Friday, July 29, 2011
YA has kind of been given a bad rap lately. Why? Well, a lot of people seem to think its "too edgy." That there's just too much "tough stuff" in YA lit, and teenagers can't handle it. So I've decided to pose the question: Is there such a thing as being too edgy in YA?
Personally, I like a lot of edgy YA books. Growing up homeschooled for my entire life has caused me to be fairly sheltered from a lot of things in the world. Drugs, eating disorders, suicide, they all seemed like a mystery to me. Sure I knew they existed but reading books about them actually made the issues become real. Drugs? Ellen Hopkins. Eating Disorders? Laurie Halse Anderson. Suicide? Jay Asher. The list goes on and on. Yes, a lot of these books are dark and fairly mature, but never for a moment have I regretted reading any of them.
Of course there are always some edgy YA books that I'm not going to read. For example I never read The DUFF by Kody Keplinger. I've heard its an amazing book, and I'm sure that it is, but I'm not really into books with a lot of sexual themes, so I just decided not to read this one.
Basically what I'm trying to say here is that I think it doesn't matter how "edgy" a YA book is. What does matter is that people use discernment when choosing the books they read. Not all books are going to suitable for all people. But that doesn't mean that you stamp a label on a book stating that its "too edgy" for all readers.
So those are my thoughts on edgy YA. I'm super curious to know your guyses opinions on the subject. Do you agree with me? Or do you think that some YA books are just too edgy for teen readers? What are some of your favorite "edgy" YA reads?