If I’m really honest, I like to be seen in a certain light: usually as intellectual and professional. So I try to stay away from, or hide my preference for, things that will damage that persona—things like Kraft macaroni & cheese (which is freaking delicious) and rap music (yup, I like to break it down to Eminem).
And when it came to books, I used to feel similarly about YA. There’s no way I wanted to be caught reading that riffraff. I thought that all YA was either shallow or full of vampires and werewolves—or both. There is plenty of YA (and adult!) fiction that fits both of those descriptions, but I was wrong in thinking that all of it was like that.
Thankfully, my best friend is a much better person than I am and she unabashedly indulges in YA of all sorts—which is great. Because of her, I finally broke down and read the following books, which completely changed the way I view the Young Adult genre.Continue Reading