Personally I usually don’t really like YA (young adult), but I know a lot of adults do, why?
Now generally a book is considered YA if the main characters are adolescents, so in the book they are doing things that adolescents do. So, why do adults like reading about what kids are doing? Is it a nostalgia thing? Is it an escape from “adulting?”
The language in YA is usually very simple, so they are generally pretty easy reads. If you are reading for enjoyment you likely don’t want to slog through difficult text so it’s understandable to want something simple. Simple language also often makes things a quicker read which I guess could be another appeal. Adult books can be pretty easy reads too though so that can’t be the only reason some people choose YA?
Now there are some YA books that I love, though most of those I read when they were traditionally “age appropriate” for me. In fact I am scared to re-read the ones I love in case now that I am an adult I realise that they actually suck. The Lovely Bones is an example of a book in that category for me.
I think I have two main issues with YA, not all YA books have these issues but a lot do. Firstly, I like to read about things that could actually happen, so I am generally not a massive fan of fantasy etc. There are exceptions but it’s certainly not my go-to kind of story and so many YA books are fantasy etc. Secondly the “love” in YA just annoys me enormously. Why do all these kids claim to be “in love” with every kid they ever date? We certainly didn’t do that at school! Is this an American thing? A lot of these books do seem to be by American authors. Anyway, it really bugs me and usually a huge chunk of the story is focused on this kind of nonsense.
Now for a slightly controversial question… Is love or hatred of YA related to level of education? Now you could argue that those that have been through intense education/have highly intellectual jobs need more of an escape and would be more likely to read YA, but that isn’t my experience.
So, why do you all like YA so much? I really don’t get it! Or, if like me you don’t really like YA, what is it specifically that you don’t like?