I’ve contemplated blogging about this subject because I know how loved Young Adult fiction* is in the book blogging community and BookTube. And for good reason.
The Young Adult genre (books written for a target audience between 12 and 18 years old) is loved by many people of all ages, and there is nothing wrong with that. I have loved Young Adult books ever since I was a kid and even now, some of my all-time favorite series and standalone’s belong to the Young Adult genre – I’m rereading the Lunar Chronicles as we speak!
But picking up new Young Adult books, they rarely speak to me in the way they used to. I recently picked up They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera, and although I liked it, I didn’t love it. This is happening with a lot of Young Adult novels I read these days. I do not enjoy them the way I used.
This doesn’t mean that YA novels have gotten worse – it’s actually the other way around in my opinion, they only get better and better! More diverse, dealing with more serious issues and focusing on all parts of teenage life. But I don’t connect to them the way I used to. When I finish a Young Adult novel, I’m often left wanting more of the story. More world building, more complex prose and multi-layered plots. That’s something I don’t often find in Young Adult novels. The Young Adult books that I love, are all books I read when I was a few years younger.
Looking at the books I loved in the past year or so, there is not one Young Adult novel included. I got older, and naturally I’ve kind of drifted away from Young Adult books, because I wasn’t enjoying them in the same way I was before. Looking at the 29 unread books I currently have on my TBR shelf, there are not YA books on it. I haven’t bought any in a while now.
My reading taste is changing. That’s a little bit scary, especially because many of the book discussed in the book community online are YA, and that might mean that I won’t ‘fit in’ as much. But at the same time it can open doors, both in my reading life and on my blog!
I will definitely still enjoy the occasional Young Adult book, but it hasn’t been that big of a part of my reading for a while now. I’ve discovered Adult fiction, memoirs, nonfiction and more. And I’m really excited to tell you more about all the books I’m loving. 🙂