At the Guardian, Maureen Johnson talks about YA and why it’s appealing to people who aren’t teens. My favorite quote: “I think that the reason it’s taken off so much is that it’s good. I think it’s actually that simple….It has its detractors and its detractors generally don’t know much about it.”
Totally agree. Much like any other genre, there are bad books in there are well, but overall YA is a fantastic category and adult readers should feel no awkwardness checking out that section of the bookstore.