Untraditional Y and A Books

When I started writing, I thought I could write for Young Adults but I found that my writing was turning more and more to the adult readers.  Although I have a teenage daughter, I felt I was far removed from the experiences I went through as a teen.  Trying to capture my youth through my past was hard to put into a story and difficult to bring that message across to other teens.


A young writer, such as Hannah Moskowitz, brings writing for the youth into far more than just the traditional young adult story.  She believes that the age category thinks more like adults than we realize.  Producing books such as Break and Invincible Summer, she tells readers that young adults take life more seriously than the usual teen romances.

When you think of books for young adults, you think of teen romances and the drama that goes on between relationships and parents.  You don’t think that teens have any real problems because they haven’t reached adulthood.  What we don’t realize is that teens go through a lot of problems we don’t easily see and can’t help with.  Bullying is on the rise, body image and confidence is still an issue and teen suicide is still prominent.  Y and A books speak more of just the summer romance and delve deeper into the working mind of a troubled teen.

Young Adult books don’t have to have a happy ending and they don’t have to have a clean plot.  The more real the book is the messier and more interesting it is.  Suffice it to say that not all teen books are full of sunshine any more.  The reality is that life is not as easy as it used to be and neither should the books be written that way.

Jenn Andrew
Freelance Writer and Book Reviewer


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