is twofold: to tell a story and, according New York Times contributor Lisa Belkin, to send a message (by teaching a lesson).
I disagree. Why do books for teens need to teach a lesson? Can't they just be for enjoyment? Escape? Or maybe just to show a world or reality different from (or maybe even the same as) one's own?
YA literature doesn't HAVE to be anything more than it is: written for teens.
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