How YA Lit Gets a Bad Name
A friend of mine attended an author event recently. Jodi Picoult was speaking.
My friend, a teen librarian, said that Picoult mentioned that she had a 13-year-old daughter and she didn’t want her reading YA… that YA novels were covered with unclothed girls (or something like that).
When I heard this, I felt really irritated. I couldn’t think of any unclothed girls on YA book jackets. And I look at a lot of books!
Girls may be wearing suggestive clothing (maybe) on some of the series titles, like Celebutantes and Gossip Girls. But trash a whole body of literature for a couple of series?
Blood Roses by Francesca Lia Block (Joanna Cotler 2008) is the only YA novel I could find, from all of 2008, on which a woman is without clothing. And I’ll bet most people wouldn’t even notice that.
I wish that authors of books for adults would read a few YA books before they toss around criticisms that betray the fact that they really know nothing about them.