Young Adult

Blogging from A to Z Challenge: Day 25 - Letter Y

The fabulous Y is up in today's Blogging from A to Z Challenge - and my topic:

Young Adult

When people find out I write - let alone that my genre is Young Adult - it's amazing to hear what comes out of their mouth:

Them: "Oh, you write? What do you write? Have I read anything of yours?"

Me: "I write a lot of things, but I love writing Young Adult - and no, I'm not published...yet."

Them: "Young Adult? Oh, you mean you write kids books? Huh. When do think you'll write something for a-dults?"

Me: "Um, no, not "kids" books - I write about Teenagers." 

Then later I'd think back to the conversation, and realize, this is how it translated:

1. People can't believe I write - because everyone knows, only J. K. Rowling, Stephenie Meyer, and now some woman named Suzanne Collins, is allowed to do this.
2. You can see their wheels turning that I am NOT one of the above.
3. Instantly they assume that since I write, I MUST be published and of course, that they - in all their infinite years of reading - have read something by me, but they just didn't know it was me (this often can result in them asking if I write under a pseudonym, which is a conversation you'll want to steer clear of, believe me. Otherwise, you'll end up with a plethora of suggestions that they deem "cool").
4. Young Adult? Oh, I must not take this whole writing thing seriously. Because if I did, I'd write something real.


Throughout all of the above, what was more frustrating, was for some reason I would dive into this whole conversation on why Young Adult books are so amazing and why I write them - as if I was trying to defend the genre. 

However, in the last year, I've been really listening to my reaction to these conversations - and I've noticed my tune has changed. I'm tired of feeling like I have to defend a genre that is SIMPLY ONE OF THE MOST AWESOME GENRES TO WRITE IN. I'm sick of people who are afraid to admit, that they enjoyed reading or watching HARRY POTTER. And how THE HUNGER GAMES movie "wasn't so bad". Or that Young Adult is only for Young Adults.

Ultimately, I think it's because I know, this is EXACTLY what I want to do. It's what I love.

I know I may be in the minority, but I LOVED my teenage years. Sure it had it's drama. Of course I thought I knew the answer to everything, and grew horns and a tail when I was told I did not. And it really sucked when the cute boy, didn't think I was so cute.

But even with all it's awkwardness, all the fumbling through, all the fights and cattiness - man how I loved being a teen. All my friends. Pep rallies. Playing sports. Friday night football games. Going to Homecoming. Hallway and locker room conversations. Great gossip. Passing notes. Getting my driver's license. Partying on a Saturday night - booze included. Skipping curfew. Sneaking out. First kisses. Holding hands. First loves. And the first time.

I've said it before, but I'd do it all over again, if I could. I really would. Even with how times have changed from when I was a teen.

Because all of the above? Yeah, that's EXACTLY why I write Young Adult. And I'm no longer afraid to admit that.

Young Adult: What do you love most about this genre? Why do you write and read YA?

Scholastic Book Talk: May 2011 Best Sellers


Young Adult

1. Stolen Children by Peg Kehret ($3 in Arrow)
2. Cut by Patricia McCormick ($4 in TAB)
3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins ($7 in TAB andBookBeat: Teens Online)
4. What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell ($5 in TAB)
5. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins ($7 in TAB and BookBeat: Teens Online)



Scholastic Book Talk: April 2011 Best Sellers

Book Talk

For the month of April, 2011, here are Scholastics Best Sellers amongst YA & Children's reads:

Young Adult

1. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl ($5 in Arrow and TAB)
2. Witch & Wizard by James Patterson ($9 in Arrow andBookBeat: Teens Online)
3. Tears of a Tiger by Sharon M. Draper ($4 in TAB)
4. Words in the Dust by Trent Reedy ($5 in TAB)
5. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan ($9 in TAB andBookBeat: Teens Online)




Middle Grade

1. Old Yeller by Fred Gipson ($2 in TAB)
2. Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine ($4 in Arrow and Spring Gift Books)
3. Notes from the Dog by Gary Paulsen ($3 in Arrow and TAB)
4. The Last Invisible Boy by Evan Kuhlman ($4 in Arrow)
5. Love, Aubrey by Suzanne LaFleur ($3 in Arrow)




Scholastic Book Talk: March 2011 Best Sellers

Book Talk


1. I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore ($12 in TAB)
2. Missing by Catherine MacPhail ($4 in TAB)
3. Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender ($6 in TAB)
4. Incarceron by Catherine Fisher ($9 in TAB)
5. Fang: A Maximum Ride Novel by James Patterson ($8 in TAB)




1. Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine ($4 in Arrow)
2. The Lost Children by Carolyn Cohagan ($4 in Arrow)
3. The Batboy by Mike Lupica ($5 in TAB)
4. Empty by Suzanne Weyn ($10 in TAB)
5. Dream of Night by Heather Henson ($5 in TAB)



Scholastic Book Talk: February 2011 Best Sellers


1. Beastly by Alex Flinn ($5.00 in TeenRC)
2. I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore ($12.00 in TeenRC)
3. Everwild by Neal Shusterman ($6.00 in TeenRC)
4. North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley ($8.00 in TeenRC)
5. Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg ($5.00 in TeenRC)




1. War Horse by Michael Morpurgo ($3.00 in Arrow)
2. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne ($9.00 inArrow)
3. Al Capone Shines My Shoes by Gennifer Choldenko ($5.00 in Arrow)
4. My Fake Boyfriend Is Better Than Yours by Kristina Springer ($5.00 in Arrow)
5. The Crowfield Curse by Pat Walsh ($5.00 in Arrow)



Scholastic Book Talk: January 2011 Best Sellers

For the month of January, here are Scholastics top book picks in the Children's / Young Adult categories:

Young Adult

1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins ($7 in TAB)
2. Rules by Cynthia Lord ($3 in 
3. Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine ($4 in 
4. Al Capone Shines My Shoes by Gennifer Choldenko ($5 in 
5. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins ($7 in 



Middle Grade

1. Saving Zasha by Randi Barrow ($4 in Arrow)
2. Rules by Cynthia Lord ($3 in 
3.  Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan ($4 in 
4. Al Capone Shines My Shoes by Gennifer Choldenko ($5 in
5. Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan ($12 in