Why I YA (And You Should, Too)

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.

You’re welcome.

Why do you YA?  Why not?

This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. Julie

    YES! I don’t even know what else to add. Great community, great authors, fun sub genres. Everything.

    1. Leila

      I’m so awesome I got it all, huh? 😛

  2. I agree that no genre does Dystopia quite like YA, and it does indeed help you feel younger, although I do sometimes pretend that the characters are older, especially where fictional crushes are concerned so I don’t feel like a perv. LOL

    1. Leila

      You have a point with the crushes there. Or else pretend that you’re younger. Ha!

  3. Brenda @DailyMayo

    YA books are so fun to read. I was homeschooled as a teen, so I like seeing different possibilities of what could have been. 🙂 Thanks for linking up again to Quote Me Thursday!

  4. Finley Jayne

    I’m a 36 year old mom of three kids and I also love YA. I’m a very eclectic reader and read just about everything. I love good books. Period. 🙂

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