More recently I have been reading Young Adult (YA) novels because, whilst I wait to see how my Singapore book does in a competition, I'm busy planning out an idea for a teen romance novel. Some of the books I have been reading to help with this are: Trouble by Non Pratt, The Secret History of Us by Jessie Kirby, 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson, How I live Now by Meg Rosoff, Girl Missing by Sophie McKenzie, Margot and Me by Juno Dawson, You Don't Know Me by Sophia Bennett and A sky Painted Gold by Laura Wood. They are all very different to one another and not just because they are set in different times and places.
Reading lots in this genre is helping me think about the differences in writing for an older audience. I'm going to have to learn to: slow down, get inside my characters heads more, not over-explain and watch the language that I use to make sure I'm not patronising my readers. Tough learning curve, but I'm going to give it a go and step out of my comfort zone.
Quick reminder that I don't, as a rule, review books I have read on my blog, but I do usually review on Goodreads. If you'd like to know my thoughts on a book head on over to Goodreads, find the book and look for my review. Obviously well known books get lots of reviews so you might have to do some digging to find mine. Happy reading everyone!
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