BUT! What you might not have realized from my steady stream of (at times) incoherent ramblings is that this has not always been the case. Don't believe me? Exhibit A: In high school, my reading list leaned decided toward adult mysteries and suspense novels. Dean Koontz. Jame Patterson. Erica Spindler. Mary Higgins Clark. John Saul. Just to name a few. Of course, all that mystery was seasoned liberally with historical romances,* not to mention the undisputed queen of the night and vampire novels everywhere, Anne Rice.
So, where was the YA? Sadly, in those days, my opinion of young adult novels was pretty low. Yes, there was RL Stine and Christopher Pike and LJ Smith, but for a reader as voracious as I was even back then, those skinny little 150-200 page books that always always always ended with an HEA (happily ever after) just weren't my cup o' tea. We all know how I like my tragic, or at the very least, bittersweet endings.
There are just so many young adults books about there today that I really wish had been out back in my "young adult" days. Which brings me to this week's Friday Five (bet you thought I'd never get to it, huh?)