I wise old friend of mine always used to say, "what's the point of growing old if you can't act like a kid?" Sometimes for a change of pace I enjoy reading a book aimed at young adults. It seems the best ones are a fast-paced interesting read that still address some serious life issues. But they don't bury the issues under a lot of literary devices like is often in adult literary fiction. I end up with the satisfaction of a serious book club book in a fast paced thriller that I can read in a day or two. All the grown-ups who enjoyed Harry Potter know what I mean.
One such book that I recently read was the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. It is the first book in a series (the third book Mockingjay just came out earlier this year). Like Harry Potter, this has been an incredibly popular book, so much so that the library actually owns more than 20 copies.
Some other young adult books that I have read as an adult and enjoyed are:
Whirligig by Paul Fleischman
Give a Boy a Gun by Todd Strasser
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
We keep many of these books in the High School section on the third floor of the library. It is a good place to simply browse for a quality read even if you are a grown up. Are there some kids books you have liked reading as an adult?