Is Young Adult a ‘Genre’? (Blogmas)

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Young adult novels are very new to the world of fiction. Teen books have been around for quite some time now, with the first book aimed at teenagers released in the 1950’s. However, the term ‘young adult’ is a very new concept that has been introduced since more and more teenagers are reading and becoming invested in the stories told by other teenagers.

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Imagining Character Appearances

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I’ve had a little bit of a bad reading month. A lot has been going on and the book that i was reading at the time was taking me a while to get through, so that meant by the end of February all i wanted to do was curl up with a really good YA contemporary novel that would make me smile from ear to ear with how cutesy it is. So that’s exactly what i did.

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Mental Health In YA Novels

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Earlier this week was Mental Health Awareness Day. Mental health is something that i personally am very passionate about and am not afraid to talk about in the slightest. People need to be much more open about mental health and a little less afraid about what others think about the problems. It’s such a taboo topic in our society, lets be much more open and take mental health seriously! But this got me thinking about is mental health taken seriously in YA novels? I’m going to talk about my opinions in this post.

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Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

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Audrey doesn’t leave the house. She’s plagued with anxiety, so much so that her only option is to wear sunglasses around everyone to avoid eye contact, which isn’t exactly ideal when you’re falling for your brothers best friend and you just want to leave the house and get better. But when a note slides through her letter box, exclaiming that she was being given a kiss, it starts the long road to recovery for Audrey.

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Top 5 Characters You’d Always Defend

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This was possibly the hardest Top 5 Wednesday post we had to make. It’s not easy thinking of characters you’d always defend when you generally read books that everyone loves. But alas we found some characters who we truly would defend to our dying days, ones that get so much hate we cannot help but stand up in front of a room full of people and protect our little angels. Okay that might be a little much, but we love them when no-one else will.

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We Were Liers by E. Lockart

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When We Were Liars was first released I had very little interest in it unlike everyone else. I’d seen so many people saying that it was an absolutely incredible book, however the cover just didn’t say the same thing to me! After I’d heard a few more people recommend it who I trusted, I decided to pick myself up a copy and decide for myself if I liked it or not.

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower Reread Ramblings

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I first read The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky back in 2012 just before the movie was released. I read it with my then seventeen year old naïve mind. Recently I have been deciding what text I want to study for my dissertation (I was between Perks or The Catcher in the Rye) so I figured it was about time to reread Perks to refresh my memory and make a decision.

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