Can you ever be too old for Young Adult books? That said, even the most ardent lovers of the genre can occasionally get tired of all the, well, high school drama. A relatively recent category—it was coined by St. The protagonists, in the 18 to late 20s range, deal with issues related to college and first jobs, and changing relationships with family and friends. Another demarcation: more sex and cursing!
The eight best young adult books – and why grownups should read them, too
My novel was initially pitched like this: Emma Bloom is a college student who returns home to Westchester during winter break to find that her mother is in the throes of a psychotic episode. I wanted to explore the toll that mental illness takes on a family, and more generally, what it means to love somebody who is sick. I was relieved to hear her say it. To me, all YA suggested was that I had failed, in some critical way, to captivate an adult audience.
Latest Issue. Past Issues. At their core, YA books are for and about teenagers and pre-teens, usually between 12 and 18 years old, but sometimes as young as