Friday, September 10, 2010

Young Adult Fiction?

My s-i-l gave me The Reluctant Heiress by Eva Ibbotson. I adored the book. It was so well-written I even read the scenery description (I usually speed read all description). I'm excited to read other books by Eva Ibbotson, but I thought it was interesting that they are selling this book as a YA when the heroine was in her 20s, the hero over 30. Am I confused about the parameters of YA? I wonder if The Reluctant Heiress is YA because it was a clean romance. Whatever the book is shelved under, The Reluctant Heiress is a deligthful read. Inside the cover they suggested some other authors with similar styles (I'm hoping that means they're also clean, well-written romances that are interesting to adults as well as youth). Here's the list: Anne Osterlund Jacqueline Woodson Bette Greene Micol Ostow Sarah Dessen Please add your own suggestions in the comments section. Thanks!


  1. That's a great question--and I have no idea what the answer is!

    I do know that I've read "The Countess Below Stairs" by Ibbotson and I agree--she is a fantastic writer. I loved the writing, the characters, the plot and was only disappointed by some parts that weren't as clean as I'd expected. Nothing graphic or explicit, but just enough that I wouldn't buy it or recommend it without reservation.

    I'm excited to give one of her other novels a try...

  2. That's interesting because "The Reluctant Heiress" was very clean.

  3. Her books are fabulous- but stay away from A Song for Summer. The characters are morally bankrupt and I couldn't believe it was even written by Eva.

  4. Thanks, Brenda. That's good to know. Hopefully that's not the one I picked up yesterday!

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