Of Personification and Young Adult Literature

Hell-o, multiverse. May was a firecracker, and June is a stealthy little bugger.

Wednesday is cloaked in black velvet and listening to Felix Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I am sitting on my desk, making a feeble attempt to write something of substance. It’s been pretty quiet around here, but we promise that we’ve still been hoarding books and trying to catch up on our reading.

For the past few weeks, I’ve been devouring YA novels like cake:


E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars was stellar, masterfully crafted, and caused an uglycryface.

Reading Nina LaCour’s Everything Leads to You felt like walking on a dream, or diving into a Sofia Coppola film.

Morgan Matson’s Since You’ve Been Gone was such a delightful read, and I can’t wait to read more from her.

Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before was a riot, mostly because of the similarities between the Song sisters and my own.

Gayle Forman’s Just One Night was short and sweet. While it provided a satisfying end to the series, I was left wanting more squee (and more Dee).

Of the nine books on the list, these five were my favorite reads.

Young adult literature gets such a bad rap, but it respects its readers and provides an honest exploration of adolescence. While there are some books that turn brains into soup (regardless of the genre), there are those that are clever (E. Lockhart’s The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks), heartbreakingly beautiful (Katja Millay’s Sea of Tranquility and Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park), honest (Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak), deliciously scandalous (Pamela Moore’s Chocolates for Breakfast), and unbefuckinglievably badass (Kristin Cashore’s Graceling).

Yes, I am in my late twenties, but I thoroughly enjoy reading YA fiction (among other things) and will continue doing so.

It is now almost two in the morning, and my ability to articulate my thoughts is waning. In the meantime, click on the following links for in-depth discussions on the importance of young adult literature:

In defense of YA literature by Michelle K on Feministing

In Defense of Grown-Ass People Reading Young Adult Novels by Joanna Robinson on Pajiba

In defense of young adult literature by Alexander Bernard on The Michigan Daily

Why I Love YA: In Defense of Young Adult Literature by Kerry Winfrey on HelloGiggles

This was a post by Hanna, who is thinking of malt shop music and ice cream.

Of Personification and Young Adult Literature

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