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Subject: Graceling
Date Posted: 11/12/2009 3:47 PM ET
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Was anybody else bothered by the innapropriate romantic content in this book?

Date Posted: 11/12/2009 3:57 PM ET
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What do you mean by "inappropriate romantic content?"

Date Posted: 11/12/2009 4:04 PM ET
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Well, when I pick up a YA novel, my hope is that I won't have to worry about sex scenes. Maybe I'm just not up to date?

Date Posted: 11/12/2009 4:07 PM ET
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Oh, I see. YA is not a sex-free genre. That's not to say that all YA books have sex. But some do, and I can't say that it's something that bothers me.

Date Posted: 11/12/2009 4:10 PM ET
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Yeah, that's what I was kind of trying to get a feel for. Thanks.

By-the-way-but-not-really, I love your I CN Rite thing. :-)

Date Posted: 11/12/2009 4:15 PM ET
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YA is a tricky thing to define, too. Some YA is marketed towards older teens (let's say 16 and up) and then there are the books for younger teens and tweens, but are not quite middle grade novels so aren't shelved with the children's books. The younger YA normally doesn't have sex.

Date Posted: 11/12/2009 4:36 PM ET
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I haven't read it, but I don't mind sex in YA books. Not all teens are virgins, as much as some people would like to believe it.

Date Posted: 11/12/2009 5:53 PM ET
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All too true, Colleen R.--but it makes a difference how the author portrays it.

Date Posted: 11/12/2009 6:06 PM ET
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I believe that Kristin Cashore did not intend to write Graceling for the YA audience, but that's what her publisher chose to market it as.

YA does not mean sex-free in general. 

Date Posted: 11/12/2009 6:11 PM ET
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(Looking for what I said above, I saw that Kristin Cashore will be at my favorite bookstore in a few weeks!  Not sure if I'd be able to get there in time from work, though...)

I also just checked Fire out from the library today, and I'm looking forward to reading it.

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Date Posted: 11/12/2009 8:01 PM ET
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I just received this in the mail today.  I won't be able to read it right away since I have several swap books I must read first.

Date Posted: 11/13/2009 10:35 PM ET
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I also have Graceling (& Fire) tbr.  I may have to offer it in a swap so I can read it!!  OT, aren't the covers beautiful?

Date Posted: 11/24/2009 8:12 AM ET
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Leslie, yes INDEED! I do like the cover art a lot. It caught my eye for a long time before I decided to pick it up.