Thursday, December 27, 2012

What the hell is this?

Yo.  What up?

The last time I checked, I was a man.  I'm not JUST a man, I'm a man who reads YA. That makes me a REAL MAN.

REAL MEN know who they are.  They don't apologize for it.  They don't hide it.  So, Miss Cash Register Lady, give me all the suspicious glares you want when I buy YA books.

YA changed my life.

I'm 33 and I have three biological children and quite a few "other kinds" of children.  I worked in children's homes for years, so I was a parent to children and teenagers that were in tough situations.  Always girls.  I always had a house full (usually 8) of teenage girls.  Drama, yo.  Drama.  Also, lots of cool swear word combos.

I graduated high school in 1997.  From 1997-2011 I read MAYBE five novels.  I can't name them, but it seems like a fair number.

Early in 2011 a friend sent me a Batman Graphic Novel.  It was a start.

Late in 2011 I read The Hunger Games.  Uh-Oh...

I read over an hour!!  First time, ever.  Then I woke up early the next day, read for hours straight and finished the book.  I had NEVER, EVER done anything like that with a book.

I decided to read another YA book.  I swallowed my pride and took the long walk from the Wal-Mart book section to the cash register.  I swear everyone was looking at me.  I even had the cover up against my body so no one could see what I was buying, but they knew...they knew.

After seeing the teenage girl in the flowing red dress on the cover, then verifying that I wasn't on the local sex offender registry, Cash Register Lady sold me the book.  I quickly hid the book inside the nearly transparent Wal-Mart bag and exited the building.  I used a different exit to throw the cameras off.

The book sucked.  I won't name it.  I'm not a hater.

I didn't give up.  I bought more books and began reading daily.  I read and read and read.  I read Divergent.  I read Blood Red Road.  I read Delirium.  The hook was sinking deeper with each read.

I watched all the Harry Potter movies for the first time.  I fell in love with Luna Lovegood and Sirius, and Severus, and Harry, and Remus, and Snape, and...everyone.  The books seemed a bit overwhelming to me. I mean, that's a freakin lot of pages!  I read them.  I loved them.  I regretted being so late to the sorting.

So I read and write YA.  And now, I blog about it.

I'm going to read like a mofo in 2013.



    (But especially to tackling the Harry Potter series. Because a lot of people wouldn't try.)


  2. You're a grown man who loves YA. This is awesome. Own it. :)

  3. Woohoo! Welcome to the wonderful world of YA! Kick up your feet, take off your hat, stay a while!

  4. Welcome to what I like to call the fantastic world of YA! :D
    I'm gonna keep reading your blog, great job!

  5. My husband also is a YA fan, he is less bold than you about it. I have a few book recommendations for you, maybe you've read 'em maybe not. Finnikin of the Rock by Melinna Marchetta and the the next is Froi of the Exiles in that series. Have you read Graceling by Kristin Cashore, my husband is reading it now. OK that is all. Love your blog so far!

    1. I've read Graceling, but not the others. I'll check them out. Thanks!

  6. My oldest brother judges me... a lot for reading YA, but of course, when I lent him the Hunger Games, he didn't hesitate to finish the trilogy in one weekend. So, go you for admitting you like YA! And also, your reviews are hilarious :).

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    1. Word. I looked for you on Twitter, but no luck. All best friends should talk to each other on Twitter.

  8. I found your blog from this post and I'm so glad I did. As someone who reads YA and is married to a man who reads YA, I'm loving your particular perspective in the crowded world that is the blogosphere. And while my own real man is a reader, he isn't a blog reader, but I'm thinking I just might be able to convince him to read yours!

  9. This is funny stuff. Mix it fruity cocktail style with my favorite past time (reading YA)and place a little umbrella on top. I'm officially going to follow you.
    By the you have a good reads account?