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Revisiting My Youth

by Julie, enjoying stunning weather in Somerville

Like many, many others I watched Enola Holmes on Netflix this week. I hadn’t realized that it was based on a series of books by Nancy Springer, the first of which is The Case of the Missing Marquess: An Enola Holmes Mystery. Though they are YA books, and I haven’t been a young adult for many, many years, I downloaded the book and started to read. And continued to read.

YA does not mean easy, or without complicated themes. Catcher in the Rye anyone? While the target readers are 12-18, the fact is that more than half of YA readers are adults. I hadn’t dipped into YA fiction recently, though many of my friends have. The themes of discovery, coming of age, and solving problems are universal. And helpful for those of us of a certain age who are thinking about changes in our life.

I love reading, and have for my entire life. I was drawn to mysteries early, so I think I missed some foundational reading. I loved the Chronicles of Narnia, though Daphne du Maurier came into my life around the same time.

Lately I’ve been reading a lot of non-fiction, learning, satiating curiosity on a number of subjects. Still, I’ve missed falling into another world and going on adventures. I could use that sort of escape, especially these days.

Who reads YA? What wonderful adventure can you recommend to me?

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