YA Why?

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I recently purchased Emily Danforth’s coming-of-age novel, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, on my e-reader. When I went to my local bookstore to buy a print copy for a friend, I was kind of surprised to find the book filed downstairs in the Young Adult section. Likewise for Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief.

Turns out, the world of young adult (YA) fiction doesn’t really care about antiquated, age-based distinctions, and anyone who remembers reading The Chocolate War or The Giver knows this has been the case for a long time. Still, it wouldn’t hurt to have a guide to help you discover the great fiction lurking in the bookstore basement.

A newish series from The Onion’s A.V. Club, YA Why?, is a periodic book-review column that dissects YA books from the “perspective of what they do or don’t do with familiar YA tropes, whether they appeal to a broad audience or strictly to the younger set, and why we might want to read them.”

Find out what you’ve been missing, or geek out with like-minded fans of great, ageless fiction, at www.avclub.com/features/ya-why.

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