So, I've seen people post videos and things where they discuss how they aren't too old to read YA. Well, I feel like that's great and all, but I have to discuss Middle-Grade and the floople (a word which here means bad things people say about people who read MG) we get based on it.
I'm sixteen and I can safely say that all the books on my top 10 favorite books list are MG* (don't get me wrong, I have read YA) People typically try to tell me that I should be liking YA and that MG is getting to be too young for me. But you know what? I just don't care. I like these books, and for me, it doesn't matter that the typical age-range for MG is 8-12.
Now, what is YA and what is MG (for those of you who don't know)
YA is a term which here means Young Adult literature and the books that fall into the category are books like THE HUNGER GAMES, DIVERGENT, and THE MAZE RUNNER. The normal character age range is 14-19. I have read some good books in that section, but I like to stay away because they're normally filled with cliches and tropes that I'm just sick of.
MG is a term which here means Middle Grade literature and the books that fall into this category are books like HARRY POTTER, PERCY JACKSON, and THE 39 CLUES. The normal character age range for these is 10-14. I prefer these because (while there are ones with cliches, trust me) they don't usually have all these dumb romance tropes that no one likes.
I think I realized when I was maybe 11 that I didn't like YA. I had read THG, DIVERGENT, TMR, and TFIOS (my feelings on these last 3 are very mixed now) but I couldn't really find any other ones. And it wasn't that I didn't understand it, because I understood it perfectly fine, I just didn't like it anymore. Then I got introduced to MG again. I read THE 39 CLUES (my feelings on this one is very mixed now) and it made me fall in love with MG literature.
Up until I was 13, at Barnes & Noble on my birthday I was able to get a free pastry at the cafe inside the store, when I turned 13 I received 20% off on my next book purchase. But here was the catch: It could only be in the teen section. I thought that was really dumb so I bought a teen book, then returned it so I could get a MG book. And I had been doing that until this year when I decided to give YA a chance again. I decided to read ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell (why I thought reading a contemporary romance book was a good idea, idk) and I didn't really like it, so I exchanged it for REPLICA by Lauren Oliver (a book about clones which is right up my alley). *sighs* I just- I didn't like it. So, I exchanged it for IN OVER THEIR HEADS by Margaret Peterson Haddix (a MG book)
Idk, people just keep thinking that I'm too old for MG and I especially feel that way when I go check books out from the library or get books at Barnes & Noble since the MG books and the little kid books are together and it makes it look like I just walked into a kindergarten classroom.
*In case you actually cared about this part, here are my top 5 favorite books (NO ORDER):
1) MASTERMINDS by Gordan Korman
2) CHILDREN OF EXILE by Margaret Peterson Haddix
3) THE EXPLORERS: THE DOOR IN THE ALLEY by Adrienne Kress
4) RESTART by Gordon Korman
5) WHEN YOU REACH ME by Rebecca Stead
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