No sex! No Incest. Maybe a kiss and some handholding, but that’s the limit. Young
Adult, also called YA fiction, tends to focus on issues such as developing sexuality,
negotiating education, bullying, identity, familial struggles, alcohol abuse, drug
abuse, depression, and even suicide, usually narrated with immediacy to a teenage
The definition of Young Adult fiction is increasingly being made fuzzy by certain
authors adding sex act descriptions into their stories–but it generally refers to
books written for 12- to 17-year-olds with 85% written in first person.
The issue of Young Adult YA novels has kept Lot's Cave bashful about expressing its
own fuddy-duddy opinions. Adults should feel totally embarrassed about reading literature
written for children. Yes, Young Adult would seem TABOO to adults. But the TABOO
is what Lot's Cave is all about. Consider:
The largest group of buyers in YA sales are between the ages 30 and 44 years old.
That’s the demographic for Lot's Cave, which is the reason you shouldn't be surprised
to see YA novels here. While Lot’s Cave does not sell to minors, Lot's Cave is infiltrated
completely with YA-loving adults, both online and in real life.
You see, today’s taboo YA, one gets constantly reminded, is worldly and adult-worthy.
It can be hard to remember how once upon a time adults felt embarrassed to be caught
reading a YA novel. Not because it’s bad—it is not. But it’s taboo because it was
written specifically for teenagers.
The once-negative conventional wisdom of the unacceptability of adults reading young-adult
YA fiction is no longer quite so taboo. Today, grown adults brandish their copies
of young teen novels in pride. Endless lists of YA novels adults should read can
now be found online; there’s even been a “YA campaign for confessional posts by adult
YA addicts, designed around grown-up YA fans.”
Nevertheless, reading YA fiction does not make of a good confession these days. An
old 2012 book survey by a respected market research firm found 55% of YA books are
bought by adults older than 18.
At the same time as young people leave the nest at increasingly older ages, today's
cultural definition of “young adult” now stretches virtually to age 30. Do you think
this might have something to do with this entire phenomenon?