Guilty Pleasures: Books for Young Adults
The first time I borrowed Twilight from a friend to read it I figured it would be a pretty good story. Most women that had read the series gushed over it, so I expected to enjoy it. What I did not expect was the “crack-like” addiction I developed for the book. It was insane! And I was not, mind you, the “younger” target demographic. I typically pick challenging books, fiction or non. The only challenge for me about this story was putting the freaking book down. I read all four books in the series in about three weeks. I can’t get that time back. But you know what? I don’t care, because THAT was some good candy.
Books written for, or at least marketed to, young adults can suck you in faster than my Dyson Animal can suck up pet hair. And not just any books for young adults. A bit trashy, violent, romance books for young adults. You know what I’m talking about. The Twilight Saga, which follows the forbidden story between a human girl and her vampire soul mate. The Hunger Games, a fairly graphic tale about north America in a post apocalyptic distant future where preteen to teenage age youth are pitted against each other in a televised survival game (and only one can make it out). The Uglies series (I have yet to read these) follow the story of Tally Youngblood in a future society where people on their sixteenth birthdays undergo a surgery to make them “pretty”, but come to find out more happens in these surgeries than just outer modifications. Even Harry Potter offers death, destruction, and love stories within the world of the muggles and inside the magical walls of Hogwarts.
We’ve also got Gossip Girl, Vampire Academy, The Wolves of Mercy Falls. Wow, my inner teenage girl is getting tired just thinking about all this. Wait, maybe it’s making me tired because I’m an adult. There are several reasons reading a good, juicy, young adult novel can be fun, but one of the biggest for me? No big words. I know, sad right? But I don’t have to actually “think” to figure out what the author is talking about. I don’t have to grab my dictionary, or even lazier yet, tap on a word on my Kindle, to get a definition so I can figure out what the author is meaning. Not with young adult books. It’s just open and go. Read on and let your imagination run wild. Visualize the hot vampire, what the wolf looks like as a boy, running from another kid hunting you down, living in a society that makes no demands of your pretty being, kissing a Wizard (oh Harry!). And don’t worry about not understanding something. It won’t happen. Mindless bliss. And that, my friends, is a guilty pleasure.
What about you? Do you have any good books to recommend as a Guilty Pleasure? Tell us about them!
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