When I was growing up there wasn’t really a genre called “Young Adult literature.” We teenaged bibliophiles all just read inappropriate adult books. Sometimes we had to sneak, which made them even more delicious. (For me that was in the 1970s and 80s, so think Erica Jong, Tom Robbins, Kurt Vonnegut… those were the days!)
Today’s young adults though have authors writing books just for them, and we “adults” sometimes have to sneak reading those, to avoid public humiliation by our teenagers! (OK, maybe that’s just me and my teenagers.) I used to fight with my daughter over who got to read the book first throughout the publication of Libba Bray’s Gemma Doyle trilogy, one time buying two hardcovers, just to preserve the filial relationship. Ditto Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy.
Today’s give-away is the new Sarah Dessen book, What Happened to Goodbye. I’m glad I don’t have to hide any more when I read YA because it’s acceptable now for us grownups to cross into the YA part of the bookstore. I’ve also had the pleasure of reading my fair share of YA manuscript submissions. I do though kind of miss the feeling that the sneaking around gave me.
What do you like to read that you aren’t supposed to? Who are you hiding it from?