"Ms. Barnes offers reassurance that adult interest in YA is not the result of a crisis in the collective level of literacy in the United States. Rather, it’s indicative of the quality and enduring themes addressed by young adult. “The fluid demographic barrier speaks to the emotional turmoil that makes contemporary young adult literature unique,” she says. “Every decision feels life-changing, and every choice in these books can seem life-or-death. The emotions are no more or less valid than what one might experience at 30, but it’s the first time, and thus very powerful."