Why Everyone Should Read YA

I can’t recall exactly when I started reading YA, I believe it was fifth grade, but I do remember enjoying it immensely. It was as though a whole new world had been revealed to me and I went exploring. I won’t bore you with my favorite YA tropes or the YA novels I passionately abhor but I will tell you that YA offers a lot for readers of all ages.

I know that at a certain age, many people stop reading YA. Maybe it is because you feel like you’ve outgrown it or perhaps you stop reading altogether. I know that many feel that during higher education, and especially graduate school, they are expected to read more literary works. This comes in many forms such as books that are over a century old, nonfiction and more literary fiction. And while every genre has its pros and cons, just because YA isn’t on a reading list doesn’t mean you should give it up altogether. I often try to pick up at least one YA novel on a book haul of four or more books.

Although it is always good to expand horizons, coming back to what you’ve read before is fun and refreshing. My personal example would be The House of Dies Drear a novel by Virginia Hamilton. I first read this masterpiece when I was 11 but I still read quite often. I loved the plot, the inclusion of poetry and the suspense that comes just from the character Pluto alone. Let’s be honest, faves are faves for a reason so yo