young adult books in school

looking back on my high school english classes, only one book stands out to me as having been young adult. that would have been s.e. hinton’s the outsiders. ok, we probably did quite a few more over the years, but that’s the one that comes to mind right away. plus, my memory’s been shot ever since i got into this crazy writing thing, so there’s that.

the outsiders floored me. the angst, the drama, the names (sodapop! ponyboy!). i looooved that book. so much so that i wish i could drop the “stay gold, ponyboy, stay gold” quote courtesy of johnny cade more often in conversation without looking absolutely idiotic.

wow. i just realized this post has totally and utterly dated me. hah.

soooo…five years from now, what ya books from today might be studied? in ten years?

(oh, and check out fellow ya author ellen oh’s post on naysayers at my group blog, friday the thirteeners. yours truly is up next week for truth or dare!)

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4 thoughts on “young adult books in school

  1. I hope that The Giver is still studied in schools in ten years–and I kind of think it will be. It’s lasted 15 years so far. I never studied it in mine, but I know a lot of teachers do teach it.

    And I actually just did a school talk where the entire school had to read The Hunger Games, which I thought was awesome. It’d be pretty cool to see some commercial YA get some love in schools, alongside the more literary books.

  2. Hi Megan! I never knew they did The Giver, but I’ve heard excellent things about it (um, it’s still on my TBR list, shameful, I know!). And THG makes total sense. I actually think we did Lord of the Flies, too!

  3. I think there is a certain undeniable mystery in regards to what current YA will survive the next few decades. It’s interesting to contemplate–what books stick around, and why. Personally, I think Rosoff’s “How I Live Now” will still be around…

    • Hi April! It’s weird to imagine just what YA is even going to be like in 10 years. Remember how huge chick-lit was a few years ago? I don’t there will be the same kind of drop-off, more of a spinning off into all kinds of areas, more extreme ones. Nothing’s going to be off limits (which I think would be awesome!) *off to look up “How I Live Now*

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