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‘Very Realistic Young Adult Fiction’ is Not a Thing – Should it Be?


Young Adult fiction is a twenty-first century phenomenon. Of course books aimed at kids and young adults isn’t new, but the enthusiasm with which it is celebrated by the young and not so young is certainly a mark of our times.

I’m a geek, not a literature critic (dammit, Jim!) so I’m not going to go into the relative merits of modern ‘YA’ fiction, but I know a good hashtag meme when I see one, and #VeryRealisticYA has been giving me the giggles now for several days.

The hashtag was started by a teenage YA writer – and while it’s fun to mock clichés – it’s got an important point to make about diversity.

Here’s a selection of some of the best? Want more? Find them yourself – or contribute your own!

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