how do you define YA? They asked their readers to contribute their thoughts to craft the ultimate definition of YA. I did, and guess what? They liked me, they really liked me!
I am one of three contributors whose responses were merged into one ultimate YA definition:
If youth was measured by a clock, and the end were to occur when both
hands struck twelve, then YA stories are those that take place
between 11:59 and a couple seconds after midnight. They end when the
protagonist has a foot – or maybe just a toe – planted on both sides of
the innocence/experience fence. First or third person, present or past
tense can all be YA. What is important is the immediacy of the story and
the point of view of the teen. YA lit speaks to the teenager, current
or past, in its readers, regardless of the protagonist’s age.
Can you tell which sentences were mine? Without clicking and peeking?