I am not really a kid anymore and still read YA. I have noticed tho that a lot of the people I meet on ya book blogs aren't even in their 20's anymore. What do you think YA offers to them? Wouldn't the situations releate more to teenagers?
I work in a bookstore, so my reasoning for reading current YA fiction is to know what's out there. I can recommend any classics from my own time as a YA, but that doesn't always cut it. Also, having a child, I'm more interested in what topics are being written about now compared to when I was that age. Are there similarities, differences? What do I need to educate myself about now, so when my son becomes that age, I'm not completely in the dark about that age group.
YA tends to be a little more calm, less sex and violence. That's the reason why I read it. In addition YA is a good genre for reviewing because you pull in all the Google hits from young students looking up information for book reviews.
Yea, I do not really see YA as a category, fiction is fiction to me...if it is a good engaging story that is all that matters to me. Some of my favorites (that I still read to this day) are: Alice in Wonderland, Phantom Toolbooth, Twilight Series, Chronicles of Narnia..I still adore childrens and YA books.
I often find the young adult nonfiction books to be helpful in explaining things if I need a very basic overview of a subject. They tend to be better illustrated and give clearer explanations than many adult books.