Yes, I am a thirty-five year old w sucks. YA allows me to relive my carefree teen years. Well, they weren’t terribly carefree, but much less full of cares than the life of an adult. So all you youngsters out there, don’t be in such a hurry to grow up, ‘kay?
- I didn’t have the most awesome high school experience. So I enjoy reading about better teenage experiences. Or at least more normal teenage lives. I spent most of my time studying and doing lots of extracurricular activities to pad my college applications. The jocks literally dripped over me in the halls. Idiots scratched idiotic stuff on the door to my locker. At one time a male friend started ignoring me when people asked if we were going out (jerk). You get the idea.
- At the same time, I also like reading about other crappy high school experiences. Makes me feel less crappy about mine. Misery loves company and all that.
- No genre does dystopia better than YA. Period. And I love me some dystopia.
- No genre does vampires better than YA. Period. And I love me some vampires. The House of Night series is especially good.
- YA books are way cheaper. So I can buy more of them with my grown up moolah. The hardcovers are so pretty…
Now here’s why you should, too:
- The community of YA fans is so much fun! Everyone is so passionate about their love of YA.
- You’ll feel younger.
- You’ll relate better to your kids (if you have them). Reading YA shows you are interested in youth culture, and you’ll have something to talk about of the (often awkwardly silent) dinner table.
- YA authors are amazing. They really love and appreciate their fans. They make you feel special by actually valuing you.
- Just take my word for it. Give it a try. You won’t be out much time. Start with something like The Here and Now or The Vault of Dreamers.