By Liz Waun
Teen literature is fiction written for (and about) adolescents and young adults. According to the American Library Association, the common age range for young adult fiction is 12- to 18-years-old. It is not uncommon, however, to have fans of teen literature be younger or much older than 12 to 18.
Notable authors like Rick Riordan, Sarah Dessen, Gary Paulsen, Darren Shan and Walter Dean Myers write for this age group.
Teen literature brings young protagonists to life and places them in real-world and fantastic situations. In Whatever Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen, a 17-year-old named Mclean deals with her parents’ bitter divorce by reinventing herself at each new school she attends.
All of the genres are represented in teen fiction, including mysteries, fantasies, science fiction and historical fiction. In Feed, a science fiction novel by M.T. Anderson, a teenager named Titus lives in a world where humans have an Internet feed running through their brains at all times.