So. Today is my twenty-first birthday.
*cue confetti and applause*
Yes, yes, I know - it's an amazing feat, to have made it this far. In lieu of gifts and well wishes, please send alcohol.
(Okay, maybe no alcohol - my parents read this blog. Hi, Mom and Dad!)
And although I've only been twenty-one for a few hours, I'm already consumed with this one burning question:
What am I going to read?
In all seriousness, this has been on my mind a lot recently. Not too long ago I beta-read an amazing manuscript. The main character was a college freshman; her friends were quirky nerds and preppy sorority girls. They struggled with self-esteem and identity crises and relationships and parents' expectations. In short, they were young adults.
But the author was told by several agents that they couldn't sell a YA novel about college students.
The general rule in literature is that college kids are misfits. Some books with college-aged narrators fall under the adult category; some fall under the YA category; but mostly, they don't exist at all.
In some ways, it's understandable - 19-year-olds are technically still teens. But they're also living in dorms and paying rent and shopping for groceries. They're straddling that line between adulthood and childhood.
Which is exactly where I am.
Personally, I'd love to see more young adult literature about...young adults. Does anyone feel the same? Can you guys recommend any books about college-aged students?