Romantic Suspense: It’s Not Just a Grown-up Genre

Looking for great YA books for your teen (or yourself) this holiday season? Sharon Wray has compiled a smart shoppers gift giving guide for guys and gals of every age. Thanks Sharon!

Sharon Wray

This year has been another busy year of reading and writing. And like last year, my reading list was filled with all sorts of Young Adult books.

Similar to the Romance genre, the YA genre is broken down into smaller groups. The first division is by age of protagonist (not age of reader!): Upper Middle Grade (age 13-14) Lower YA (age 15-16), YA (age 17-18), and Upper YA (age 18-19).

These age divisions are averages and some books, especially series, will cross the age barrier as the protagonist grows up, like Harry Potter.

IMG_3967 My daughter at a booksigning with YA author Alexandra Bracken.

The next division is by type: sweet romance, summer romance, suspense/mystery, thriller, speculative (incl. dystopian and magical elements), paranormal romance, sci-fi, realistic fiction, historical, fairytale retellings, as well as a few others.

Since I have a son and a daughter, I read a ton of YA in…

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