Last week, GC detailed the mounting resentment among parents towards “issues”-based YA fiction. This week, those “issues” get more interesting, thanks to the Wall Street Journal‘s contribution to the anti-YA genre of journalism:
One publisher is venturing beyond its titles on dragons and bunnies with “Claiming Georgia Tate,” about a 12-year-old girl whose father pressures her into a sexual relationship and makes her dress like a prostitute. In “Looking for Alaska,” prep-school students watch pornography and pass the time binge-drinking. Coming this fall is “Teach Me,” in which a male high-school teacher has sex with a student.
And kids seem to be responding.
Yeah, I bet they are. Or, as a college roommate of mine liked to say, “Your issues get tissues.”