Why YA? (And What Is It, Anyway?)
by Atthys J Gage
Published: July 8, 2016.
The year 1967 saw the publication of The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, arguably the first book of serious literature for young adult readers.
Since then, YA has exploded into one of the largest markets in fiction with tens of thousands of new titles published every year.
In this quick essay, we explore how it a tiny niche-genre grew into a major marketplace phenomenon.