that years before you wouldn’t have seen in a young adult novel. But, nowadays seems to be the norm.  Stories are growing up and getting with the times. Our children have to deal with so much more than what they dealt with when I was younger or even further back when my mom was younger.  We have books full of murder, mayhem, sex, and more. So I really believe that young adult books nowadays are geared more towards the ages of 18-40 vs. just the average young adult age.  Even my 12 years old no longer reads middle-grade titles.  She has sworn off the kid situations and has dived head first into things like The Hunger Games, Fangirl, Love at First Sight, and others of the like.  So what is your take on Young Adult and Young Adult readers?

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