Ah yes, how the book debates rages on:
“WHY are so many adults refusing to grow up and reading YA?”
“WHY aren’t these young people reading the classics, like I had to do when I was in school?”
“WHY are children these days so messed up? Well, I can tell you why! It’s because they don’t have enough James Joyce in their lives!”
Time has released its “100 Best YA Books of All Time” list, and it’s sure to make some readers scratch their heads, others gnash their teeth in a rage to discover that their favorite book didn’t make the cut. I was more surprised by the lack of authors I thought should be on the list, rather than individual books.
As my college Children’s Lit professor stated, “I’m not sure how Time came up with this list of “best” YAL books, but it interested me nevertheless. I was pleased that I have read most of the Top 50, but from there on, I was unfamiliar with most of the rest. At the end of the list, you have a chance to indicate which is THE best book, but I wouldn’t even attempt that. There are too many fine ones on the list to make that possible. (I would rather see an alphabetical list of the hundred, rather than a ranking.) Am I correct, that Chris Crutcher appears only once on the list? Disappointing. I’m sure I can think of other omissions from the list if I think about it long enough.”
Take a look for yourself, and comment below if your favorite is missing!