What is Young Adult Literature?

(from Literature for Today’s Young Adults by Kenneth L. Donelson and Alleen Nilsen)


Common Characteristics:


·       Conflicts are often consistent with the young adult’s experience –  strong, believable plot; not predictable

·       Themes are of interest to young people – family relationships, friends and society, racial and ethnic relationships, body and self, sexual relationships

·       Protagonists and most characters are young adults

·       The language parallels the language of young people

·       The novels are generally shorter than “adult” fiction

·       The diction and syntax are appropriate for the age of the reader