Thursday, December 16, 2010


...I was walking through a Barnes and Noble.
I saw this book:
I'd seen it before, and once on another occasion I'd even picked it up. But two years ago today,
I bought it. I brought it home. I read it.
And I kid you not, my reading experience has never been the same. And I finally realized the audience that I primarily wanted to write for: young teens (older ones too, but targeting the younger ones).
So thanks, PJ, for opening up the door to Young Adult fiction.
It's been a fun and crazy ride. And it's not over yet.

Most of us read YA, if not almost exclusively. What was that one book/series that really got you into the YA genre?

6 shout-outs!:

Jessica said...

I still need to read Percy jackson. Ive got The Lightning Thief on my shelf at home. Its been sitting, untouched for the past 10 months.

I would say Harry Potter really got me into the YA genre. Its incredible, and covers almost every genre. I love it.

Stephanie said...

Percy Jackson means a lot to me, too. I read that series right around the time I rediscovered YA books (I wrote about in a review of The Lost Hero on my blog). Another series I read around that time was the Spiderwick Chronicles--I had more fun reading that than I'd had reading anything since I was a kid, and it really made me see what I was missing from the books I was reading as an adult.

Katherine Langrish said...

I still haven't read Percy Jackson! But I never gave up reading kids and YA fiction, so the process been a continuum for me. Interesting to hear what Stephanie says about seeing 'what was missing' from the adult books she was reading - for me it's colour, joy, a strength and certainty.

StefanieEmmy said...

I've read the first HP when I was 10 or 11, so I think that one doesn't count for your question. Because after I turned 14 I almost only read books written for adults like Jodi Picoult, Tess Gerritsen and Kathy Reichs. I rediscoverd YA when I was 18 starting with The Hunger Games and Graceling (I dont't know if Graceling really is YA or only Fantasy - can't decide on that ^^)

I still have to read PJ btw xD

Anonymous said...

Hmm I'd have to say Twilight. I live in Portugal and before those books came out there was no market for them, I had no idea there was a genre called YA! So, when the film came out, I read the books and then joined Goodreads and found out there are books for teens (YAY!!) and this is the story

Tristan said...

I love love love this book! One of my absolute favorites of all time! I love finding others who also enjoy it! Glad to hear that it helped find out who you wanted to write for!

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