“I feel like young adult literature is a misnomer. Calling it ‘literature’ gives it too much credit.”
“I don’t want to teach YA. I went into teaching so I could teach real literature.”
“I might use YA with middle schoolers, but I’d never use it with older students. It wouldn’t have anything to offer them.”
In 2014, Slate contributor Ruth Graham caused an uproar in internet book circles when she wrote an article unambiguously entitled “Against YA: Adults Should Be Embarrassed to Read Children’s Books”. Besides perceptions of YAL’s sentimentality and simplicity, others have voiced concerns over its subversive content, such as sexuality and drug use. These concerns have led young adult books to be frequently banned and challenged according to the American Library Association.
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