its not YA Lit if the protagonist doesn’t ‘let out a breath they didn’t even know they were holding’

One YA novel I read, unfortunately I don’t recall which one, gently spoofed this: “He let out a breath I hadn’t known he was holding.”

Ten Reasons To Read YA (No Matter What Age You Are)


1. You like good books more than you care what section of a bookstore they’re found in or maintaining some ill-defined sort of lit cred (spoiler alert: it does not really exist).

2. You’re interested in developing your own informed opinions about various genres and varieties of fiction. The lit cred of being actually well and widely read does exist.

3. Because YA is so powerful that it’s built an enthusiastic reading culture all its own that includes both teens and adults, now in this our age of greatest distraction.

4. You’ve ever experienced something, anything for the first time, but especially one of those great big moments that help define or redefine who we are, that shape what we think and feel about love and death and life, those great big moments that change us or make us dig in deeper to who we already are. You want to feel that again. Or you want to understand it better. You want to understand what it’s like for someone else. And guess what? These moments keep happening, your whole life.

5. You like stories that aren’t afraid to put the experience of girls front and center, all different kinds of girls, and treat them as importantly as they deserve to be. (There are plenty of fine YA books starring boys and taking them seriously too, but I think we all know that finding those stories has never been a real problem, just a fake one.)

6. You like story. The pure, focused, raw stuff. It may be simple or it may be deceptively simple or it may be–oh yes it may be–complex, it may take place on a spaceship or in a mansion that houses a dark early American science experiment or in a high school, or in the future or in the past or right now. But you will have no trouble finding books that prize story, and there’s no mistaking that. And story is one the most powerful substances in the world.

7. You’re intrigued by the fact that while outsiders, aka those not well-read in YA, may try to pit fantasy and science fiction against realistic contemporary, humor against horror or girl books against boy books, most of the people in the YA community will tell you that’s nonsense and that one of the best things YA brings to the reading experience is its ability to have all those things exist side by side, often within the same book, to mix and match them with the freedom that comes from being a category more than a genre. A category that contains most genres and isn’t afraid to push at the boundaries of them and of the category itself.

8. You crave an emotional journey and whether it’s dark or swoony or light you can find an excellent example in YA.

9. You don’t dismiss reader pleasure–not your own, not other people’s. Whether it comes from delicious prose, unforgettable characters, strong voice or perfectly-executed twists, so many YA authors are masters at creating reader pleasure, while still telling whatever kind of story it is they mean to tell.

10. I could have really ended this list with number one, couldn’t I? So the TL/DR is:

You like good books.


Originally posted at the other place:


Does anyone read a book sometimes and just think “So out of all of these responisble adults, no-one decides to take the places of the sixteen year old kids to save the earth so they don’t have horrendous images with them for the rest of their lives”. I mean I’m sixteen and I can’t even put on matching socks, you expect someone my age to save the world?

I figure that’s part of the point. Adults have let the world fall apart thousands of times. They can’t be relied on to fix it.

I should say “we”; I’m 48. And my opinion of adults is even lower now than it was when I was a teenager.

Call them by any name you want, but these challenges stem from fears about girls’ stories coming to the front and being told. Men have their novels challenged, too, but less frequently and, more likely than not, for reasons similar to why women’s novels are: the fear of something different (anything outside the “mainstream” white, straight male standard). Blume has more titles on the most-challenged list than any other author — even Robert Cormier could only muster three — because being female and writing about issues girls face are challenge- and ban- worthy actions indeed.

A Censored History of Ladies in YA Fiction | Book Riot

This summer I’m trying to read a YA book a week, especially ones I missed like The Outsiders. Not so surprisingly, most of them are written by women. 

(via thefeministreads)

So basically, to get my novel banned all I have to do is mention menstruation?


The real irony of the whole superheroes-versus-YA war that’s going on at the box office right now is that Marvel could easily capture the young-adult-fiction crowd if they’d just pull their heads out of their arses and make a superhero movie starring a teenage girl. It’s not like they don’t have enough characters to choose from!



They say that young adult fiction tends to reflect contemporary anxieties. If that’s the case, the fact that kids today seem to most strongly identify with stories about rich old white men forcing teenage girls to murder each other should probably concern us. There’s a very definite trajectory in play here: my parents’ generation looked to the future and saw flying cars; my generation saw cyborgs and megacorps; and our children’s generation sees Lord Whitey’s Funtime Murderdrome.