So I've been posting all these "Best of 2012" lists on the blog, and you might have noticed that all of the lists thus far have been for "children's," "middle grade," "young adult" or "teens." That changes today. That changes today, because TWO, not one, but TWO books written for the under 18 set have made Time's list of Top 10 Fiction Books in their Top 10 of Everything 2012. Yes, indeed. On a list that features the likes of notable literary giants Junot Diaz (#10) and Zadie Smith (#8), two of the TOP FIVE titles are by Catherynne Valente, author of The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There (#5!) and John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars (#1!). Crazypants and huzzah!
To all the haters, I just wanna say, "Take that!" Young adult fiction is not poorly written, slapped together, unimportant, or "just for kids." I mean, some of it is just candy, but there are some (and not just a few) young adult books out there that eat like a meal. There are authors who write fiction for young adults that is complex, critical, and compelling. And I guess people are starting to realize that. Yay!
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