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Today, I turn 25 years old. In the grand scheme of things, I’m still a baby. I have a lot of life ahead of me, I’m just getting started. In the YA community, I’m the elderly grandmother. I’m considered too old and too “mature” for anything in the young adult genre, but in my mind, I can’t think of myself as anything other than a young adult.
Why is this even an issue? Why do people give me weird looks when I recommend a “teen fiction” book at work? Why do people give me looks when I talk about or attend YA book events? I’ve come to feel slightly embarrassed by loving the YA genre because everyone tells me it’s “written for children”. The target demographic is supposedly ages 12 to 18, but most YA books I’ve sold in the past 2 years I’ve worked at a bookstore have been by people around my age or older. What people don’t seem to understand is that YA books have the same themes, the same lessons, the same emotional life experiences as adult fiction. The only difference is the age of the main characters.
YA contemporary books are nostalgic. They bring up emotions and moments in life that I can look back on and reminisce. YA sci-fi/fantasy books take me out of our current world (thankfully) and throw me into a magical world full of intrigue and excitement. These books make me feel the same way that any typical fiction book ever has, and frankly, some are better written. So, I’m ready for this stigma of adults reading teen books to die. I’m tired of being judged for reading and enjoying any form of book. If you’re reading, you’re winning.
I’m 25 years old, I read YA, and I’m damn proud of it.
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