Part of the resulting discussions from the Wall Street Journal Darkness Too Visible article is what Young Adult books were around “back when I was a teenager.” I’ve also read people comment that the existence of Young Adult books somehow prevents teens from reading non-young-adult books, that is, adult books.
I was born in the mid 1960s. So, that meant I was a “young adult” from the late 70s to the mid 80s. During that time, I read everything: children’s books, teen books, and adult books. I read old and new titles. I read classics and crap.
I found what I read in bookstores (suburban New Jersey), such as Walden Books. There were some things in the library. The school libraries had an odd mix of books — just as odd as the books I liked reading! My high school library had Stephen King and Lenora Mattingly Weber.
Young adult authors and books that I read as a young adult. For some, such as Ellen Emerson White, I continued to look for and read books by her even when I got older.
Grounding of Group 6 by Julian Thompson.
Tell Me If the Lovers are Losers by Cynthia Voigt. Based on the date, it looks like I read this in college not high school.
It’s a week of 90s temperatures here, so that’s it for now! Check out this website, Cliquey Pizza 3, for a mix of middle grade and YA books from the 80s, with covers I recognize.
Were you a teen reading in the 1970s and 1980s? What YA books did you read? If you didn’t, do the books I mention (or others in the comments or links) ring a bell at all?
Edited to add: A few of us were talking about these books using the Twitter hashtag #80sYA. So, you can search/tweet there.