Short and sweet today: good books for young adults?
The designation of Young Adult literature isn’t as clear cut as you might think. Every week someone asks me to help them find a book that turns out to be in the young adult’s section.
“That’s not a kid’s book.”
When I give them a call number that says their Anne McCafrey or Harry Potter or Mark Twain book is actually cataloged under Young Adult, responses range from:
“That’s wrong” or “I’m not going down to the kid’s section” to “It’s not for me, it’s for my kid.”
There are some great Young Adult books that are worth reading as adults. There are plenty of books in the same category that get many adults fussing and hollering because they’re unfit for kids. These people don’t want to hear about the difference between “Juvenile” and “Young Adult” literature.
There’s simply no way to define the group outside of the numerical “Ages 12-18” that seems to fit most of the books in section. And when we get into questions about what is “appropriate” for every kid in that age range, forget it.
Today, based on whatever your definition of Young Adult is, and whatever you think people in that bracket should be reading, please list a few books that you think every Young Adult should read or could find enjoyable.
And if you list War And Peace I’ll do my best to get every library in the world to reclassify it according to your august counsel.
- Lord of The Flies by William Golding
- The Lord of The Rings books
- Both of Lewis Carroll’s Alice books
- Piers Anthony’s Adept, Xanth, and Incarnations of Immortality series
- Monster by Walter Dean Myers
- We All Fall Down by Robert Cormier
- I actually read the first Gossip Girl book and I can tell why they’re so popular. I think most kids get enjoy them, whether they’ll admit it or not
- The Harry Potter series
- Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
- Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies series
- For fantasy lovers, just about anything by Terry Brooks or Anne McCaffrey
- Feed by MT Anderson
- Octavian Nothing by MT Anderson
- The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain–I always see this cataloged as adult, but it’s a hilarious and easy read
- Crank by Ellen Hopkins
- House of Stairs by William Sleator
I’ll leave off there for now.
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