Just Another Struggling Writer

The lamentations of yet another person struggling to write a novel.

Fiction Friday; Should I Read A Deadly Education?

Hello friends, and welcome to another edition of Fiction Friday, my blog series about all things books! That I didn’t write. Not that I’ve written any. Anyway.

A few weeks ago, I talked about a few of the reasons I tend to DNF books. Longtime readers of the blog were likely not surprised to see that “the book was YA” was listed as a chief reason why I put a book aside, if I’ve managed to somehow avoid checking the age category in the first place. 

I’m just not a fan of YA, but I realize that, in the online book community, that makes me a bit of an outlier. YA is a hugely popular genre, and even if people tend to prefer adult narratives, many of them still read and enjoy YA when the mood strikes. Not I. Teen narratives have not appealed to me since I myself was one. I even remember reading the seventh installment of the Book-Series-That-Shall-Not-Be-Named at release when I was 19 and feeling even then that I had aged out of the category. 

It’s kind of a huge bummer, because I know that means I’m missing out on some really great stories. Six of Crows is a prime example. I tried getting into that book not once, not twice, but three times, and each time I couldn’t make it past the inciting incident, because it just felt too… juvenile for me. I love the premise. I love the setting. I just can’t get invested in the sixteen year old characters, no matter how hard the author tries to dress them up as adults (and seriously, what was the deal with one of the POV characters having been sex trafficked at age thirteen and it’s just… sort of blown past? whatever). 

I also know that there are plenty of adult narratives out there with teen (or even younger) characters. Red Sister was my favorite book I read last year, and it featured a main character who was nine in the first third of the book, and twelve thereafter. But Nona’s story was a twelve year old’s story. I would not put that book in my preteen son’s hands. 

A Deadly Education is a very popular book and highly touted. Every few months I go to it’s Goodreads page to see if I should check it out myself and that’s when I remember, oh yeah, it’s YA. I probably wouldn’t like it. Then I would forget, and the cycle continues the next time I see someone talk about it.

I mean, don’t get me wrong. The setting sounds cool as hell. I think the premise is pretty bitchin. But I also think it sounds, well, young adult (how can it not, it is literally set in a school). And yet, I would be lying if I said that FOMO wasn’t getting to me. 

But on the other hand (or is it the first hand?), I know from my experience with Six of Crows that a great premise and cool world building isn’t enough to get me through a deeply juvenile narrative. 

With that all being said… should I read A Deadly Education

Every time I write the word juvenile it sounds pejorative in my head, but I’m not trying to be condescending at all. I mean it literally. Juvenile as in not adult. 

Anyway. I know there are so many adult fantasy books out there that I can’t possibly read them all in my lifetime, so I shouldn’t waste time pining over books I probably wouldn’t enjoy anyway but… I FEEL LEFT OUT. 

a pretty accurate depiction of me on any given day, actually

Until next time my friends, may your writing reading be plenty and your struggles be few. 

Kerry Share


2 responses to “Fiction Friday; Should I Read A Deadly Education?”

  1. Letting you know you are not alone in the hate/avoid YA arena. I always check Goodreads for that tag before I buy a book now as I have been burnt too many times by them being put into the adult SFF section (despite having a section twice the size of their own!).
    The exception I make is old volumes, from authors that started publishing pre-2000. There are quite a few series that are now getting tagged as YA because they have a teen MC and it might include a coming of age scenario. And yet they don’t read YA like newer authors do. They weren’t aimed at YA when they were written, and that is key. Though I am sadly also finding YA authors that make the move to adult are still writing YA books, just with adult characters and more adult themes, as if that is what makes an adult book – have been burned a few times there too.
    So long story short – hold strong, you’ll hate it. And instead read some of the adult books you’ve been eyeing up. Ignore the hype that is probably the “exaggerated just to be one of the in-crowd” type anyway.

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  2. I’m generally not a fan of YA fiction, my sister who is a children’s librarian loves it. On an interstate flight to visit my grandchildren, I noticed the person sitting next to me was reading Harry Potter. At that time, I didn’t know if it was the name of the author or the novel. I read and enjoyed the first two books. They were an influence on my granddaughters, who till the time they discovered the books weren’t enthusiastic readers.

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Kerry Share’s love for writing started, as it so often does, as a love of reading at an early age. At age 11 she wrote her first short story, a Harry Potter knockoff of dubious quality, and her love for creative expression was born. Throughout her teen years she continued to foster that passion through derivative work, and at 23 she turned her eye to original fiction.

Now in her thirties, having taken a break from creative endeavors to cope with an ever changing life and landscape, she is determined to make her dream of a writing career reality.

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