As I am quickly approaching my twentieth birthday I have been attempting to do some deep reflection (I feel like I probably should since I’m supposed to be an ‘adult’ now). While doing this reflecting I have realized that my tastes in a lot of things have changed, as they normally do with age, but I am quite sad about one change in particular. I have been reading books geared more towards adults and I feel like I’ve abandoned my safe home in the Young Adult section.
Although I’m upset (read: distraught) about the evolution of my reading tastes, I know I’ll always have a special place in my heart for certain YA authors and no matter how old I am, I will read every book they write. I know there are many different genres within the YA section that I couldn’t possibly cover in one post, but this list consists of what I think is some of the best of YA.
John Green (As I’ve mentioned many times before): What a flawless man. I personally think John Green’s writing can be enjoyed by people of every age even though his books are in the YA section, but even if they weren’t so versatile I would still read the heck out of them.
Sarah Dessen: I adore this woman. Her books are all very similar in many ways, but each one is special and has just the right amount of everything. I really think that Sarah Dessen’s books are the perfect example of good YA fiction.
Susane Colasanti: I haven’t read all of her books but I greatly enjoyed the ones that I read. She writes in a style that teenagers can really relate to and I think that’s why they’re so popular. She basically writes the way that teens talk (like, and um) but with a little more intelligence (no offense teens) and I found that really fun and easy to read.
After all of this YA talk I don’t think I’ll ever grow out of it. Sure, I’ll read books geared towards adults more frequently, but my love for YA will always be strong. I assumed that when I revisited the books I used to love a few years ago would make me cringe but all I got was a smile. Check out some of your old favorites! I think you’ll find that you’ve been missing some old friends.