A reader of His Life Abiding recently left a nice comment in response to a blog on the Huffington Post Books website. The blog was by Lisa Parkin and entitled "Why We'd Be Screwed If Young Adult Books Were Real."
It's an interesting read and I think Ms. Parkin has some valid points. (I'm also relieved that my reader who commented didn't think His LIfe Abiding fell in most of those YA fiction traps... okay, it kinda has a ghost in it, haha!)
Still, the blog echoes some of the concerns I've had about YA fiction as well, mostly that it's becoming horribly formulaic. If you've followed my book reviews, you've probably noticed my scathing indictments of this trend, especially in titles like The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and Summer Ball. This is why I've deliberately stayed away from reviewing too many of the big, mainstream titles, opting more for the "hidden gems" like Will Grayson, Will Grayson and Where Things Come Back.
So take a look at Ms. Parkin's blog and then leave me your thoughts using the comment tool below. Do you agree with her? Or do you want even more parentless, love-sick, vampire chasers in your YA fiction? Sound off...