There was a time when I sort of drifted away from reading young adult books. I felt like after all the YA I’d read over the years, the genre had became boring and predictable. Surely the books I’d read up until this point had covered every single topic worth writing about?
Turns out, I was wrong!
After a brief break from YA, I fell into the genre once again and I was really surprised. Yes, after reading book upon book, the stories will bleed together and it will all seem monotonous. But it certainly doesn’t mean that you cannot learn anything new from them. Because let me tell you, I’ve learned so much after falling in love with the genre again.
This is why I love reading YA books as an adult (yikes! It still feels scary referring to me as an ‘adult’):
IT TURNS BACK TIME
I’m sure I’m not the only one who was pretty happy to wave my teen years goodbye a few years back. The thought of leaving those confusing and frustrating times behind, filled me with a new sense of hope for the future. But sometimes it’s good to take a walk down memory lane and reminisce about those days. It makes me appreciate how far I’ve come, and inspires me to work harder toward the goals I’ve set for myself. After reading a good YA book I feel confident that I can overcome any obstacles lying in my path, because I’ve already crossed so many barriers in my short lifetime. These stories make me look back on a time where I thought life couldn’t possibly get any worse. This is usually the moment where I sit back and laugh at the irony of it all.
YA is just a lovely way to walk in your old shoes once again and be grateful that those days are behind you.
GAIN INSIGHT INTO THE LIVES OF YOUNG ADULTS TODAY
Times are changing. And there are few things that can really bring that harsh reality crashing down on you than looking at teenagers today. Every generation can talk about how the next one has changed, but I think the youth of today are really feeling the heat of modern times.
YA helps me learn about the issues teens face in these times. It gives me insight into the lives of youngsters and how it has changed since I was that age. I also find that it gives me the opportunity to build an understanding and empathise with youngsters of today, so that I don’t do more damage by being negative. Times are constantly changing; it’s important to know how to deal with it.
BUILD A BETTER UNDERSTANDING
I already spoke of this in my previous point but I feel like it’s really important to take note of this. In order to overcome any situation, one needs to be able to understand the root of the problem. Reading YA gives such a real take on what’s happening in the lives of youngsters today so it becomes easier to understand what is going on. By building my own understanding on the matter I learn how to be more thoughtful and considerate to young adults around me. This way I can provide the much needed positivity and support often needed during these times.
TO BE AN ALL ROUNDED READER
Personally, I feel it’s important to read books from all kinds of genres because it gives so much insight into the different aspects of the world. Reading YA is no different. This genre is a lovely way to become familiar with issues that the youth of today face. The YA genre covers a wide range of topics such as: mental health issues, social issues, physical health issues, relationship dynamics, abuse, addiction, bullying and so much more. These topics are just as important as history and science, or learning about the life of a politician.
Of course, I understand that everyone has their own preference for a genre, but if you are not reading YA because you think it doesn’t touch on anything important or meaningful then you are very much mistaken.
IT PROVIDES ENTERTAINMENT
In the case where a Young Adult book is a bit on the fluffier side, it provides some wonderful entertainment too. It makes you laugh, it makes you cry and to me it is the perfect escape from the dark and the ugly that we see all over the world these days.
Do you read YA? And if you don’t, are there any specific reasons for this?