I don’t remember any kind of “Young Adult” fiction from when I was a teen. Looking at the YA market as it is today I wish there had been such a thing. Not that I didn’t find stuff to read back then, I did, but there are so many interesting YA titles out now that (while I will most certainly enjoy them as an adult) I would have liked to experience in my younger days.
The essay is by Margo Rabb and appeared on July 20th and is well worth a read for those interested in reading and literature. Sherman Alexie (whose Indian Killer is one my favorite novels) has perhaps the most interesting, and perhaps unsettling quote, of the piece:
“One person asked me, ‘Wouldn’t you have rather won the National Book Award for an adult, serious work?’ I thought I’d been condescended to as an Indian — that was nothing compared to the condescension for writing Y.A.”
Interesting stuff. The essay can be found here, so head on over and take a look.