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Subject: Age limit to reading YA?
Date Posted: 9/25/2008 11:28 PM ET
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I'm and I still read YA books. I go to the library or I'm looking online and sometimes I'll find a YA book that I think looks good and so I'll read it. However, sometimes I'll fell silly, like i'm to old to be reading a book whos main character is 13 and there is no violence or mentionings of sex, or even curse words.

So is there an age limit to reading YA books? Or dos it not matter as long as someone is reading something they enjoy?

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Subject: You are fine....
Date Posted: 9/25/2008 11:32 PM ET
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While the intended audience for these books is young adult, the author is most likely older than you.  For this person to have any ability t o write effectively, he or she is most likely also reading young adult literature. Having chosen this genre, the author is most likely also somewhat passionate about this these books as well.  Hence, you are not alone. 

Date Posted: 9/26/2008 6:38 AM ET
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Well, I can read picture books intended for small children and still enjoy them, so why should I be excluded from the YA genre?  The term YA just gives a guideline as to whom might be interested in the book -- it's definitely not a rule! 

Date Posted: 9/26/2008 12:04 PM ET
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I'm 25 and 90% of what I read is YA lit. I'll be starting a graduate program in January to get my MLIS to be a teen librarian.

Date Posted: 9/26/2008 1:04 PM ET
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I'm 28 and I read a lot of YA still.

Date Posted: 9/26/2008 1:56 PM ET
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I'm 19 too, and all I practically read are YA books

I think it doesnt matter what age the books are said to be for, as long as you enjoy reading them there is nothing wrong with it.


Date Posted: 9/27/2008 9:34 AM ET
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 I read YA all of the time. Descriptions of sex in books makes me cringe sometimes - a lot of it is too raunchy.

I think that if you take the sex violence and swearing out of a lot of books then someone has to actually write a story GASP!!  I prefer YA Fantasy but will read just about all of it.

Plus if I want to share a book with my kids so we can talk about it I can without worrying about what they are reading.

One of the best books I have read in a while was A Wrinkle in Time and it's a childrens book. I loved it because it is a great story.

Don't worry about it - read whatever you like - if anyone says anything about it - stand your ground and be yourself!

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Date Posted: 9/27/2008 10:56 AM ET
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I'm 40 and I read YA whenever I find one that interests me. A good story is a good story regardless of the length of the book or the age of the characters :-)

I started reading more YA recently so I could discuss some books with my 12 year old daughter.

Date Posted: 9/27/2008 11:00 AM ET
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I'm 24 & read YA. Just because they're "Young Adult" books doesn't mean anyone can't read them.

Date Posted: 9/29/2008 4:48 AM ET
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I'm 40. YAs are only one of the things I read, but, really, there is nothing better than a really great YA. Just so you read- read what pleases you.
Date Posted: 9/29/2008 9:45 AM ET
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Wow! glad to see that I'm not alone! I'm 39 and really enjoy YA! There's so much that's been published since I was a YA that I feel like I'm missing out! I, too, read to find things that my teens will enjoy. They have begun to "trust my insticts" finally! We are currently working through "percy jackson and the olymipans". I'm on book four and my 12 year old daughter is still on book one. I read the "sisters grimm series" and my 14 year old has finished book four of that series. They STILL haven't gotten into Haddix's "Hidden Children" series but I hope they will! All three of those series are ones I read this past year.

I read the Uglies, Pretties, Specials, and Extras this summer.

What YA books do you enjoy?

Date Posted: 9/29/2008 10:40 PM ET
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42 here and still read a lot of YA books.  I believe you shouldn't be limited to what you read just because of your age!

Date Posted: 10/2/2008 12:04 AM ET
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I'm 32 and I still enjoy reading Sweet Valley High and Sweet Valley University, so I don't think there really is one! :)

Date Posted: 10/2/2008 1:01 PM ET
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There are definitely YA books that I think can be enjoyed by all ages.  Look at Harry Potter for example.  I think a YA book that can appeal to all ages is a mark of a really good YA book.

I'm an old fart in my forties and I still like YA books once in a while.  I too like a story that can stand on its own without sex/smut.  It's a sad statement about our society that it is getting harder to find smut-free books outside of YA genres nowadays.  I also like to read what my kids read so I can enjoy it with them as well as know more about what books interest them.



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Date Posted: 10/2/2008 8:32 PM ET
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I'm 22 and I still read YA :)  I have quite a TBR pile filled with them, mostly Paranormal, but eh, there's some other stuff in there alss o :)  I like to read anything, as long as it can catch my attention :)

Date Posted: 10/10/2008 2:18 PM ET
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I'm 48 (how did I get this old?). I'll read YA also. A good story is a good story. Well done YA books can be enjoyed by old as well as young.


Date Posted: 10/13/2008 3:52 PM ET
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The only reason I care how the book is "categorized" is so that I can find what I'm looking for! lol  I'm 32 and read anything that interests me, regardless of category.  I have a 13yo daughter, so sharing YA books is a lot of fun for us.  I'm actually introducing her to some "adult" literature now.  Like many of you, it's the sex that's an issure for us.  I don't mind it for me - but definitely not for her.  That being said, she doesn't read Clique, Gossip Girl, or any of those series- a little too mushy for her tastes.  She loves forensics, so I'm going to start her on Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta series.  Speaking of good YA - she just read The Summoning by  Kelly Armstrong (it's a new YA) and she says it's fantastic.  The book was recommended to her by one of MY friends, another adult addicted to YA!~ lol  So read away ladies!  And ENJOY it!

Have a great day!


Date Posted: 10/13/2008 9:06 PM ET
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My grandmother is 53, my mom is 38, I'm 20 and my sister is 17 and we all read YA and enjoy it. They give us books that we can talk to eachother about without feeling ackward with talking about sex and such with our mother/grandmother. I was the first one to read them I started with the Twilight Series and got practically every woman in my family hooked on YA.

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Date Posted: 10/29/2008 10:12 AM ET
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I'm 54 and find that some of the books marked as YA are just as interesting to me as the Adult books that I read.   I have found that when I am looking for graphic novels or scifi/fantasy that the best ones are the ones written for the YA age group.  I guess it is just a matter of what you like to read.  I read alot of mysteries and have found that even some of those are very good even though they are supposedly for the YA group.

Subject: Personal tastes
Date Posted: 11/2/2008 3:40 AM ET
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I read quite a bit of YA. I read works geared towards the older end of the scale. In the YA, I read very complex, dark and mature themes are explored.

We read what we like. I find that YA and children writers are especially talented writers. Kids are quite critical. If something doesn't interest them, they ditch quickly. May I ask who are some of your favorite authors?


Date Posted: 11/18/2008 7:03 PM ET
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My boss was not going to read the Twilight books because they were young adult, but her niece & sister convinced her to read them. She loved them. She couldn't put them down. Now she is looking forward to the movie.


Date Posted: 11/20/2008 10:24 AM ET
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I'm 31 and have just started reading last march. (wasn't much of a reader growing up)  a friend introduced me to a YA series and since I have read many books.  some YA some not.  the stores are good who care if they are Ya or not. :)

Date Posted: 11/20/2008 10:24 AM ET
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I'm 31 and have just started reading last march. (wasn't much of a reader growing up)  a friend introduced me to a YA series and since I have read many books.  some YA some not.  the stores are good who care if they are Ya or not. :)

Date Posted: 2/13/2009 12:38 AM ET
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I Sometimes think that YA books are the best kind of books!

I still read them and can't wait for more of them from my favorite authors.



Date Posted: 2/16/2009 6:18 PM ET
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I'm 38 and just got donw reading all 4 of the Twilight books in a week.  I have read all the Harry Potter books also.  I know one of my co-workers, who is over 50, also like to read the YA books, so I'd have to say, no, there is no age limit.  I still like to read Goosebumps, even, once in a while