See, I love YA but I can't exactly relate to falling in love with two boys who may or may not have supernatural abilities and just not being able to decide which one I want to be with forever and ever! I can't relate to going to high school (any more) and being bullied or going to parties or dances. Yes, I remember being a teenager. So, reading YA is like a trip down memory lane; a bit of nostalgia. But when I can connect with a character who's dealing with issues I might very well be dealing with...well, there's just something so wonderful about it.
I read a book this month with a character who was struggling with fertility issues. I have fertility issues too so I could totally relate! It was like the author had secretly followed me around and was able to read my innermost thoughts and feelings and then write about them. It was heartbreaking and comforting at the same time to know that this character wasn't based on me but on the thousands of other woman out there just like me. And we all feel the same. So, yes, it was sad but I felt understood and validated in my sometimes crazy thinking.
So,yeah. I like these adult books. (mostly contemporary literature) They are relatable and isn't that what we all love in a good book? Being able to relate to a character? It's not impossible in YA but it's a heck of a lot easier in adult books cause, well, I'm an adult.
What says you? Have you noticed this too or do you still completely relate to YA and think I'm an old, stodgy, fuddy duddy?