Thursday, July 16, 2009

Grownups Who Read YA

Well, blow me down--an article about adults reading YA fiction that's actually respectful of the people and the genre. Actually, it's not an article, but an answer in an advice column. Cynthia Crossen of the Wall Street Journal recommends YA novels for an 80-year-old woman who's lost her taste for adult fiction.

Crossen gives the "kiddie books" appellation a miss in favor of sentences like this one:
Good YA is not dumbed-down adult fare; it’s literature that doesn’t waste a breath.
Later on, she staunchly defends YA against allegations of being minor-league. Cynthia, don't take this the wrong way, but I think I love you.

And folks, don't miss the comments.

1 comment:

The Floating Lush said...

That's really fabulous. I love how she makes her point! I recently gave all three of John Green's books to someone who was looking for a good read for her bookgroup (who had previously loved Absolutely True Diary...).

Go Team YA!