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Transcript of Contemporary YA
kelly jensen, April 2014, Connecticut Library Association Conference
Think in Broad Strokes
Use appeal factors to better connect title to title
Contemporary Realistic YA can't be neatly categorized because life can't be neatly categorized.
Friends & Peers
Grief & Loss
Health & Well-Being
Sports & Athletes
*Diversity is not a category separate from the rest. It's in addition to them.
Summer Before College
Non-traditional Life Choices
A contemporary realistic novel takes place in a world easily recognized as today's world by the characters in the book, as well as the readers taking in the book. It betrays a sense of the cultural zeitgeist, as well as the fears, expectations, highs, and lows of what it means to be a teen in the present world.