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YA Is Not Just For Teens

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  • Cassidy stands in the YA section at Queen's Square

Cassidy, Queen's Square | September 6, 2019

For many, Young Adult fiction represents something better than adulthood. It’s not only relatable to teenagers navigating the tumultuous in-between world of youth, but also to those living in that space between childhood and perceived adulthood, regardless of age.

Young Adult fiction taps into honest raw emotion, the legitimate relatable struggles of life, and the hope that something better is coming, even if it's only a sliver of light on the horizon. There is a reason many young adult series over the years have captured the attention of the world, not only those in a certain age bracket. There is a desire in so many of us for something real, something different, and a validation of the complex emotions we tend to speak so little about in adulthood. There is no magic switch that flips when you turn eighteen or nineteen that says that you are now an adult, and therefore cannot find escape and encouragement in the YA section of the library. That’s not the way life works, and it’s not the way reading works.

YA novels continually help people of all ages navigate adulthood: challenging, encouraging, inspiring, and providing us with a safe place to come when we need a moment to recover from the stresses of reality. YA books are for young adults, both in age and those young at heart.

Check out these programs happening this fall for all things YA:

Adventures in Young Adulting: A YA Authors Panel*
Saturday, Sept. 14: 2:00 – 4:00pm, QS
An afternoon with F.M. Boughan, E.K. Johnston, and Nicki Pau Preto. Q&A and booking signing to follow.

Going Back to Hogwarts: A Harry Potter Book Club for Adults
Mondays: Sept. 16, Oct. 21, and Nov. 18
7:00 – 8:00pm, QS
Whether you’re an alumni or missed your letter the first time around, come out to this adult-only book club to discuss all things Potter.

YA is Not Just for Teens Book Club
Tuesdays: Sept. 24, Oct. 22, and Nov. 19
7:00 – 8:00pm, OPO
Join fellow YA readers as we explore the wonderful world of YA books with different themes each month.