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Young adult fiction (aimed at 12 to 18 year olds) is quite popular not only with teenagers but many adults too. Do you read young adult books?

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Yup, most definitely. There are many young adult books, like the Harry Potter books, that are better written than most bestselling adult books. My tastes vary, so I tend to jump from genre to genre and age bracket to bracket depending on my mood.
No too old for it now.
I'm wondering? what it is like....you have me thinking now.
Yes, sometimes it's what I'm in the mood for. The main thing young adult books seem to have in common seems to be the age of the protagonists. They aren't necessarily lighter in tone and can cover plenty of serious issues. I enjoyed The Hunger Games series- no "enjoy" probably isn't the word, except for the first book I found them pretty miserable, though well written. I also liked the Harry Potter series, Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials books and I read a fair bit of young adult sci fi.
Yes, I've read quite a lot of young adult fiction; partly for when I was studying, partly for research, and partly just because I like it. I think putting an age boundary on a book is restrictive.
Yes, I've read quite a lot of young adult fiction; partly for when I was studying, partly for research, and partly just because I like it. I think putting an age boundary on a book is restrictive.
Yes, I love to read teen fiction! There are so many amazing stories aimed at teenagers, and they cover a broad range of issues- not all of them feature supernatural themes or 'childish' content. I agree with dgrwriting about the quality of many of the writers. I, too, have found that some of the books for teens are better written than those for adults. I also agree with Bryony that putting age boundaries on books can be restrictive, although sometimes they are necessary, especially when differentiating between older (16+) and younger teens. Just think of graphic sex scenes and books with a strong imagery of violence- some younger kids may not have the capacity or the maturity to deal with the content of some of the 'older teen' books that are around, and these age brackets are made for them. It's up to adults to decide whether they want to delve into the 'teen' field of books, or stick with 'adult' books. I know I'm happy to read either!

Not really, though I did read quite a lot of them for my course at uni, 'Low Red Moon' was particularly painful, but I did like 'Briar Rose' and 'Stardust'.
by Vee
I didn't realise Stardust was for young adults. The Neil Gaiman one?
Yes, that's the one Jennifer. I'm sure it is, we read it as part of a Children's Literature unit at uni.
by Vee
Not really those series but I love M.T. Anderson's Feed, and I read When Hitler Stole Pink Bunny and those sort of ones - I guess where the subject matter is something I'm interested in, rather than a plot, if you get what I mean.
Yes, they are good for the occasional light / quick read when I am in between heavy books or series. Artemis Fowl, Harry Potter, Catherine Jinks's Evil Genisus books, the Cassandra Clare series, John Marsden and so on. Sometimes I just read them so I can discuss the books with my children after they listen to the audiobook versions.
I absolutely do! I find that they're easy to read and the stories are often really engaging. I'm not a fan of age limits on books, I think you read whatever you enjoy. There are many children's books that I still enjoy reading which I'm pretty sure aren't designed for 30 year olds but are still an absolutely beautiful read.

Absolutely...YES!... It keeps the 'inner child' nurtured... and creates a connection between you and that generation!... Nothing wrong with that. I also find that the nostalgia of reading a children's book... brings me to a place of comfort and joy - which is so very absent from adult life! Very good for the psyche!.... <3
AND .... I am 61yrs old!
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