11 Ways You Know You're a YA Reader

Posted by Marie on September 6, 2018


YA books may feature teen heroes, but readers know that these rebels with a cause can be enjoyed at any age. We asked the genre's biggest fans on Facebook and Twitter to finish this sentence: You know you’re a YA reader when… Below is a list of some of the most popular comments. Let us know which one is your favorite, and don’t forget to tell us what makes you a YA reader!


1. "Someone tells someone to do something and you volunteer as tribute," says Annie.

2. "You sort all of your favorite fictional characters into their Hogwarts houses," says NerdyMom.

3. "You start wondering what secret abilities people have as they pass you by," says Bluestocking Circle.

4. "You're reading the same series as your kid," says Kelly.

5. "You know that 14-year-olds are really smart and capable of overthrowing just about anything," says Shelly.

6. "You 'let go of a breath you didn't realize you were holding,'" says Megan.

7. "You buy books for your teens, but they're really for you," says Rachael.

8. "You're looking for Alaska," says Roxi.

9."You hear 'Always' and think Snape; you hear 'The odds are against you' and think Katniss; you hear 'Diverge' and think Tris; you hear 'Okay' and think Hazel and Gus," says TheRightLeftBlog.

10. "You roll your eyes at love triangles, adorkable boys, princesses, overthrowing-the-government plots, and angst, but eagerly pick up the next book hoping for more!" says Laurel.

11. "You're 67 and you still think YA contains some of the best writing available," says Bonnie.



Which of these responses speak to the YA reader in you? Let us know in the comments!

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message 1: by Sai Sruthi (new)

Sai Sruthi Ha Ha Ha
Totally describes me but then its not long since I've been a YA myself.


Frank-Intergalactic Bookdragon You know your a YA reader when . . . you read YA


message 3: by Joey (new)

Joey Rambles You know you're a YA reader when you keep telling yourself you've got to read more Adult books, and you do, but you always find yourself coming back to YA. It's like a relationship that never goes out of style!


message 4: by Tina ➹ (new)

Tina ➹ the girl who lives in Fandoms (Book.Enchantress) omg! yes! so true! XD <3


message 5: by Mission Blue (new)

Mission Blue Number 9 is so accurate!!!!


message 6: by Sandra (new)

Sandra No 11 is the closest 🙂


♠️ TABI ♠️ I feel called out by number 10 😂


message 8: by lunar.euphoria (new)

lunar.euphoria Number 6 and 8 has me dying


message 9: by Ashley (new)

Ashley You know you're a YA reader when you sneak in quotes from your favorite books and characters in class ;)


message 10: by Vanessa (new)

Vanessa Neves Number 10 describes me to a t. I go through phases, but when I come back to YA I simply fall in love all over again :)


message 11: by Laura E. Mackey (new)

Laura E. Mackey I am very close to #11 (not a hastag). I just know when reading YA books they will be very rewarding and wish I had grown up as these characters.


message 12: by Deb (new)

Deb Reddy #4 for sure!


message 13: by Kristen (new)

Kristen lol #6


message 14: by Emily (new)

Emily Cox Number 6!!! 😂😂😂


message 15: by Jerri (last edited Sep 06, 2018 08:02AM) (new)

Jerri Lynn Joey wrote: "You know you're a YA reader when you keep telling yourself you've got to read more Adult books, and you do, but you always find yourself coming back to YA. It's like a relationship that never goes ..."

truer words were never spoken XD lol!


message 16: by WriterLadyNYC (new)

WriterLadyNYC Definitely #5!

5. "You know that 14-year-olds are really smart and capable of overthrowing just about anything," says Shelly.

They are our future! I think one of the things that keeps me sucked in is how much hope the books give me.


message 17: by Audrey (new)

Audrey C I am 14 and can confirm that we do overthrow things. I’ve already overthrown my first tyrannical regime and am planning my next :)


message 18: by carinne (new)

carinne Ive been promising myself I'd read more adult books but when i went to my bookshelf I only had two, neither of which I wanted to read.


Cara's Craftsations Yeah, I'm definitely number ten.


message 20: by Kathryn (new)

Kathryn Flagner 10 and 11 sum me up. Some of the best books currently being published are YA. Well written, thought provoking and entertaining.


message 21: by [deleted user] (new)

Although I'm not quite 67, number 11 speaks to me. I think many YA authors have an imagination beyond those of quite a few 5-year-olds. Also, for me personally, I know that I am a YA reader when I have read the complete Harry Potter series 3 times.


message 23: by Lexi (new)

Lexi Number 1


message 24: by Destiny (new)

Destiny Henderson Really cute! I'm #11 for sure. It's something about YA that I just adore amongst the cliches, love triangles, and whatnot.


message 25: by Joseph (new)

Joseph I know this list is just for fun, but anyone can be a YA reader. I read all types of genres and not just YA. Is there some sort of shame or stigma tied to reading YA books as an "adult"? Shouldn't be because there are hundreds of YA books that are great. Read what you enjoy & feel like reading and never be shy/embarrassed to read what you want.


message 26: by Charli-Anne (new)

Charli-Anne '"You know that 14-year-olds are really smart and capable of overthrowing just about anything," says Shelly. '

if you know that, then why do you still treat us like we're 8?


message 27: by Samantha (new)

Samantha #1 is so real. I still do this.


message 28: by Lorelei (new)

Lorelei #5 & #1 are the best in my opinoin


message 29: by Chris (new)

Chris Evans 12. If you have a two digit age that starts with a 1.


message 30: by Amy (new)

Amy I laughed out loud at work reading #6!


message 31: by Katya (new)

Katya Mogilevsky So.. basically, if you're a cringe-worthy teenager on Tumblr?


Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his) Katya wrote: "So.. basically, if you're a cringe-worthy teenager on Tumblr?"

THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT I THOUGHT.

Like, I enjoy YA. I read YA. But holy shit I felt like dying because these are 0% me. I wanted to die.


message 33: by Thea (new)

Thea Janowski This is so true! I mean... I'm glad that I'm not the only one thinking that the people around me might be mind readers and thinking some weird stuff on purpose and looking at their faces to see if they react. ;-)


message 34: by Katsuro (new)

Katsuro Ricksand Amy wrote: "I laughed out loud at work reading #6!"

So did I. And to be fair, I myself have let go of breaths I didn't know that I was holding many times.


message 35: by Dragonfly (new)

Dragonfly Number 9 literally describes me XD.


message 36: by Belinda (new)

Belinda I've loved reading YA since middle school & it's still my go-to genre when it comes to reading. Majority of the books I own are YA and there's no stopping now. <3


message 37: by Dragonfly (new)

Dragonfly Belinda wrote: "I've loved reading YA since middle school & it's still my go-to genre when it comes to reading. Majority of the books I own are YA and there's no stopping now. <3"

Same they will never get old.


message 38: by Jaye (new)

Jaye Berry Buzzfeed is shaking


message 39: by Hannah (new)

Hannah You know you are a YA reader when you gravitate toward the YA selection multiple times every time you visit the library.


message 40: by Hannah (new)

Hannah And when most of your favorite authors are YA writers (and Rick Riordan).


message 41: by Chris (new)

Chris B. (1 More Chapter) #11 applies except change it to a 42 year old Ravenclaw, Amity/Erudite guy. And most of the others apply to me as well. There is just something about YA that keeps pulling me back.


message 42: by Brittany (new)

Brittany The majority of the books I read are YA and I'm 26. I love The Mortal Instruments most.


message 43: by Heather (new)

Heather When you prefer them to Adult books where their version of romance makes you uncomfortable and you only wanted a sweet love story......


message 44: by Vikas (new)

Vikas I have lot of YA books and I am 35 now and will be 36 this month but will never be stopping reading YA as I still have lot of unread YA books and also I keep on buying them of course they are brilliant :) :P

Let be Keep on Reading YA


message 45: by Megan (new)

Megan 1. You go to the library/bookstore/whatever, pick out YA books, and read them.

Boom.

How did this list even get past one bullet point?


message 46: by Heather (new)

Heather This list is GREAT!!!!

My favorite is #4
"You're reading the same series as your kid."


message 47: by Cillian (new)

Cillian Number 6 is pure gold.


message 48: by Yuval (new)

Yuval Garber Hahaha number 6 😂😂😂


message 49: by Cillian (new)

Cillian Yuval wrote: "Hahaha number 6 😂😂😂"

She couldn't have thought it better; that is a typical YA expression.


message 50: by Philip (new)

Philip 12. You check the most prominent genre tag in your "read" shelf.


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