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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

A Teen Mother's Confession by Amy

So, when I first found my love of reading, it was when I was listening to Jim Dale reading Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling in the car. After awhile, I couldn't stand it, not being in the car, not hearing what came next. Well, I had to borrow the books from my son Austin. I could not stand not knowing what happened and how and when ~ HE WHO MUST NOT BE NAMED ~ was given the killing curse "Avada Kedavra"!

Next it was The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. The Katniss, Peeta and Gale situation had me completely involved. I loved the action, the blood, gore and intrigue. This was probably one of the only books I've read in the last six months that I did not make any meals for my family and lost sleep over. Let me just say my husband was not happy. I cannot wait for more suspense and romance. The sequel comes out the day after my birthday (August 24, 2010). I bet I can get my husband Aaron to buy it for me.....

The Hunger Games"What happens if we chose entertainment over humanity? In Collin's world, we'll be obsessed with grooming, we'll speak funny, and all of our sentences will end with the same rise as questions. ~ Publishers Weekly, Megan Turner

Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games)Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she's afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her more is that she's not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol's cruel Victory Tour the stakes are higher than ever. If they can't prove, without a shadow of doubt, that they are lost on their love for each other, their consequences will be horrifying.

Don't forget about the sequel...... Mockingjay.

As I continued reading young adult books I started thinking if I were too old. Then I started helping Andye with this blog and book review Web site and started to feel like I had a reason to be in the YA book section in the library. But, what if I didn't? What if I wasn't reading and writing for a teen book review blog/website? Should I feel out of place, maybe even embarrassed reading YA books only? How old is to old to read about vampires and faeries?

The Host: A NovelI think the ONLY book I've read for adults is The Host by Stephanie Meyer. (I know we have posted on this book and the others I have mentioned before, but we do have our favorites. From time to time, we will frequently discuss them.) This is a Science Fiction for people who don't like Science Fiction. I am currently listening to this book in my car read by Kate Reading. This is a book about a girl named Melanie Stryder. In this tantalizing Sci-Fi thriller, planet-hopping parasites are inserting their silvery centipede selves into human brains, curing cancer, eliminating war and turning earth into paradise. But some people want earth back, warts and all, especially Melanie Stryder. Who refuses to surrender, even after being captured in Chicago and becoming a "HOST" for a soul named Wanderer. The straightforward narrative..... shines with romantic intrigue. ( A love triangle involving two bodies. Publishers Weekly

Back to my question..... should I feel weird, being a thirty-five year old mother of five who has been married for seventeen years, reading pretty much nothing but YA books that my daughter would read? I mean the oldest main character in the books I've read has been maybe twenty.

So what about the "Twilight (by Stephanie Meyer) Moms"? Do they go too far? Swooning over characters (Team Jacob, Team Edward) whom are barely legal. What if it were the opposite? Men/Husbands reacting over Bella or some other famous fictional character who was barely eighteen. Woman crying, screaming, down right lusting after these "young" men that our daughters have crushes on. What does that say about women our age? Are we all secretly wanting a younger, better looking man? Vampire? Or is it the romance we are missing? What is really the intrigue that has our hearts so captivated?
Does your daughter roll her eyes when your more excited about the next YA sequel? Are you a mother of a teen and extremely excited about the next young adult book they've turned into a movie? Well, welcome to my world. I know I'm not the only one out there. I use my review obligations as a reason to read the books I do. You will hardly ever find me anywhere else than the teen section at the library.
So, here's to the next time I wear a ponytail, no make-up, tattered jeans and a t-shirt just to fit in a look a little younger in the teen section!
I would love your thoughts on this subject and how much you're loving the YA book trend for moms/older gals trend..... Speak up, I know I'm not alone.

~ Amy "Aaronswoman"


  1. I read a lot of YA and I feel a little strange in the library too. I bank on the fact that I look at least a little younger than my 30 years.

    The screaming obsessed women kind of weird me out a little. A lot of my single friends are like that, even when the boy who plays Jacob was well under 18. It's kind of gross. Exactly like back in college when all the guys were counting down for when Britney Spears and the Olsen twins to turn 18.

  2. I totally use "having to screen it for my daughter" as an excuse to read. I don't think anyone buys it anymore! There's a book she's wanted me to approve for her for over a month now, but I have my own stack I want to get through that bad?

    I also have to admit to being one of those moms that thinks Taylor Lautner is a fantastic specimen! I didn't even like the Twilight movie, but he is just too cute! And he just seems like such a nice guy! I don't really want him for myself, I just like to look at him :)

    If loving YA is wrong...I don't wanna be right!

  3. Amy, I am loving this post. You showcase the multifaceted shroud that is YA of today. Answering the question of whether it would be looked upon differently if men were swooning over a teenage female character of some book...Eh, yeah. But we rock as women!! Thanks for the insight.

  4. Great post. I'm 25 and my husband smirks when I read children and YA books. I think there's a stigma attached to YA that needs to be counteracted. And I don't think women screeming over 16 yr olds helps, IMO. But live and let live. I think YA takes us back to a brief and unique time in our lives - youth. It's always fun to revisit one's firsts - first crush, first ultra emarrasing moment, etc. Why should we be embarrassed to read them just because they're marketed towards teens? We shouldn't. And I applaud parents who read what their kids are reading so they can talk to them about the issues. We need more parents that do this.

  5. I am 33 and my daugher and I read many of the same books. She picks them out then passes them along if she thinks I will like them. I have to admit to being a Twilight Mom, though not a screaming and yelling one. I find Taylor Lautner to be a fineeeeee specimen...does that make me creepy? :P

  6. No definitely not..... it's not creepy. I've never read the Twilight series so I'm not excately a Twilight mom. However, I'm totally team Jacob. He is a cutie pie. Though, when I really stop and think about it, if my husband reacted the same way over a much younger actress, I would find him sorta piggish..... Double standard? Why does it seem more wrong when an older man oogles over a barely leagal girl, when we do it all the time(Zachary David Alexander "Zac" Efron, born October 18, 1987) which I've liked for years. So double standard?

  7. I teach kids in grade 7-10 so that is my excuse when I am in a bookstore in the YA section. Although fiction is fiction and I can only read so many books about a 30 something single female in love with Mr. Darcy! I love the originality that exists in YA books. It isn't something that can be found in adult books.

  8. No, you are not alone! I have no excuse..I'm a 33 yr old married mom of 2 and I love YA :) I think it
    s the Peter Pan syndrome and I just don't want to grow up!

    p.s. that TwiMom picture is too funny!

  9. Ok, I love this post about "moms" reading the twilight saga... too funny cuz I'm right there w/ya! As a 30-something-ish mom, I think I'm "appropriate" about it (team Jacob) but secretly I want to be one of those 80 year old ladies stealing the Burger King toys from the kids in the Happy Meals.
    Check out my bio in the "meet the moms" section of have a little Twilight reference in there. Love the site... I really do! Happy to find you from sits. Stephanie


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