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If you’ve stayed up late reading “Twilight,” “The Hunger Games” or anything “Harry Potter,” you’re not alone. Turns out that 55 percent of the buyers of books designated for kids 12 to 17 are actually adults, according to a biannual study from Bowker Market Research.
To find out what makes the young-adult (YA) genre such a hit with people well past prom age, we spoke with Sarah Pitre of Forever Young Adult, a popular site “for YA readers who are a little less Y and a bit more A,” a tagline that makes total sense when you read the blog post on the “Pride & Prejudice” official movie drinking game.
Pitre says it’s understandable that adults are enjoying YA titles. “There is something universal about the first crush, the first kiss, when you realize your parents are human beings,” she says. “Harry Potter” really “woke people up to the idea that they could stray from the adult section and find something fascinating to read.” And once “Twilight” and “The Hunger Games” became global phenoms, publishers truly caught on to the genre’s ability to reach all ages — which is why the YA section at your local library is so much bigger than it was when you were still in high school. Here are some of Pitre’s favorite recent YA picks for grown-ups.