Special Topics Paper – YA Contemporary Romance: Not Just About Teenagers Falling in Love

Library Student Ashley from What’s She Reading? offers this great post on YA contemporary romance adapted from a paper she wrote. Great authors mentioned here, and the post talks about why it’s OK to read YA as an adult.

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We had to write a paper in my Adult Reader’s Advisory class about some component of RA. I chose to focus my paper on why adults should be more open to reading YA literature. Apologies for anything that doesn’t flow quite right, I had to condense the paper for my blog.


Young Adult (YA) literature is one of those genres that many people believe is unimportant once you’re out of high school. As an adult continuing to read YA books, I’ve heard all of the arguments. “Oh…you still read those? Aren’t you too old for that?” “Why would you want to read about high school if you’re not in high school?” and the ever popular “You should start reading some real books”. Critics of the genre fail to understand the appeal and make a blank statement that all YA books are decidedly lowbrow and not capable of being “true literature”. Young…

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2 thoughts on “Special Topics Paper – YA Contemporary Romance: Not Just About Teenagers Falling in Love

  1. Even teenager’s who are graduated out of high school still keeps on reading the YA books and literature for the enjoyment or educated purpose, if they had to.

    • They do, but some view YA books as solely for teens. Rarely are YA books taught in school though, unless they are considered “classics”, or it’s a specific YA lit class. It’s a shame, because there are some that are truly great, and if they were used in school instead of some of those so called classics, teens would better relate to them and actually want to read them. Unfortunately, YA literature and even children’s lit is seen in some circles as being not as well written and not good enough. But Librarians don’t see it that way.Books are books and are meant to be read.

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