What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Young Adult literature? A typical response from someone who hasn’t delved into this newer movement might include something about sparkling vampires. The true YA fan knows that there is so much more hidden among the rows beyond rows of books that glisten figuratively on our orange shelves. Although Twilight remains a staple, other plots rise above the realm of vampires to capture hearts of all ages. Today, we brandish our copies of teen fiction with pride.

Hip Hip YA: A Look at Young Adult Literature

The heavy hitters in this genre packed such a pop culture punch that Katniss Everdeen is a household name. Speak the word Katniss to most readers and they will likely follow with a loud, “I volunteer!” The Hunger Games series (both book and movie) became so popular that movie makers clamor for the rights to produce films based on YA books–and with a huge cinematic impact.

Popular YA novels go beyond Twilight and Hunger Games. We recommend the Fallen series by Lauren Kate, Everworld by Katherine Applegate, and the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld. The amount of entertainment that each book delivers keeps young readers engaged. For adults, recalling the feeling of first love, entering lands that never existed and peeking into what it’s like to have almost unimaginable powers not only satisfies the need for a good story but helps connect generations.

Regardless of plot points, a common theme in YA fiction is identity of the self. Who am I? What am I capable of? Growing up can be a scary thing to do. Sometimes you need to slay a dragon, hang out with The Fae or face losing a loved one. It doesn’t matter which book you pick, you will find characters who remind you to kick butt even when the odds are never in your favor.

To those who complain that YA focuses too intently on Girl Power, boys never ceded their place in literature. Their strong position in YA books includes point of view that is also insightful and fresh. Check out the Theodore Boone series by John Grisham, Eragon by Christopher Paolini or The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.

YA is for the brave, the young or young at heart, the hopeless romantic, the action fanatic, mystery connoisseur and fairy tale lover. Some hide their affection for YA books, but we are proud to be a part of this movement. YA lit is not only entertaining, it encourages people to read and to believe in themselves!

* Bookmans is your store to explore, but if you are looking for a specific young adult title, give us a call and we’ll check our orange shelves for you. We have the best time when you come in and browse our selection, so stop by any time and ask for a personalized recommendation.