Friday, April 10, 2009

The College Question

Anxiety about college—getting in, paying, etc.—plays big roles in many YA novels, and yet I think its often an aspect that feels a little dated or underexplored in books and manuscripts I read. It’s a very complicated issue. College, to go or not, is rarely the question.

There’s a long piece on the New York Times web site that I think addresses the variety of issues presented by the college decision to modern teens. It’s even got a couple of first-person accounts. It’s well worth a look.

1 comment:

Maggie Stiefvater said...

This is only making me angst more about not being able to set a YA in college.

When I am utterly famous and everyone can pronounce my last name, I am going to coin a new part of the store, just like 'tween'. I will call it 'dorm party' or something catchy, and it will be a place for all unwritten and forgotten college YAs to fall into.

So there.