I’m a huge fan of good YA fiction for a few reasons: 1) I love nothing more than the satisfaction of finishing a novel, and most YA books I can finish in a weekend; 2) some of it is very, very good; and 3) while I like the dystopic future YA books well enough, my favorite stories are typically coming-of-age novels, and YA is full of that. It’s such a heightened intense period in most of our lives, older authors have an easier time hanging on to it, and thus writing about it with more authenticity.
One of my favorite YA authors is John Green, whose books are engrossing, heartbreaking, smart, and quick-to-read. His most recent, the brilliant The Fault in our Stars — a coming-of-age story with a cancer twist — is being turned into a movie starring Shailene Woodley, which is kind of perfect. (I also like Green because he’s a fellow Indianapolis Colts fan, and he’s vocal about it. )
Anyway, this has nothing to do with Green’s novels, but he did put together a fun, positive video on 14 reasons why this year will be better than previous years, and it’s nerdy and statistical and delightful, which is par for the course for Green.