In We love YA!, a fellow YA-lover is featured and is asked to answer the following questions: Why do you love YA? What are some of your favorite YA books? What can you say to encourage other people to read YA? At end of which, readers are requested to recommend books based on the featured person’s answers.
If you haven’t seen the other We Love YA! features, click here to view them all. I met Tarie when I wandered over to her blog Into the Wardrobe. I was so excited to discover a fellow Filipino book blogger who focused on YA. Tarie has been blogging for several years and when I started my blog a few months back, she was very helpful in answering my questions. She also has another book blog called Asia in the Heart, World on the Mind, which highlights children’s and YA books set in Asia. Be sure to drop by her blogs and check out what she has there. 🙂
Why do you love YA?
I love the themes in YA. I love reading entertaining stories about interesting young people exploring who they are and their place in the world.
What are some of your favorite books/series/authors?
My favorite YA book is Good Enough by Paula Yoo, because it perfectly captures the high school life of overachievers. LOL! I was a bit of an overachiever in high school, so Good Enough feels like a mirror to me.
What can you say to encourage other people to read YA?
Recently I heard someone (an adult) respond to YA with an “EW.” But I believe good literature is good literature. It doesn’t matter if it is fantasy, YA, crime fiction, literary fiction, or any other genre. Good characterization is good characterization. Good plot development is good plot development. Good writing is good writing!
Whoa, someone said “Eww” about YA?! That person better not show his/her face online or he/she will feel the wrath of YA book bloggers all over the world. Seriously though, I get what you mean. I had a friend who told me before, “Diba pambata yung mga binabasa mo?” (The books that you read are meant for children, right?) That’s why I enjoy book blogging so much, you get to meet people who like the same books that you do and understand that YA is such a great genre. 🙂 You are totally right, Tarie, good literature is good literature! Thanks again for taking part in this feature. As for recommendations, I know that you’ve read Graceling by Kristin Cashore so I recommend its companion novel, Fire. For a fantasy novel with a more Asian feel, I’ve heard good things about Toads and Diamonds by Heather Tomlinson. I haven’t read it but I’m definitely interested. What about you guys, what are your recommendations for Tarie?
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