My topic today? YA. Young Adult. The genre not the people. I recently read an article that talked about the growing popularity of this genre and how publishers will be offering more contracts as well as larger advances to authors of this genre.
My first thought? Crap with a capitol C! I don't write YA. Come to think of it, I've never even read YA. SIS Beth advised me not to be discouraged. There are always trends. Always. Just keep writing. That's the important thing. She also suggested that I read a YA. She said I'd be surprised.
A quick peruse of my personal library and I had one in hand. I remember purchasing it at my local bookstore just last month. Why? I'm only slightly embarrassed to admit it was primarily because of the cover. One of the best looking and best feeling covers I have ever come across. You have to see it and feel it to completely understand. Another reason I bought it was because someone at the bookstore had written a note stating it was better than Twilight. Really? Wow. I say this without ever having read Twilight but I know what a huge phenomenon it is. HUGE.
I blogged about this book at Loud Whispers but I had only just begun to read it. I'm now on page 483 and can I say...Oh my goodness? This book is fantastic. Beautiful Creatures is the debut book of Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. Debut? Are you kidding me? This story is so well written I can't stand it. Their description of the southern scenery, the small town people and the not so small town "people" is something I hope to learn from. Amazing. Simply amazing.
I started off having doubts. First of all it's written in first person through a 16 year old boy. Really? Yep and let me tell you, I quickly learned to love first person through that 16 year old boy. Second of all, the romance is between this 16 year old mortal boy and a 15 year old "Caster" girl. I got over this as well. Ethan and Lena will stay with me for a very, very long time.
I guess my point it this: I shouldn't knock it 'til I try it and if this is YA, I definitely say YAY.
How about you? YA? Yay or Nay?
SIS Barb aka Elle J Rossi