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YA Is For Everyone

If you're reading this blog, odds are, you're already a fan of YA. And why wouldn't you be? It's pretty much pure awesome. But my guess is, most of us are avid readers, and always have been. I, personally, will read anything I can get my hands on. This includes things like household cleaning product warning labels, in times of desperation.

But not everyone is so enthusiastic about reading. Some find it a chore, some find it boring, some would just rather see it on a screen. Like any other hobby, reading isn't for everyone. Still, I like to force my love for reading on friends and family whenever I can. And recently I've discovered that YA is fantastic for successfully enticing people to read--or read more.

My boyfriend, who is just not that into reading, used to ignore my "you should read this" nagging. But one day this past summer, I managed to catch him in a bored moment, and enticed him with The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I mean, how could he not be interested when I described it as "teens killing each other for an audience's entertainment"? He loved it, and I've convinced him to read several more books since.

He's not the only one I've gotten hooked on reading YA, either. There's something about YA, with its tight writing and wide variety of themes. So next time you talk to someone who's not a reading enthusiast, try suggesting one of your favorite YA books, and see what happens.

You never know.
Kaitlin Ward

Kaitlin Ward is the author of Bleeding Earth, Adaptive Books 2016, and The Farm, coming 2017 from Scholastic.

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  1. Will do! Although people who don't like to read just boggle my mind...

  2. The New York Time had this great article over the summer about what makes YA books so wonderful. Basically: they're good and stuff actually happens. When I worked at the library I always used to recommend YA books to adults, and they would come back after taking my advice and say things like, "This book was awesome! This is for kids? What else do you recommend."

  3. Pretty much pure awesome? Pretty much!

    The best book to ever entice a reluctant reader, especially guys, is "Swim the Fly" by Don Calame. It will knock reader's socks off and make them open up their lives for more YA lit.

  4. It my dream to get my boys to read. I've tried lots of books. I'll have to look at the book Jonathon recommended.

  5. Ha, so true! I actually managed to coax a cousin of mine into reading The Lightning Thief, and afterward he simply demanded the entire Percy Jackson series.

    I felt like I'd done my job well. =]

  6. Yes, Percy Jackson and the Olympians is another great one. One of my nephews received The Lightning Thief for Christmas in 2008. I had been mulling over the series for years at B&N and when I was at my sister's house the book was sitting there. My sister told me that my nephew hadn't even touched it since he had received it, this was in October of '09. So, I took the book and by the end of the week, I was finishing the fifth book. I went back to my sister's house and demanded my nephew read the book he'd been resisting. By the end of the next week, he too was finishing the last book. I also recommended the series to one of my book buddies and she has gotten nine of her coworkers to read PJ&O, they are all over thirty!

    My message, I should have recommended Percy Jackson, because the series is the most wide reaching series I have ever read, after HP.

  7. This has happened to me. People say, "Read this, you might like it." And I usually do, so it stands to reason that it would work the other way around too.

  8. So true. I'm sure part of the reason this works is the fact that YA gets to the point and moves at a faster pace - at least, compared to many of the adult novels I've read.

  9. I love reading and writing young adult. It's fresh and fun. Who doesn't love it?

  10. Yes!

    My boyfriend has never been a particularly big fiction reader, but I've made him read Barry Lyga and John Green and The Hunger Games. And he couldn't put them down.

    I once talked to a bookseller who works at a shop selling all sorts of stuff, and she said that she'd become especially fond of reading the YA. She thought YA told stories and dealt with issues a great deal better than a lot of adult books.

    I love how direct and compelling YA is. Pure awesome indeed.

  11. Leila - check out the first blog I featured today, it would be right up your bf's ally.

  12. I adore words. Ever since I found my first romance novel in my sophomore English free read class, I was hooked. (As I grew older I regressed, now I read and write YA!)

    We started to read to the boys in utero, and every single night there is a story before bed (They are 6 and almost 9 now!) They both LOVE books and it has fostered an amazing love of learning too.


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