Don't get me wrong--I love books for adults--light and funny books for adults (I'm not grown up enough yet for the literary drearies)--but I am finding that I get more excited about books for Young Adults. An obvious example is the Twilight series, but I also very much enjoyed The Gemma Doyle Trilogy by Libba Bray, I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart...and on and on.
I'm currently reading my third Maureen Johnson novel, Suite Scarlett, and I am loving it--the characters and humor are awesome, and the setting, a 'jewel box of a hotel' in NYC is eclectic and fun. I've heard blogging rumors that there'll be a sequel, and all I can say is that I hope so.
My other new favorite literary heroine is Kiki Strike, a totally original, kick-butt teenage girl with a very interesting past. In book one of the series, she manages, with minimal effort, to corral a posse of talented girls (Girl Scout rejects who adopt the name The Irregulars) to explore a secret underground city beneath NYC and use their skills to fight the sort of crimes that baffle the local authorities. Creator Kirsten Miller is, in my opinion, a genius--and an elusive one at that. Kiki Strike has a blog, but Ms. Miller is keeping a very low profile.
I'm beginning to think that I like YA so much because there's so much room for possibility. Lives are wide-open, and oddball happenings don't seem nearly so far-fetched in the life of a teen--more the norm. I'm actually starting to wonder if there's anything I could do with this obsession (other than start a blog reviewing YA, which doesn't actually sound so bad...)