Staff Says -
The saying goes, "Know your customer." So when I became the Teen Services Librarian in February of this year, I decided to do just that. I began my journey into Young Adult (YA) literature with The Fault in Our Stars. Not to be a spoiler, I'll just tell you this book is about love and loss. No matter your age, this still brings us sorrow. I continue to explore this genre, and I must say there are some really good reads!
Although Young Adult books are generally written for ages 12-18, some contain very intense situations. Rarely is the main character an adult, yet they sound like adults. Full of wit and intelligence, characters deal with the curve balls of life: divorce, depression, cancer, death, racism, love, and loss. to name just a few.
Often fiction in this section is told in a first person point of view, and it is often present tense. This makes the read faster and more forthright. There is a quicker pace and more dialogue. The stories become sharper and more cinematic in a way. This may be why so many of these books have been made into movies. The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, The Lovely Bones, and I Know What You Did Last Summer are just a sampling of YA books made into movies.
Victoria Boykin - Teen Services Librarian