Who says Young Adult (YA) novels are just for teens? According to Publisher's Weekly, adults comprise over half of YA's readership. Adults read YA books for a variety of reasons. Some like the style and humor that can be found, some enjoy the innocence of the characters, some love the fantastic settings, while others are drawn to the diversity of the stories.
Here are three YA books for adults to enjoy. Read these, and you, too, will understand why YA is for everyone.
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits-smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you'll remember your own first love-and just how hard it pulled you under.
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Oct. 11th, 1943-A British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. Its pilot and passenger are best friends. One of the girls has a chance at survival. The other has lost the game before it's barely begun. Code Name Verity is a visceral read of danger, resolve, and survival that shows just how far true friends will go to save each other.
One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
Five students go to detention. Only four leave alive. Yale hopeful Bronwyn has never publicly broken a rule. Sports star Cooper only knows what he's doing in the baseball diamond. Bad boy Nate is one misstep away from a life of crime. Prom queen Addy is holding together the cracks in her perfect life. And outsider Simon, creator of the notorious gossip app at Bayview High, won't ever talk about any of them again. He dies 24 hours before he could post their deepest secrets online. Investigators conclude it's no accident. All of them are suspects. Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you'll go to protect them.