I Heart YA Carnival

Yay! Suze Reese is hosting a fantastic carvinal on why we LOVE YA!! Check out her blog here. The prompt this week is:

My First YA Book? Yikes!!! Where do I start?



The first YA books I can remember reading are The Babysitter's Club books. I LOVED those! I gobbled them up. I remember during summers walking to our small town library and just getting all the books I could, which also included Goosebumps, The Giver and Number the Stars by Lois Lowry, Walk Two Moons, Harry Potter, yes, that's a given.....

But in case you haven't caught on by now--THEY'RE ALL MIDDLE GRADE! What? Are you telling me I didn't read as a teenager! Lol. I didn't read as much, mostly Harry Potter and some adult fantasy series'. I'm pretty sure my mom and I hit up all the HP midnight parties! :)

What really got me into YA is Twilight. I think it the first book to ever suck me in and make me want to flip back to page one the minute I finished it! And then I think I read the whole series about nine times in a row. NINE! Something was seriously wrong with me, lol! After that I couldn't get enough YA. First romances, friendships, betrayals, teen angst...YES!!! And I've always wanted to be a writer, but it was Twilight that clicked it for me--yeah, I could do this.

So Stephenie Meyer, though you receive lots of criticism for using the word brooding over and over, and how Edward broods broodingly with his smoldering eyes, and how Bella has got to be one of the weakest protagonists out there (which, sorry I kind of agree, I don't really like Bella), thanks for writing an awesome series!!!


What about you? What's your first YA novel?

11 comments

Kelley said...

I have no idea what my first YA novel was. But I have read a lot of them.

And I have to agree...there are many parts about the Twilight series that I didn't prefer, but overall the series is great. :)

Suze Reese said...

Great post! My daughter's devoured babysitters. And love or hate Meyers, I totally give her credit for introducing an entire generation of girls to reading. She does a lot of things wrong, but what she does really well is express emotion, and that's the goal for all us writers! Thanks so much for joining the carnival!

J. A. Bennett said...

It was kind of twilight for me as well :)

Leigh Covington said...

I completely love Twilight AND the Babysitters Club! Oh man... Babysitters Club - those were the days! And Twilight rocks. I'm not a huge Bella fan, but still - Stephanie Meyer broke out a whole new "everything" with this series and it's sad she gets so much criticism for it. Ah-well. Fabulous choices Cortney.

Christine Murray said...

I loved The Babysitter's Club, Sweet Valley High books and Judy Blume. And I loved the first three Twilight books.

The series that made me decide to write YA though, was Vampire Academy.

Shallee said...

It's true that most "YA" back in the day was middle grade. I don't think YA really came about until the last decade or so. I loved The Giver when I was younger-- it's still one of my favorites, even though it's MG!

Morgan said...

I Loooooooved Baby Sitter's club!!!!!! Serious! Cortney, we're totally the same person! And I'll publicly admit that I loved Twilight too... I did. There's a magic in those books that's undeniable. ;)

Cortney Pearson said...

Thanks, everybody! Yes, Stephenie Meyer jumpstarted a phenomenon! @Suze, she is such a master of emotion! @Leigh, it is sad that she gets so much criticism for it!!! @Christine, I've never read the Vampire Academy, but I'd like to. @Shallee, The Giver is definitely one of my faves too! @Morgan, yay for twinners!!! :)

Chantele Sedgwick said...

I love Twilight too. I feel bad she gets so much criticism. She opened so many doors for the rest of us! Shannon Hale's books are some of my favorites as well! :) And I loved The Babysitters Club!

R. J. Ropsen said...

The first YA Adult series I can remember reading was the Boxcar Children. I loved those books! I still read YA books now. It is my favorite genre. There are so many wonderful books out there that I am definitely hooked!

David P. King said...

I'm not quite sure what my first YA was. I want to say The Goose Girl, but there is a MG flavor about it.

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