Not YA Mama's Book Club Coming January 2020!

Article by laura g

We are so thrilled to announce our latest book club, Not YA Mama’s Book Club! NYMBC is intended for adults over the age of 18 who are fans of (or interested in) the Young Adult genre! The book club will be led by our Kids and Teens Specialist, Laura G. Our first meeting will be in January of 2020, so stay tuned for dates and book choices! For more news, follow our YA Instagram Account, @brazosbookstoreteen !


According to a 2012 article in The Atlantic, fifty five percent of YA readers today are adults, so what is YA? Clearly it’s not just for teenagers and it can’t just be about sparkly vampires. Why is it so appealing to adults? We’ll be discussing this in book club, but why not get the ideas flowing with a quick exploration? 


I’ve talked to my sources and done my research. Here are my top three reasons why adults enjoy (or would enjoy!) the YA genre!


  1. YA IS ENTERTAINING: Let’s just get it out of the way now, it’s fun to read YA. Because they’re usually (though not always!) written for a teenage audience, the pacing and plot are quick and sharp with hardly any room for gristle. YA is also such a wide-ranged genre. It can be historical, fantasy, romance, sci-fi, (and if you’re Laura Ruby, maybe all four!). Basically YA can be anything you want it to be. Many people consider YA to be their guilty pleasure because of the entertainment factor, but why feel guilty? If you enjoy something, well? Enjoy it! 


  1. YA IS NOT AN ESCAPE: When many adults think of YA, “escapism” is the first word that comes to mind. I’m not denying the aforementioned genres of fantasy and sci-fi, but there’s much more to it than that. Over the past few years there’s been a resurgence of YA books tackling hard hitting topics from police brutality to mental illness to oppression. THE HATE U GIVE has sold more than 2 million copies globally and National Book Award Winner Elizabeth Acevedo is quickly becoming a household name. There’s a lot of depth and plenty to think about, even when the premise of a book is “the gay historical road trip you’ve always wanted.”*

* Sidenote: Who doesn’t want to read a gay historical road trip? I’m tired of all my “gay books” being tragic and heavy!


  1. YA IS WELL WRITTEN: Another misconception with the genre is the prose. Many believe they’re dumbed down or simplified for a younger audience. Some YA books do have simplified text, but so do a lot of well-regarded adult fiction (Hemingway, anyone?). Still, sometimes I like to play a game called YA or Not? So, which of the following do you think is from a YA novel? What’s from an adult novel?


  1. We’re kindling amid lightning strikes, a lit match and dry wood, fire danger signs and a forest waiting to be burned.

  2. People see what they want to see and what people want to see never has anything to do with the truth.


The first is from Nicola Yoon’s THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR while the second is from Roberto Bolaño’s 2666. Only three out of the eight coworkers I asked got the answer correct.


So if anything in this article has piqued your interest, come to Not YA Mama’s Book Club starting this January! Still not convinced YA is for you? That’s totally fine as well, but feel free to swing by the store and chat. I love talking with customers about all sorts of books and would be completely happy to help you pick out a YA novel. I firmly believe there’s a YA book for everyone. Maybe in this book club, you’ll find yours!

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