Stay Forever Young with YA Lit!

Hello, book lovers!

Are you an adult who loves to read Young Adult literature? Or wanting to dive into a new genre known for its diversity, beautiful writing, and innovative stories? The Forever Young Adult Book Club has a new meeting night! Join us on Monday, September 11 at 7 PM in the Local History room to talk about your favorite YA literature! We also now have a Meetup group on Meetup.com where you can stay up-to-date on our meetings.

Here is a little bit about each of our upcoming featured books for the fall!

September 11
Enchanted Air by Margarita Engle
Poetry memoir

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Margarita is a girl from two worlds. Her heart lies in Cuba, her mother’s tropical island country, a place so lush with vibrant life that it seems like a fairy tale kingdom. But most of the time she lives in Los Angeles, lonely in the noisy city and dreaming of the summers when she can take a plane through the enchanted air to her beloved island. Words and images are her constant companions, friendly and comforting when the children at school are not. Then a revolution breaks out in Cuba. Margarita fears for her far-away family. When the hostility between Cuba and the United States erupts at the Bay of Pigs Invasion, Margarita’s worlds collide in the worst way possible. How can the two countries she loves hate each other so much? And will she ever get to visit her beautiful island again? In this poetic memoir, Margarita Engle, the first Latina woman to receive a Newbery Honor, tells of growing up as a child of two cultures during the Cold War. –Goodreads

October 9
And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich
Horror

And the Trees Crept In

When Silla and Nori arrive at their aunt’s home, it’s immediately clear that the manor is cursed. The endless creaking of the house at night and the eerie stillness of the woods surrounding them would be enough of a sign, but there are secrets too—questions that Silla can’t ignore: Why does it seem that, ever since they arrived, the trees have been creeping closer? Who is the beautiful boy who’s appeared from the woods? And who is the tall man with no eyes who Nori plays with in the basement at night… a man no one else can see? –Goodreads

November 13
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Contemporary fiction

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Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be. –Goodreads

December 11
Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky
Contemporary fiction

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Four fan-girls of The Ruperts, sneak away to a hotel in Manhattan to see their favorite boy band, but when one of them literally drags Rupert Pierpont to their room and they tie him up, things get complicated–and when Rupert is killed things go from bad to worse.

Hope to see you there!

-ES

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7 Reasons Adults Should Read YA

Hey, readers! Did you know Fountaindale started a book club for adults who love Young Adult literature? Well, now you do! Our book clubs page has all the info you need to get involved, be you a Hunger Games fanatic, John Green buff, or Rainbow Rowell fangirl.

There are so many great reasons why adults love to read YA, but here are 7 of them, in case you want to get started yourself, or in case you just need a reminder of how awesome YA is!

1. Beautiful writing

Although you may not find complex Dickensian or stark Hemingway-an(?) writing, you will find some of the most poetic and quotable prose out there at the moment. There’s no wonder people keep making posters of YA quotes to hang on their walls. It’s just so beautiful!

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2. Diverse characters

Diversity is growing by leaps and bounds in literature, and honestly, it’s the YA genre that’s leading the way. From LGBTQ+ reads to Black Lives Matter-inspired books, YA has taken great strides to represent historically underrepresented characters in literature.

3. SO. MANY. GENRES.

YA lit is a category of literature geared towards young adult audiences, and that’s literally the only requirement for a book to be YA. That means each and every genre is represented within YA: sci-fi, fantasy, romance, horror, historical fiction, realistic fiction, urban fiction – you name it, there is something for EVERYBODY.

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4. Innovation

Some of the most innovative books I have read are in the YA genre. Most YA authors don’t feel the need to conform to any set of literary rules, so they are free to experiment with form and genre as much as they want. For example, some YA books, like Winter Town and I Am Princess X, are fusions of novels and graphic novels together. Others, like The Illuminae Files, are stories told in non-narrative formats: try a sci-fi epic written purely as a case file of emails, IMS, security reports, and court records. Genius!

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From Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

5. No fear

Despite being written for younger people, YA books tackle hard-hitting issues. YA is not afraid to address sexual abuse, depression, etc., and YA books grapple with the harshness of life while remaining accessible to a younger audience. So if you like serious issues, but don’t like the way adult literature portrays them, YA might be a better fit!

6. Freshness

If you’re looking for fresh new voices, YA is full of them. It’s also just great to stay up-to-date with what the young’ins are into these days.

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7. Just plain fun

Seriously. YA books can be quite the page-turners. They can be exciting, hilarious, or heart-wrenching, and sometimes all 3 in one. If you start, you’ll only want more.

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So what are you waiting for??

-ES

New Book Club! Forever Young Adult

Fountaindale is excited to announce the start of a new book club in March of 2017! “Forever Young Adult” is a book club for those 18 and older who love to read Young Adult Literature!

Many of us know that Young Adult Literature is definitely NOT just for young adults! Loved Harry Potter? The Hunger Games? Even Twilight? (If so, that’s okay, we won’t tell anyone!) Or maybe you are a John Green buff who read The Fault in Our Stars the day it came out. Or maybe you haven’t read a YA book in your life but are curious as to what all the fuss is about! From super-fans to causal readers to newbies, this club is for YOU.

Young Adult literature might be easier to read than adult fiction, but as a genre, it is known for its creative, out-of-the-box concepts, emotional resonance, and memorable characters. This is why so many adults enjoy reading “YA” lit. Where else can you find books entirely written as case files or love letters to someone long dead? New and innovative ways of storytelling are being published in YA all the time – even genres like nonfiction and poetry are gaining ground in YA. The Forever Young Adult book club plans to explore the latest hits in the YA genre and participate in engaging discussions about the texts we read.

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First up for the new book club is our March read: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. Rainbow Rowell has become one of the biggest names in YA over the last few years, and Eleanor & Park is arguably her best YA novel. Here is a brief synopsis:

Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.

Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

Even if you absolutely will never be caught dead with a love story, this book will surprise you. Far from ooey-gooey romance, the book is filled with witty quips and awesome 80s references. It’s funny, poignant, and adorable all at the same time.

The Forever Young Adult Book Club will meet every 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Board Room, starting with our first meeting on March 8th. No registration is necessary! To reserve your copy of Eleanor & Park, you can call Adult and Teen Services at 630-685-4176 or visit the 3rd Floor Reference Desk!