Last week, New York magazine came out with a feature article, complete with infographics and interviews with prominent YA authors, about the rise of adults reading YA literature. Later in the week, Jezebel picked up a similar story that Vulture released, putting their own spin on it.
She writes, “There’s a kind of forward momentum, too, enabled by reading about characters for whom lives are still blank slates ready to be filled, compared to our own. We can measure ourselves against their choices and see how we succeeded; we can feel wiser than they are, knowing that what we did then turned out okay; we can also see for ourselves where there might still be room to improve. As dire as the situations may be—the worlds of these characters contain creatures bent on destroying them, untrustworthy adults, grave injustices, unrequited or deeply problematic love, abuse, bullying, suicide, murder, paralyzing self-doubt—there is the sense that things have the potential to get better.”