These YA Books Should Be on Every Adult’s Reading List
These YA Books Should Be on Every Adult's Reading List | Penguin Random House
Who said young adult books were just for young adults? According to an oft-cited study from Publisher's Weekly , over half of YA readers are adults. Though they typically focus on teenage characters, YA literature holds an undeniable appeal for adults— perhaps because the fundamentals of life don't change all that much. You go through these cycles and experience the same things over and over again," popular YA author Jenny Han tells OprahMag. Han's To All the Boys trilogy , a hit among teenagers and grown-ups alike , demonstrates the wide popularity of the genre. For adults, the books—often written with immediacy and emotional intensity—can have a transportive quality. Ahead, a selection of some of the best YA books for teens and adults.
Whether your teen is a certified bookworm or a reluctant reader, everyone can benefit from diving into a good novel. Teens who read widely can better handle complex concepts, score better on standardized tests, and are often more accepting of those who are different from themselves. And for a lot of teenagers who claim to hate reading, finding the right subject matter may prove the difference between grumbling over finishing their required reading list and devouring a new novel without coaxing. Because middle grade and young adult books have more to offer than ever before, there's no shortage of great literature available that speaks directly to the life and times your Gen Zer. You may already know the seminal works by literary legends like Harper Lee and J.
Who can forget the first time they met irresistible, fast-talking Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables? Or the years that they spent growing up with Harry, Hermione, and Ron? Luckily for us, it truly is the golden age for young adult fiction right now, as YA authors today continue to take the genre in new and incredibly exciting directions. Indeed, young adult books have stepped up onto the literary stage as a powerful genre in its own right, creating role models for all of us and leading important conversations about personhood, gender, sexuality, and race.