Monday, February 9, 2015

The Value of Contemporary YA

Speculative YA fiction tells teenagers we can save the world. Contemporary tells us we don't have to. We can be queens and warriors and superheroes, but we can also be ourselves.
Contemporary tells us our passions and problems are real.
Contemporary tells us it's okay to have a world built of crushes and soccer tournaments.
Contemporary tells us we're not alone when we battle gritty issues like depression, eating disorders, or dying loved ones.
Contemporary tells us our friend drama and family troubles are legitimate struggles.
Speculative fiction lets us dream, but contemporary is vindicating.

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