First published on www.kindlepost.com.
Guest post by young adult author Maureen McGowan. Her most recent book, Deviants, released on October 30, 2012. In a post-apocalyptic world, where the earth is buried by asteroid dust Glory, a sixteen-year-old orphan, must conceal the superpowers she and her younger brother possess in order to survive.
Until three years ago, I hadn’t read a young adult (YA) novel since I was twelve. Why would I want to read books meant for kids? When I was a teen, most YA novels were decidedly juvenile, so I went straight from Nancy Drew to Sidney Sheldon. But in the intervening (cough) decades, YA fiction has changed.
And I’m happy to confess, I now love YA fiction.
It turns out that I’m not alone. A recently reported Bowker Market Research study found that 55 percent of buyers of YA fiction were adults and 78% of the time they were purchasing for their own reading—that is, they weren’t buying the books for their kids.