So here’s the update on Yearning for YA, as promised. The first genre we covered in my Young Adult Literature course was realistic fiction.
While I’m into all types of genres now, realistic fiction is one of the main genres that pulled me into the world of reading growing up. As a kid, I particularly enjoyed Judy Blume’s Fudge series. It was the first book series I remember being fully invested in. (Jenny Nimmo followed that.)
What I think can really make realistic fiction impactful is using a real-world setting, but keeping the events of the story interesting and suspenseful, that way it’ll be harder for the reader to put the book down. Another realistic fiction book we read (The Crossover) wasn’t my favorite, but the events of the story created enough tension that I did find it hard to put the book down.
I think realistic fiction is highly valued in the young adult literary world. Because, in the end, we always want to return home.