Popular Teenager Books and Why We Love Them

I apologize for the lack of posts lately. I’ve been in China for the last two months, and yes, it’s true they block nearly every useful communications website. YouTube, Blogspot, WordPress, Facebook, Twitter… you name it. (They haven’t blocked Tumblr yet, surprisingly. Must still be low-key enough.)

Anyway, the topic of this post is on reading.

Now, we all know the Young Adult genre is a popular one among teenagers. That’s like saying chocolate goes well with peanut butter–it’s just the laws of nature.

Many Young Adult novels seem to have a common theme of teenage heroism, page turning events, and fantasies that are mostly found in children’s books.  However, nearly all of them (a good 99.5%) portray illogical events if you think about them in a daily text.

(Yes, I know the point is they’re Fiction. And with the exception of the Twilight series, I enjoyed reading these Young Adult novels listed.)

Popular Young Adult Books and Why We Love Them

  • Harry Potter series by JK Rowling. You’re a wizard, Harry. You beat death when you were a baby, but who knew you’d be able to get past professional wizards’ booby traps in the dungeon at age 11, defeat a legendary basilisk at age 12, capture a runaway criminal no other adult wizard can track down at age 13, defeat Voldemort again at age 14… all before you’ve even graduated from Hogwarts!
  • The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins. Well, yeah, who’s not to say a 16-year-old can’t defeat the entire evil, dystopian society with her bare hands (and bow)? I mean, of course she can just kill President Snow and that other lady on her own, after they’ve had the nation at their knees for 75 years.
  • Twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer. Reasoning with Vampires. Enough said.
  • The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot. It could be believable if the girl who sat next to me in AP US History suddenly discovered she’s the long-lost princess of Genovia. But yes, it is perplexing that the same royal family would allow her to continue going to a public New York City school with just one bodyguard. You’d think royal princesses get home-schooled by a highly esteemed private tutor? Or at least sent to a prestigious private school?
  • The Clique series by Lisi Harrison. I know middle school was pretty bad, but I don’t really think they acted like college students. And I’m sure nobody knew what the difference between Versace and Burberry was (although the difference between Hollister and Limited Too might be noted).

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