Thursday, October 30, 2014


For the last few years, it seems like young adult fiction has ruled the publishing world. From the popularity of YA series like Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and The Twilight Saga, it seems that what is commonly referred to as young adult fiction appeals to a broader ranger of people than just young adults. In the updated edition of her book Writing Great Books for Young Adults, Regina L. Brooks covers some of the characteristics of the YA genre that seem to appeal to so many appeal. She introduces writers to the process of writing a young adult novel.

Of course, this is really a book about writing novels in general. Many of the concepts of writing a novel stay the same, regardless of the genre you're writing in. However, Brooks sprinkles in many key concepts that are specific to the YA genre throughout. Brooks takes writers through the process from an initial idea all the way to securing an agent and pursuing publishing. Everything in between is extremely helpful in terms of developing characters, story lines, and weaving all of the components of storytelling together into a coherent whole.

If you're interested in writing in the YA genre specifically, and more importantly if you're interested in connecting with a wide audience, this book will help you to develop the skills to move in the right direction.

Review copy provided by Sourcebooks

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