Welcome to Lesley of Lesley Says today for What YA Bloggers Want. Lesley has been a faithful reader here, and I really appreciate her dedication to books and readers.
I think what Leslie wants most is for adult readers to discover the wonders of YA. We do, don't we? I hope more adults discover these books, written from the heart and soul.
Give it up for Lesley!
Perhaps the #1 misconception about Young Adults books is that they are meant for young adults. I know. I was guilty of it. When I was younger, I was happy to head for the YA section in my library but when I got older and was still doing that, I wondered if something was wrong with me.
I began experimenting with more "grown up" books but something was missing - the gorgeous world building, the fragile coming of age characters, the stimulating ideas that could only come from trying to make sense out of a larger, broader world. And like the prodigal daughter, I found myself gravitating towards YA again. I'm glad I did or I would have missed out on Hunger Games, Shiver and Before I Fall. I've now staked my corner in the YA section and made myself comfortable because I plan to be there for a long time.
Thank you, Lesley!
Readers, have you been like the prodigal daughter, straying to another genre of books and back again to YA? What do you think YA has that other genres don't?
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