Young adult (YA) literature occupies a special place in the world of fiction. Many of the most widely beloved novels of the last century are, or at least started life as, fiction aimed at young adults. It’s a genre that includes classics like To Kill a Mockingbird, Catcher in the Rye, and The Outsiders, as well as newer breakout hits like The Hunger Games and The Hate U Give.
The twelve- to eighteen-year-olds these books are written for are in the midst of life’s most challenging and formative years. This fiction tends to reflect that, and lends these books a timeless feel for many readers. Young readers are looking for answers to big questions about life, and often, the books that wrestle with these questions have universal appeal.