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Jump in to YA Lit – Forever Young Adult Book Club at YPL

In the great big world of literature, the Young Adult genre is fairly young. According to Southern Connecticut State University, the term “young adult literature” gained more common usage in the 1960s and referred to realistic fiction that was set in a real, contemporary world and addressed the problems, issues and life circumstances that would interest readers between the ages of 12 and 18. “The Outsiders” by S.E. Hinton published in 1967 is commonly recognized as one of the first major books in the YA genre.

 

Since the 60s, YA literature has exploded in popularity. The dystopian trilogy “The Hunger Games” has sold more than 100 million copies worldwide, and the subsequent movies earned more than $3 billion. Powerful stories like “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas and “Dear Martin” by Nic Stone highlight the experiences that Black Americans face when dealing with police officers. Historical novels like “The Song of Achilles” by Madeline Miller seek to bring new life and greater diversity to classic stories like those in Greek mythology.


Young adult literature is full of timeless stories and new age classics, and readers all around the world have found new ways to share their favorite stories. Creators on TikTok have organized a community of literature lovers – popularly known as “BookTok” – to share their must read books in a variety of genres, including YA. Instagram has a similar community known as “Bookstagram”.

If you’re looking for a more personal bookish community, Forever Young Adult is an international community for adult lovers of the YA genre. The website offers plenty of reviews and recommendations for books, tv shows and movies, as well as connecting YA fans through several local book clubs.

 

YPL, in collaboration with the White Plains Public Library, hosts a Forever YA Book Club every month. August’s book is “Fable” by Adrienne Young. The novel follows the titular character Fable as she tries to survive on the island of Jeval, where she was abandoned by her father years ago. She’s saved enough money to buy passage on a ship called the Marigold, but her plan to find her father turns dangerous and deadly when she finds out how many enemies her father has made when they begin to target her.

 

August’s Forever YA Book club will be on Zoom on Thursday, August 25th at 7:00PM. Meeting information can be found here.

Save the date for upcoming Fall 2022 meeting online:
September 22: We will be reading A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne Brown
October 27: We will be reading A Lesson in Vengeance by Victoria Lee 
November: book and date TBA
December 22: book TBA

We hope you’ll join us!

Alison Robles is a part-time clerk at the Crestwood Library. She is an avid reader with a passion for fantasy, history and science fiction. A Yonkers native, she graduated from Iona University in 2020 with a dual-degree in Marketing and Public Relations.


Sources

FYA About Page

Hunger Games sales stats – Shondaland Blog

What is YA Lit

List of BookTok Books