Why I Love YAYA has made me confident in who I am.
It's authors like John Green and his brother Hank who have made me unashamed of who I am. I'm nerdy, goofy, and proud of it!
YA has opened my mind.
Where would I be without books like Libba Bray's Beauty Queens? Or Julie Anne Peter's Luna? Or Stephen Chbosky's Perks of Being a Wallflower? One of the most important lessons that YA has taught me is that everyone deserves to be loved.
YA has given me strength.
Without Graceling (by Kristin Cashore) and Wicked Jealous (by Robin Palmer), I probably would have never have had the courage to cut my hair. This is a very weak example of what I mean by "strength," so I hope you know what I mean!
So many of the books I read show how even the smallest actions can affect a person forever. (Perks of Being a Wallflower, Ask the Passengers by A.S. King, Keep Holding on by Susane Colasanti, Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher)
YA gives me role models.
It's not just characters, such as Hermione, Gemma Doyle, Miles Halter, Audrey Cutler, and Art, etc. It's the authors I look up to that inspire me.
Of course, these are just a few of the reasons I love YA. Honestly, I can't put down in words exactly why I love it as much as I do. All I know (as kitschy as this may sound) is that YA books have changed my life for the better and I'm really, really grateful for it.
Why do you love YA?