Lately I've been thinking about how inspiring young adult books are. They don't necessarily even try to be.
Welcome to the Darkhouse by Laurie Faria Stolarz (which I will review soon!) is what actually got me thinking about this. She wrote a horror novel for teens. I mean reading Welcome to the Darkhouse is almost like sitting and watching Scream or Chucky or any of the hundreds of horror movies that come out each year, but the two quotes that I marked down from it had nothing to do with fear. They were about being yourself and being more than what you are.
The whole book is about fear! But Stolarz still managed to make me think about how I choose to react to situations and how I will cut the real me out of things when I want people to approve.
These are the two quotes:
Give yourself permission. Live your own life, make your own choices.
What can this moment teach me?
Nothing at all to do with fear or serial killers or haunted amusement parks. But so empowering and inspiring on their own. And I think that's what I love about YA books. They continue to surprise me each time. Sure, they might have their own tropes and some of them are pure fluff, but I'm surprised by the depth I find in them when I'm not expecting it.
What have you read lately, lovelies? What's surprised you? Let me know in the comments!