Young Adult Fiction Trends

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According to the 3rd Edition of Best Books for Young Adults, book sales for U.S. teens rose more than 20% between 1999 and 2005.  The popularity of urban fantasy in particular has also skyrocketed, thanks in part to the successes of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series and Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. 

In a recent About.com interview, Kim Patton, president of the Young Adult Library Services Association, made this 2011 prediction: “Generally, books with supernatural aspects hold a lot of appeal to teens.  Fantasy books continue to be popular.  Romances and urban fiction are quickly gaining must-read status.  Urban fiction is getting more and more popular, whether teens live in the big city or in small towns.  At my library, we have a lot of teens who can’t wait for the next supernatural thriller (zombies, ghosts, vampires, etc.).”