Ya’ll might have seen me squeeing around the internet about YALLFest lately, and you may have noticed that giant banner on my sidebar announcing Beth Revis‘ mega YA-giveaway. How do you enter? Click on the banner and it will take you to Beth’s blog for more details. There are tons of ways to enter, and one of them is to blog about why you love YA.
And do you know why I love YA? It’s not for the fun, quick reads. It’s not because I can get lost in the worlds and writing, or because I could connect with the characters when I was younger (and still can…let’s face it: I’m not really an adult yet ;P). It’s not even for the swoon-worthy love interests, because honestly I’m 30 and they’re usually 16-18, and that’s just kind of weird…
No, the reason I love YA is because of the community. I’ve met so many wonderful people through the YA community on Twitter, Google+ and blogging. Its brought me amazing friendships through critique auctions, Platform Building Campaigns, #myWANA, GUTGAA, and (most recently) YALLFest.
And you know what? Even thought NAMELESS isn’t YA, these authors have been super supportive. They cheered me on as I finished the last re-write (and are cheering me on again as I finish the current re-write). They commiserated with me when I was told to re-write it. They supported me when my heart decided to go insane and I didn’t know what was wrong, and they held my hand and encouraged me when I found out I have heart surgery looming in my future.
So yes, as much as I love the characters, the worlds, and the storylines of YA literature, it’s the community that makes me really love YA. It’s you guys. Because I seriously couldn’t have gotten through the past year without you. Love you, Aledans.
What’s your favorite part of YA?