YA Lit -- Not Just for Kids Anymore


"Sex, drugs, and other "problems of the month" persist as subjects of Young Adult books, but, according to booksellers who recently spoke to BTW, the YA field is growing more fantasy, getting more fuzzy about labeling, and appealing to more adults."

"It's gotten edgier," said Valerie Lewis, co-owner of 24-year-old Hicklebee's in San Jose, California. "The line between adults and young adults is thinner than ever."

"Instead of hinting at sexual situations, books are more explicit and detailed, she noted. YA stories used to refer to kissing until dawn. What was implied is now more explicit in detailing what went on until dawn." (from Bookselling this Week)

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