All Grown Up: The Exciting World of Young Adult Fiction

My teenage step-sister is an avid reader.  In an effort to connect with her and revisit what goes on in the mind of a middle school student, I decided to explore some of the more popular Young Adult series currently available.  I recently picked up Percy Jackson and the Olympians adventure series.  Initially, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but now I can’t put the books down! It is a great series, wonderfully written, and well worth the time spent reading.  Plus, my familiarity with the series will make for some great conversations with my step-sister.

 It seems that I am not the only adult interested in the Young Adult genre.  Susan Carpenter, of the Los Angeles Times, writes, “But increasingly, adults are reading YA books with no ulterior motives. Attracted by well-written, fast-paced and engaging stories that span the gamut of genres and subjects, such readers have mainstreamed a niche long derided as just for kids”.  Many Young Adult series are popular with an adult audience including “Harry Potter” by J.K. Rowling, “Twilight” by Stephenie Meyer, “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins and many more.  I would urge you to check out something from the Young Adult section of your local library or bookstore – you may be surprised!  Plus, it may just make for some great conversation around the dinner table.

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