Recently I started thinking about where my young adult book journey began. I grew up reading but throughout college the amount of books I read for leisure significantly decreased and it wasn’t until years later I started really loving to read again.
It wasn’t until I was married and working my ‘real job’ that I started becoming more and more interested in picking up fiction again. Where did I start? That’s easy, I am one of the many that was reintroduced to young adult books by Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight.
I admit, it was a gripping read that I couldn’t put down. My excitement of the series decreased exponentially with each book but it didn’t stop me from wanting to devour all the books I could find in this ‘new’ section of the bookstore.
I know, I know.
It might be a tad embarrassing since so many people look down on the series but for me, it was an opportunity to relive those feelings from high school. Really, they were a lot of fun to read. And, the best part was that it led to many other books that I wouldn’t have known existed. I’m so curious to see how this series stands up against the test of time (and reading so many more books between then and now). I’ll be doing a reread in November–stay tuned for more info later on.
Of course, before Twilight I had read the Harry Potter series but never thought to look around for other books near that same age group. I thought of it as a one off series that would appeal to me. Little did I know that some of the greatest fantasy novels were filed under MG and YA.
Your turn- what book opened the gates to the wonderful world of young adult for you? Have you re-read this gateway book recently? Does it still work for you?