Resourceful Teens Will Always Find Books To Read

November 19, 2014 2:10 PM

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When I was a teenager, what I most wanted to read were fantasy novels. Not Tolkien and Malory, but sword-and-sorcery pulp. I craved glowy blue magic, chainmail bikinis, dragons with unpronounceable names. Today I might head into the young adult section to find these stories, but this was the nineteen-eighties, and my dark elves and magical longbows were found only in the adult area of the library. Was I reading young adult? No idea. I didn't need to answer that question back then. All I had to do was enjoy the book.

Over a typical day, the teen me read The Odyssey for school, skimmed Her Pirate Lover for the sex scenes, and read the Elfstones of Shannara until I fell asleep. None of those books was published as young adult, and yet I can see why I was pulled to all three -- feeling the satisfaction of finishing...

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