• YA realistic fiction still selling strong with teen readership and adults • 2012 Bowker Market Research reveals 55% of YA Books are bought by adults: 18 or older, with the largest segment aged 30 to 44 • 2015 Nielsen Children’s Book Summit reports 80% of all the YA books that are selling are being bought by adults. • 2016, Young Adult Library Services (YALSA) states Contemporary/Realistic YA fiction is the bread and butter of YA fiction because it is the essence of the teenage experience • Love story about two unlikely and wildly damaged teenagers
descent down her arms and into her hands, causing her thumbs to ache. The awful memory from last winter suddenly consumed her: the day she wore the wrong skirt to church.
Hannah had bought the outfit with her babysitting money—a denim skirt that fell a few inches above her knee, paired with flats and a pink golf shirt worn with the collar up. The look was very trendy around school, but just to be sure, Hannah ran the outfit by her mother, who barely looked up from her Sunday paper before nodding her approval. Every week they went through the same drill. Hannah had to dress up for church, usually in a skirt or dress. Jeans were never allowed. It was like church was a fashion show where the parents in her town paraded their kids down the aisle for all to envy. God doesn’t really care what you wear, Hannah thought, does He?
Her mother, for some reason, had stopped coming to church, preferring to stay home in her bathrobe while Kerry, her six-year-old sister, entertained herself. Hannah was never allowed to miss mass.
Yep, that’s them. Gotta go.” Hannah held the receiver in her hand, letting the dial tone numb her ear. Warm tears stung her eyes as she stood in her hollow kitchen, surrounded by grime and neglect, watching the starburst clock clip away the seconds of her sad, pathetic life.