The Alex Awards are given to adult books that have special appeal to teens. Recent winners include Lev Grossman’s The Magicians and Meg Rosoff’s The Bride’s Farewell.
But the truth is, just as many books for teens can be said to have special appeal to adults. While I think that a good book is a good book no matter what age group it’s marketed for, there are those YA books that seem to go further toward convincing adults that YA books aren’t just for teens.
We’ve seen how adults have caught on to books like Harry Potter, Twilight, and The Hunger Games (which was even recommended by Steven King). The wild success of these books among teens gets the attention of adult readers. What about YA books that aren’t runaway bestsellers? Which YA books would you give to an adult friend to convince him or her to pay more attention to the genre? In short, which would you award a Reverse Alex?