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YA as Genre or YA as Reading Level

Lately I’ve been mulling over a question that seems to crop up in a lot of what I read for both work and pleasure, namely whether or not a definition of YA exists. Of course YA exists, but what it is seems to be a fluid idea, shaped by many different considerations: age of protagonist, marketing concerns, and the most controversial of all–reading level.

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Sex, Drugs, and YA

A few days ago, Twitter exploded when The Wall Street Journal posted an article written by Meghan Cox Gurdon (and no, I’m not going to link it) about the so-called “darkness” of the subject matter in today’s YA being too poisonous for teens, as well as a none-too-subtle jab at the publishing industry for pushing these sorts of books in the market for implied titillation and exploitation. And so it goes again. Perhaps it’s because […]

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Sex Ed

You Will Get Chlamydia…and DIE

There must be something in the air (or perhaps the books we read and the media we consume) that is making many writers blog about the subject of sex in fiction (and specifically YA). Kody Keplinger (who wrote the wonderfully sex-positive THE DUFF) blogged about it (twice!) at YA Highway, Marie Lu asked why sex is considered “more shameful” than violence, and Karen Healey writes the most awesome kickass post about obligation, both teenage and […]

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What I’m In the Mood For

You know how when your body is deficient in certain nutrients, it will start craving foods rich with said nutrients? There must be a serious lack of literary contemporary YA in my reading diet, because lately, that’s all I’ve been craving. Today my colleagues and I were discussing the vague sense of ennui that had fallen over us when it came to reading, submissions and published works alike. It isn’t that the works we’re getting […]

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Cagney and Lacey

More Gay Girls, Please

On Twitter, I eavesdropped a little on a conversation between Barry Goldblatt and Malinda Lo about gay boys vs. gay girls in fiction (and specifically teen fiction). This, of course, got me thinking. LGBTQ characters are far from common, although thankfully they seem to be growing in visibility, although I feel (and this may not be true), that there is a bias towards gay boys, rather than gay girls. In YA, at least, I see […]

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Things I Have Learned From YA Trivia Night

Things I have learned from YA Trivia Night: I am really good with middle grade books published before 1997. If it’s fantasy, I’m all over it. I have appalling gaps in my children’s fiction knowledge including, but not limited to: Picture books. No really, my knowledge of picture books (past and present) is abysmal. Contemporary YA. If it doesn’t have magic, I probably won’t read it. Contemporary anything really. Scholastic’s offices are really shiny! Alas, […]

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The Real In-Betweener

I’ve been pondering about YA these days, mostly because I’m at the point where I just can’t read another one. Why? I’m not sure. I have been nothing but staunch in my support of children’s fiction, but lately it’s been like pulling teeth to get me to crack one open. Like anything that’s popular, oversaturation in the market can lead to a diluting of genre, but I don’t think that’s it. I never read YA […]

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