So I’m 18 and a half and while this has sparked tons of terrifying thoughts about the future and responsibilities, it also has made me realize that the majority of the books I read aren’t marketed towards me and aren’t about people my age which is frankly kind of weird. I never thought that I’d be in a position where I look at characters who are in their junior year and think to myself “wow they’re so young”. I always thought that I’d relate to their stories but high school isn’t my reality anymore so when I read about people going to prom or graduating, it’s disconcerting for me to compare it to my own experiences. These moments always seemed so far away to me but I’ve lived them and they’re over and that’s so weird. I think it’s especially bizarre for me because I live in Quebec and though in any other province or state, I’d be getting ready for University in Quebec instead we have a two year program that’s called Cegep. So I’ve been living on my own for a year now and sometimes I wish that we didn’t live in such an American Centric society because I would have loved to read a YA book about CEGEP so I could feel a little bit better about my situation. Who knows? Maybe I’ll write one one day. Anyway all this to say I thought that I’d write a discussion on my thoughts of no longer being able to relate as much to the YA books I love so.
I’m never going to stop loving YA books. I mean sure I read adult books and I love a lot of them but I find that there’s just so much more books that I enjoy that are in the YA demographic. YA books are amazing cause they portray so many different experiences that I’ve never seen being portrayed in adult books. Plus there’s nothing quite like the cure of a good contemporary YA novel to get me out of a reading slump. Young adult books will always be the books I reach for and I can’t wait to see how they evolve as the years go on. I also know that there’s going to come a time where I’m going to look at these characters and their decisions and maybe I won’t be as empathetic as I used to be. I just hope that when that day comes, I will realize that that’s because I’m no longer a teen and I won’t judge them for being young. It has already started to occur and I’m trying to be as introspective as possible. I also hope that if I continue to write reviews on this blog that my reviews will not be jaded.
This is not as applicable to me because I really don’t interact that much with the people in the bookish community but it’s also really important for adults to respect teens boundaries. This is first and foremost their space and for adults to butt in is and act as if they’re far superior is really annoying and immature. An Adult can enjoy Young Adult books while respecting the actual teens who read YA.
What Are Your Thoughts? How Do You Feel About No Longer Being The Intended Audience Of Books You Love?