The summer's nearly over, alas! In a week, it's back to pencils and books (or computers and smartboards) for the younger generation. If you've got kids in school you might hesitate to pick up a long novel right now, with the demands of the school year looming so close. Or maybe you don't have kids, but end-of-summer burnout is making your reading pile look like the Tower of Babel. Well, fear not! The library (as always) has an answer for you: Young Adult books... for grown-ups!
Young Adult (or "YA") titles tend to be faster reads for adults, but that doesn't mean they're poorer ones. These books will hook you early and hard, grabbing your attention from the get-go. Think about it-- they have to grab a teen's attention away from school, sports, friends, social media, texting, gaming, movies, shopping... you get the idea. And in the name of grabbing that audience, YA authors are often willing to be more innovative and edgy than their adult-market counterparts-- telling an entire story through chat windows, for example, or using Death himself as a narrator.