Last night the lake effect fairy came and gave me another snow day. Can you believe it?! I’ve been using the morning to catch up on a lot of things. Really important things like painting my toe nails with sparkly red and silver nail polishing and watching last night’s episodes of Jersey Shore and The Real Housewives of the OC. Very, very important stuff. I feel like I’ve been spoiled with Christmas break and then two snow days.
This past week I have been thinking about time, specially in young adult literature. The draft of my book that I submitted to my agent spanned a year and a half. My main character starts the book when she’s a sophomore and the book ends when she’s halfway through her junior year. I did this because there were events that needed to happen within that time span, but I still wasn’t entirely sold on the book taking place over almost two years. I felt like I rushed through things in order to move the story along (like summer vacation). However, if I would have slowed down to write about everything, then the book would be double the length.
I wasn’t a hundred percent in love with my novel covering almost two years, so I started to look into the time span of other YA novels. Guess what? There wasn’t any!
I looked through my bookshelf, went through Good Reads and talked to my school’s librarian who is the master of YA literature. Besides, Prep (which isn’t classified as YA), I couldn’t come up with any books.
Now I can’t stop thinking about it. Why do you think that YA literature doesn’t span a lot of time? Do you think it’s possible to have a novel that spans more than a year? Can you think of any novels that do?