How Do We Define Young Adult Literature?

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I’ve been reading a lot of books that fit in that grey area between middle grade, young adult, new adult, and adult lately, and it got me thinking again about something I’ve pondered quite a bit: how do we define young adult literature? It’s something I’ve always found interesting, because there are no strict definitions.

In publishing, young adult is marketed for teens regardless of who actually reads them. (Fun fact: it’s estimated that 70% of YA books are purchased by adults, and most of these adults are reading them–but that’s another post for another day.) But there are so many factors that separate YA from books marketed to any other age range.

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