Librarians think you’re never too old for young adult books, and millions of readers agree. By some estimates, nearly 70 percent of teen titles are purchased by readers older than 18.
That’s why we’re starting Forever Young Adult at the Hudson Area Public Library. This new book club is for adult readers who love teen novels. We’ll meet the first Wednesday of the month from September through October. (January is the exception. We’ll meet the second Wednesday.) The club starts at 7 p.m. and includes refreshments.
In the past, the occasional teen novel would catch the eyes of adult readers. J. D. Salinger’s “The Catcher in the Rye,” for example, is widely believed to have helped create the young adult genre. The series that hooked millions of adults on YA, however, is Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling. Her blockbuster series is a blend of middle grade and young adult.
Since then, adults have flocked to the YA sections in bookstores and libraries. The reasons are varied–teen titles are shorter, which makes them attractive options for busy adults. They also cost less, and the plot-driven storytelling creates real page-turners. Publishing houses produce many high-concept stories, such as “Divergent” and “Hunger Games,” that become blockbuster movies. Those hit movies drive book sales.
Many teen novels are beautifully written, and they supersede their genre and win critical acclaim. Titles like “The Book Thief,” “The Giver” and “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime” have landed on critics’ must-read lists.
Please join us for Forever Young Adult. We’ll have multiple copies of the books available for check out. Here’s the schedule:
Sept. 5: “The Raven Boys” by Maggie Stiefvater
Oct. 3: “The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian” by Sherman Alexie
Nov. 7: “We Were Liars” by E. Lockhart
Dec. 5: “Fangirl” by Rainbow Rowell
Jan. 9: “When Dimple Met Rishi” by Sandhya Menon
Feb. 6: “The Truth About Alice” by Jennifer Mathieu
March 6: “Dumplin'” by Julie Murphy
April 3: “I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter” by Erika Sanchez
May 1: “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas