Today’s post is a shout out to a truly awesome young adult author. Meg Cabot, a New York Times Bestselling Author, doesn’t need my praise but having read many of her novels I must say her understanding of the teenage psyche outdoes many of the chameleons out there who write in the genre. My favorite part: her books have all the elements of relationships and tension desired in young adult writing without all the smut some in the industry think is required to sell a book.
I’m not an idiot I know many teenagers have sex, swear, drink, and do drugs, but putting the f*** word fifty times on a page sprinkled with graphic, drunken sex scenes does not a fantastic young adult novel make. A writer who does this in my opinion is a sell out and a phony, covering up their lack of skills in the genre because they think that’s the only thing teenagers will connect with. Yet, in reality, it is their inner turmoil, their fears and dreams, the whys behind their actions that are by far more engaging, and this is what Meg Cabot gets.
I just finished Meg Cabot’s Airhead novels. The titles in order are Airhead, Being Nikki, and Runaway. If you haven’t read them you should. They were unique, fun to read, and I would have no problem giving them to any teenage girl for a few days of literary diversion. Enjoy!