Some adults are proud readers of young adult novels; some keep their YA reading habits firmly to themselves, as if they were pilfering extra packets of ketchup from a fast food joint. However open you are about it, we know there are a lot of adult readers of YA books. For those just dipping your toes into the YA waters, the books on this week’s list are YA novels that resolutely tackle adult themes: murder, suicide, poverty, depression. If you’re curious about why young adult novels have taken off so wildly, these books will show you why.
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"Cameron's power is his ability to distill a particular world and social experience with great specificity while still allowing the reader to access the deep well of our shared humanity. (Fiction. YA)"
Cameron's meticulously voiced novel begins as a comedy of manners, wittily disarticulating a certain class of New Yorker, so it takes the reader awhile to catch onto the fact that it's actually a story about the psychological pain that comes from loneliness and the difficulty in making emotional connections. Read full book review >