We interrupt the celebration of the holiday season with a message from a book-reviewing Scrooge. This moring, I was reading a review of Kelly Easton’s Aftershock in the online version of a North Carolina newspaper, the Star-News. While the review of the novel was positive, I could help but notice the elbow-sharp digs the reviewer, Ben Steelman, kept making about that “peculiar genre known as ‘young adult’ fiction:”

“My only regret is that most adult readers probably won’t discover Aftershock at all. Thanks to J.K. Rowling and Lemony Snicket, there’s a trend now of grown-ups dipping into kids’ books, but the adolescent market is largely overlooked. Maybe it’s those whiny, self-pitying, dysfunctional narrators. Don’t let the label stereotype this novel…”

Here’s my response:

“I just finished reading your review of Kelly Easton’s latest. Cheers to you for featuring the work. Groans to you for perpetuating the myth that a novel is somehow only valuable if an adult audience finds it.

There is more great YA lit in the world than your philosophy allows, Horatio. How about I mail a few excellent examples your way, none of them with angst-filled narrators? I think you’ve been missing out.”

Written by : thunderchikin

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  1. idaho_laurie December 24, 2006 at 11:25 am - Reply

    Frustrating! And how ’bout you post the titles of your excellent examples on your blog?

    Keep up the good fight.

  2. thunderchikin December 24, 2006 at 1:16 pm - Reply

    I was just going to pull some titles off my reading stack. I didn’t have any in particular in mind. It’s easy to find great ones.

  3. c_moonshower December 24, 2006 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    Excellent response.
    Glad to be in the coop with YOU!

  4. literaticat December 24, 2006 at 2:44 pm - Reply

    Yes. Good answer.

    Adults are mostly jerks, anyway!

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