Howdy There, Bibliophiles!
As part of Scholastic's teen community annual I Read YA, Scholastic is encouraging book lovers to share in fun challenges that spotlight how awesome YA is as a genre, a genre that is honestly pigeon holed by the age of the protagonist instead of the content of the story inside. So, I am going to participate in a few of these to get my toes back into the waters of the wonderful world of YA once more. I'd love for y'all to join in and tell me What Does YA Stand For... for you?!?
For myself, YA stands for a genre that caused me some of the best adventures in sci-fi, mystery and romance during my teenage years. I didn't stop reading YA when I entered my 20s, but my memories are vivid of when I identified with the characters that were placed in extraordinary situations. Whether the engrossing and wonderfully sarcastic heroines of some of Meg Cabot's early works when she wrote as Jenny Carroll - The Mediator series and 1-800-Where-R-U series specifically - or the lush, soapy, saucy historical series The Luxe by Anna Goldbersen, there were always fun characters to attach yourself to in order to immerse yourself in a world of intrigue and suspense. It helped to further nurture the hypnotic world of imagination that needed a new placed to go after all those years of playing with toys.
So many genres and literary styles are encompassed in the two letters "YA." And it holds a mass majority of my library in its clutches. How about you?