Grand County Libraries: Young adult novels that adults love
April 9, 2009
What is Young Adult, or YA Fiction? Young Adult Fiction is defined as fiction written, published and marketed toward adolescents between the ages of 12 and 18. However, many library patrons over the age of 18 have discovered these fun and entertaining novels. At the Grand County Library District, the young-adult books listed below are not only favorites of the county’s teens, but also have loyal following of adult readers:
“Twilight” by Stephanie Meyer – Anyone who has teenage girls or knows a teen girl has heard about “Twilight.” This book is the first in a series full of vampires, werewolves and teen angst. Although many say that the movie, released last fall, was better than the book, this series may still draw you in. This is one of those novels that is sure start a discussion between people who have read at least one Meyer’s books.
“The Graveyard Book” by Neil Gaiman and Dave Mckean – Gaiman is better known by adult readers as the author of “Anansi Boys” and “American Gods.” This Young Adult novel is loosely based on Kipling’s “Jungle Books.” After his family’s murder, young Bod (short for Nobody) is taken in and raised by the deceased residents of a graveyard. The authors’ ability to make what could have been a dark scary book into a witty and enlightening read is why Gaiman has numerous fans both young and old.
“The Luxe” by Anna Godbersen – Grand mansions, beautiful people, fancy parties, love, jealousy and scandals. This may sound like an episode of Gossip Girl, but it is actually the first in Godbersen’s trilogy set in New York’s high society during the last part of the 19th century. The plot may be a bit predictable, but the lavishness of the setting more than makes up for it. Dishy fun.
“Eragon” by Christopher Paolini – This book became a classic immediately upon release. Paolini started writing this book when he was had just graduated from high school. In the world of Aagaesia, 15-year-old Eragon discovers that he is a Dragon Rider and along with his loyal dragon Saphira he embarks on a quest of good versus evil. Influenced by Tolkien with a smattering of Star Wars, Eragon is an engrossing fantasy for all ages.
“Uglies” by Scott Westerfeld – In Tally’s world, your 16th birthday brings an operation that turns you pretty. But is the benefit worth the emotional and moral sacrifice? A novel of self-discovery and friendship set in a futuristic world with current day questions.
“Peter and the Starcatchers” by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson – Have you ever wondered how Peter Pan became Peter Pan? Columnist Barry and novelist Pearson teamed up to create a prequel. While many of the “Peter” facts may differ from J.M. Barrie’s original story, this novel is a delight. Barry’s humor keeps the dialogue interesting and the fast-paced pirate action will keep you turning the pages to find out what happens next.
“The Princess Diaries” by Meg Cabot – What girl has not dreamed of finding out that she is actually a princess? In this series, written as journal entries, Mia experiences the ups and downs of becoming a royal. When you read this book you can’t help but imagine Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews when they starred in the Disney movie. There are ten books in this series, and they are fun and easy to read.
These books and more can be found @your library.