Is There a Book That Shaped You as A YA?

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Is There a Book That Shaped You as A YA?

Post by cosmic_juno » 26 Jul 2019, 23:32

Is there one YA book in particular, perhaps one about coming of age or something along those lines, that really shaped you as a young adult or even a young teen? Something that was so thought provoking that it might’ve changed your views on the world or helped you through a rough time? Mine is absolutely The Catcher in The Rye by J.D Salinger. I know a lot of readers are divided about that novel, but as a depressed teenager struggling through high school and a bad home life it really spoke to me and touched my heart and soul. I promise I wasn’t as snarky as Holdon back then, although I might be now :lol2:
So, what about you? What book really shaped you as a young adult or helped you through a tough time?

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Post by Kikijanika » 02 Aug 2019, 17:27

Probably The Hunger Games because it was the first ya series I read and loved.

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Post by INSHA9 » 14 Aug 2019, 08:06

Walking through depression reading helped me a lot,,not the content wise but general reading and yes I think there's something good to learn at the end of each book.. I loved reading a series by Catherine doyle . The book is vendetta from series blood for blood.

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Post by Nisha Ward » 02 Sep 2019, 04:10

This going to sound really cliched but the Harry Potter books helped to develop my sense of justice. Oh and Tamora Pierce's work was very much a foundational part of my formative years.
"...while a book has got to be worthwhile from the point of view of the reader it's got to be worthwhile from the point of view of the writer as well." - Terry Pratchett on The Last Continent and his writing.

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Post by MRose200293 » 03 Sep 2019, 00:02

I think I’d have to say Turtles All the Way Down by John Green. It was the first book that made me feel such strong emotions and it put me in a strange place for a while. I still think back to it every once in a while and remember reading it for the first time.

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Post by Nym182 » 16 Oct 2019, 14:14

Yes, but maybe not in the way you mean.

In elementary school I started the Harry Potter series and after the 4th book I realized they weren’t really for me. That’s when I fell in love with Stephen King!

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Post by vermontelf » 22 Nov 2019, 08:33

There were so many books that shaped me as a young adult. I read voraciously and probably took a little piece from every book, but especially: My Side of the Mountain, Kathleen, there was a book about a young woman who found herself on her mom's property after mom died raising rabbits, The Great Gilly Hopkins, ... I also loved teh sarcasm, humor, and intelligence of the characters in David Eddings novels, as well as the possibilities of Koontz and King.

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Post by HarryPotterLibrary22 » 23 Dec 2019, 09:58

Nisha Ward wrote:
02 Sep 2019, 04:10
This going to sound really cliched but the Harry Potter books helped to develop my sense of justice. Oh and Tamora Pierce's work was very much a foundational part of my formative years.
Agree - it's cliche but Harry Potter really shaped me growing up. I still think of Hermione as a role model

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Post by Alwaysash13 » 25 Dec 2019, 00:02

Harry Potter series... It shaped my entire perspective on life in general and taught the values of love, friendship, etc...
The fault in our stars by John Green is another life altering book. It simply states things that literally moves our way of thinking.
"That's the thing about pain . It demands to be felt" - the fault in our stars

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Post by [Danielle] » 01 Jan 2020, 16:42

I can say with confidence that the Harry Potter series shaped who I am as a person today. I still love to read and watch them! I often attribute Hermione as being someone who made me the person I am today- not afraid to be smart and independent, among other things.
"Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light." - Albus Dumbledore

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Post by WalnutGirl03 » 09 Jan 2020, 02:35

I read Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of The Universe in 2017 and it genuinely changed my life. I identified so much with Aristotle and Benjamin Alire Sáenz's writing style is just so beautiful. Ari and Dante made me start writing poetry and just constantly inspired me to be creative for years! I reread it at least 6 times that year. I've always been very nostalgic and I tend to spend far too much time thinking about stuff from when I was younger but I would always feel guilty? almost for doing it and this book really helped me to kind of be able to think about things without feeling bad about it or feeling like I was being too dramatic. Basically, it's amazing and I firmly believe that everyone should read it at least once and then maybe binge all his other writing as well!)

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