Young adult books are generally written for teenagers. I’ve seen 12-18, but really, just call it “teenager” and be done with it. That being said, the themes in What to Say Next are far too intense, too weighty for the young end of that spectrum. I think the themes would terrify a 13-16 yr old. I know that is a generalization, but while young people are growing up entirely too fast these days, by and large they are still quite immature and naïve. Sadly, I also think What Not to Say is too young for the older end of that spectrum who would probably roll their eyes if they took the time to pick it up.
And that’s too bad because the thing is, I, as an [ahem] older woman, was riveted by What to Say Next. I would have preferred the author write it for adults but still narrated by those teens. Still though 4.5 stars.
I read a quote by Chuck Wendig, a novelist, screenwriter, and game designer.”
Personal opinion time: some of the bravest, strangest, coolest stories right now are being told in the young adult space. It’s stuff that doesn’t fly by tropes or adhere to rules — appropriate, perhaps, since young adults tend to flick cigarettes in the eyes of the rules and don’t play by social norms as much as adults do. (Though teens certainly have their own social codes, too.) I wish adult fiction so frequently took risks on the material at hand, but it doesn’t. And as a person (relatively) new to the young adult spectrum, I used to assume it was all Twilight…
Bravo! Hear! Hear!
Read his whole, fascinating article: http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2013/06/04/25-things-you-should-know-about-young-adult-fiction/
WARNING: it’s a bit raw.