I’ve always been more of a Historical Fiction girl myself, but a few years ago I began picking up the YA novels and fingering them more than the Adult Fiction. Why you ask? It’s simple, I was tired of buying a book only throw it away or return it to the library unfinished. The explicit sexual content, language, and lewdness had me throwing my hands up in defeat.
I figured the books written for our lovely young folks would have to be cleaner right? For awhile I seemed to have a bit of success, but alas, I once again found myself beginning to be disappointed. I discovered myself labeling my disappointment in the content for a book branded YA repeatedly in my reviews.
Now before I have angry readers bellowing that I’m judging too harshly or ignorantly spewing my misinformed opinions let me say this:
1. I am NOT saying ALL Young Adult fiction is brimming with inappropriate content ready to pervert your children. (I’ll delve into this later on)
2. I wanted to be sure I wasn’t basing my opinions on reading just ‘a few bad eggs’ so, since I started keeping track in 2008, I have read 189 Young Adult novels, 40 of which are from 2012 alone.
James Dashner (Maze Runner)
Shannon Hale (Princess Academy, and Book of Bayern series)
Brandon Mull( Fablehaven )
Rick Riordan (The Lightning Thief)
Suzanne Collins (Hunger Games)
Carrie Ryan (Forest of Hands and Teeth)
Aprilynne Pike (Wings)
Catherine Fischer (Incarceron)
Lauren Oliver (Delirium)
Ally Condie (Matched)
Bree Despain (Dark Divine)
I’ve heard talk of people wishing ratings would be on books similar to that of games, televisions shows, music, and movies. I don’t have an answer for that. In a world of self publishing, blogs, magazines, newspapers, etc…well, you can see it could get complicated.
In this case, I think the best offense is defense. Know what your kids are reading. Read it yourself, thumb through the pages, or read reviews online to discover the content. Your children will undoubtedly sigh and be irritated, but hey, isn’t that what being a parent is all about? Happy reading.