For this assignment, I am asking participants to share their views on the problem novel. This assignment was inspired by an article at Justine's. I think Justine rocks. She's a kickbutt writer so when she said she wasn't always fond of the problem novel, I admit I was a bit wounded.
I work with a population that gravitates toward this sub-genre, but it's not only at risk (I really don't like this term. Note to self: find alternative) youth who identify with these works. I think sometimes we forget how confusing adolescence can be. Sometimes, young people put themselves in unsafe circumstances; at other times, kids find themselves in circumstances they have no control over or they are ill-equipped to deal with situations. The problem novel isn't designed to fix life's ills, but it can help a young person realize they are not alone and possibly find the courage to seek help or gain understanding. The problem novel is sometimes the first time a young person finds identification.
What are your thoughts? Did you read these kinds of works when you were an adolescent? Did you think they were silly or did you gain something from them? Do you enjoy them as an adult? Do you recommend them to students or other teens you're in contact with? Which titles and to whom would you recommend them? What issues or circumstances would like to see address in YA? What are your recommended best reads and which would you honestly say are poor examples in this genre?
Answer one or all. The choice is yours. To entice you and from now on, I will randomly choose a participant to pick a freebie from the Prize Bucket. Deadline is October 26th.
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