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The Perks of Being a Wallflower | Bestsellers - Books USA Press
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"And in that moment, I swear we were infinite." #rockinmay #edgeofseventeen

Cinfhen Nice!!!! 3y
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This wasn't my favorite #BOTM pick, but it is interesting in the way it represents a lot of issues that kids on the #EdgeOfSeventeen face. #RockinMay

Megabooks I did this as an audiobook and enjoyed it. 3y
Cinfhen Good choice, totally forgot about this #BOTM 🙌🏻💙 3y
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Joan of Arc joined the army when she was on the #EdgeOfSeventeen, and went on to become a total badass. #RockInMay

TrishB Good choice 👍 3y
EllieDottie I love learning about her life! 3y
Cinfhen Excellent choice she's also the #dangeroustype 💕💕 3y
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Gimme a Call | Sarah Mlynowski
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#rockinmay #edgeofseventeen Seventeen year old Devi drops her phone into a fountain, and when she fishes it out finds she can make phone calls to her fourteen year old self. So she starts giving instructions, changing her past to change her present - but it doesn't always work out the way she thinks it will. A fun #youngadult read. #YA

Cinfhen Cute! 3y
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Catching Fire | Suzanne Collins
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Katniss and Peeta have to go back to the games and they're only at the #edgeofseventeen

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Twilight | Stephenie Meyer
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I have to hand it to Stephenie Meyer: she captured completely what it feels like to be on the #edgeofseventeen and in love. #rockinmay day 11

Cinfhen I haven't read this series but two ladies, from my "serious readers" bookclub, both told me how much they "fan-girled" over these books! 3y
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Riddle me this, Littens: What's the difference between an adult novel taking place in high school and a YA novel?

I've read and enjoyed all of these, thinking of them as coming-of-age novels about awkward boys at the #edgeofseventeen, but at different points I've seen them all referred to as YA. I don't guess it matters if I enjoyed them, but I am curious as to the distinction.


merelybookish Good question! Hard question! Would you say one of these is more YA than others? 3y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk @merelybookish Y'know, I'm not entirely sure what the term even means. I think I read an article at some point that Young Adult books focus more on relationships and emotions than non-YA but that definition always felt kind of wobbly to me. I never really encountered the term much before Litsy. 3y
merelybookish @TobeyTheScavengerMonk That's interesting. I guess I would say I assume YA is written for teens so maybe is more immediate. Also, just less hefty in some way. 3y
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merelybookish I don't think subject matter equals YA so I wouldn't think all coming of age stories are automatically YA. 3y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk @merelybookish I agree. To me, all of these books feel like they are just the kinds of stories the authors wanted to tell that just happened to be about teens, but without a particular target audience age range in mind. 3y
Ruri_kaichou Oh man, it's like asking what do you consider historical fiction. In the past, I would say a book would be YA is the main character is in their late teens and a majority of the story takes place in high school. But I think it's becoming more blurred recently. 3y
Cinfhen To me YA is who the author feels the target audience is...and the approach in the writing style is maybe more "angst" - more "dramatic " does that make sense?!? Good question! 3y
Dogearedcopy YA novels tend to be what we're once called Bildungsroman novels - coming of age stories with the MCs usually aged 14-17; but marketed to 12-18 year-olds. New adult novels usually feature 21-30 year olds who haven't settled down yet/are still figuring out the basics of being an adult. These tend to be marketed to 16-21 year-olds. Books on both these categories will have Lexile scores that skew to the slightly younger target market... (edited) 3y
Dogearedcopy It's pretty much determined by the publishing houses to best position the books for maximum sales. For instance, Zusak wrote 'The Book Thief' as a straight novel in AUS; but in the US market, it was tagged as YA. 3y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk @Dogearedcopy @Ruri_kaichou @Cinfhen Thanks for the input! I certainly won't judge anyone's tastes but for me there's this little internal flinch when something is labeled YA, and I'm not exactly sure why. 3y
Zelma The only real difference? Marketing. Distinctions were created by publishers to market to various age groups. 3y
Ruri_kaichou Haha! I totally get it. I think it's been looked down on because they weren't usually anything of substance. But that's changed now and there's more meat to them 3y
readinginthedark I don't know if other places do this, but in the bookstore where I used to work, we moved some things from YA to the adult section based on reading level and content. Our customers always expected us not to have anything in the YA section that they wouldn't want their kids reading, so it was a touchy situation. 3y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk @readinginthedark Interesting. Yeah, all of these books, especially the bottom two have language and sexual content. I certainly didn't think of them as YA while I was reading. 3y
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Mists of Avalon | Marion Zimmer Bradley
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Received my copy of this a few months after publication as a Xmas gift when I was on the #edgeofseventeen (don't look up the publication date 😱). #rockinMay @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Hahaha, your secret is safe with me 🤐I'm feeling slightly old today, as well! I had 3 kids already when most people were on the #edgeofseventeen 3y
JazzFeathers Used to be one of my favourite books when l was a teen 😉 3y
Suet624 So good. 3y
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