Podcast: Should adults really be embarrassed to read YA novels?

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Jessica Thunstrom Nelson
Jessica Thunstrom Nelson

All that is required for a book to be classified as YA, is for the main characters to be teens. This is the only way publishers decide if a book is or is not YA. It has nothing to do with reading level. Anyone who believes otherwise is showing their own ignorance. Perhaps they should read more.

Ashley Howie-Petroske
Ashley Howie-Petroske

As a book lover, I'm happy when anyone chooses a book over a Netflix binge. Whether it's comic books, YA, Stephen King or more high-brow options, reading is important and we should encourage it at all ages.

Tina Hinrichs
Tina Hinrichs

Nope. I'm not. I read a lot of YA books with my 13 year old daughter. (She reads it then I read it or vice versa) This book included.

Mark Booth
Mark Booth

Yes because they are not very advanced. Being polite here.

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