Who can forget the first time they met irresistible, fast-talking Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables? Or the years that they spent growing up with Harry, Hermione, and Ron? Luckily for us, it truly is the golden age for young adult fiction right now, as YA authors today continue to take the genre in new and incredibly exciting directions. Indeed, young adult books have stepped up onto the literary stage as a powerful genre in its own right, creating role models for all of us and leading important conversations about personhood, gender, sexuality, and race.
Who said young adult books were just for young adults? According to an oft-cited study from Publisher's Weekly , over half of YA readers are adults. Though they typically focus on teenage characters, YA literature holds an undeniable appeal for adults— perhaps because the fundamentals of life don't change all that much.
Who says young adult novels are just for kids? The settings can be more fantastical, and the emotions can feel downright nostalgic. Whatever your reason for diving in, here are some YA reads that can easily be appreciated by an older audience. Find books coming soon in Sign in.