Thoughts

Thoughts #21: Teen Fiction and Young Adult Fiction

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Recently, whilst organising my Goodreads shelves, I noticed I had both shelves for ‘teen’ and ‘young adult’. I was tempted to merge the two, but actually upon looking at the books in question I realised I do actually distinguish between them. I wondered if anyone else did this, or whether a lot of people lump all books for teens into young adult.

By ‘teen’ I don’t mean middle grade OR young adult, but in fact somewhere in between. Here’s how I distinguish between the two:

‘Teen’ fiction:

  • Generally for a younger audience than young adult fiction, perhaps ages 11-14 so just a little older than middle grade (which to me is 9-12, so there is some overlap).
  • I see it as a transition from middle grade books, but not quite reaching the content of young adult fiction.
  • It’s often focused on lighter elements, for example friendships, first crushes, shopping etc!
  • Tends to be more realistic or contemporary.
  • I’ve noticed that it’s more often gender specific.

Examples of ‘teen’ fiction:
Dancing in my Nuddy-pants by Louise Rennison The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants by Anne Brashares

Young Adult fiction

  • In my eyes these books are aimed at 15 year olds and upwards. Yes, even adults.
  • Contain ‘heavier’ issues such as relationships, sex, drugs, alcohol, family problems, abuse etc.
  • It’s moved on from first crushes to first kisses and first loves.
  • Less of a gender focus.
  • Spans all sorts of genres: contemporary, fantasy, science fiction, paranormal etc.
  • Generally a lot more emotional, typically a darker feel.
  • That’s not to say that all YA books are full of these sorts of issues. I just feel that they’re much more likely to address them.

Examples of young adult fiction:
Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

Do you tend to split up teen fiction and young adult fiction, or do you see them as one and the same?

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Past Features

Weekly Roundup #3

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This is where I share the books I have received in the past week, whether bought, gifted, borrowed etc.

  • Doctor Who: The Feast of the Drowned by Stephen Cole – I love Doctor Who, and I spotted this in the library today, so I thought I’d give it a go. This is a Ten/Rose novel.
  • Doctor Who: The Many Hands by Dale Smith – Same as above, but this one is Ten/Martha.
  • Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth – I own Divergent, and really quite enjoyed it – I’m sure you’ve heard the hype! I wanted to buy Insurgent, but since I can’t find it second hand locally and I don’t want to buy it brand new as I’m trying to save money, I ordered it from the library and picked it up today.
  • The Gathering Dark (The Grisha #1) by Leigh Bardugo – I just spotted this in the library today, and the cover made me pick it up. They’ve obviously just gotten it in, and it was only published a few months ago.
  • Company of Liars by Karen Maitland – I found this in the local charity shop for 50p, brand new. I have Maitland’s other book, The Owl Killers (which I still haven’t read…), but the covers combined with the setting made me snap them up. I’m really in the mood for some historical fiction at the moment so I think I’ll be reading this one soon!
  • Burning Embers by Hannah Fielding – Hannah held a competition on her website to win her book and an Amazon giftcard, and I was one of the lucky winners! Thank you, Hannah!
  • Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #4) by Rick Riordan – I’ve already read all the Percy Jackson books and I really enjoyed them, because I love Greek mythology. I borrowed them all off of a friend, so I’ve been trying to build up my own collection. So far I have half of them, all from charity shops. This one cost 40p for the hardback.

That’s all for this week, no e-books as I’m trying to get through my to review list – although it didn’t stop me from buying/borrowing physical copies! Whoops…