You might have read a lot of discussions regarding young adult books on the internet. After all, none of them can particularly be considered high literature. Catcher in the Rye is literature- The Fault in Our Stars is just a book for teenagers, right?
I would like to disagree.
As a mother of two young girls, I know just how much books and the characters in these books affect them. I am aware of how they draw inspirations from books and how the themes of these novels they devour change their life.
We might not be able to see the subtle lessons a lot of these young adult novels teach those who love reading them. Some of them are rather shallow, I’ll agree. But some others deal with incredibly deep problems such as friendship, love, death or even how to deal with issues such as bullying.
Of course, we might believe that parents will be able to teach their children all they need to know about these matters. However, we are forgetting that when you directly as children to do something, or react in a particular way, they feel the need to rebel. Books act as a middle ground, a way of teaching kids thing, but in a way that is natural and not forced.
A lot of other people might not feel this is true, but as far as I’ve seen, it’s true. And this is why I love to read young adult fiction myself.