I read YA because I want the story, not the drama. Many books marketed to adults
have nothing but characters who are constantly sleeping with someone other than
their spouse, or contemplating doing so. I'll take Harry Potter over 50
Shades any day of the week. Hmmm. Maybe I don't even go as high as YA.
Maybe I top out at about 5th grade level!
A good book is a good book regardless of genre. The books that cjb mention are
classics with well developed characters. Many young adult books have very
shallow character development (Divergent).
Some of the best books I've read are children's books. Shane, Where
the Red Fern Grows, The Laura Ingles Wilder series of books. Another great book,
but not a children's book is Le Miserables. It wouldn't occur to me to
be ashamed for any of these books. I feel blessed that there are people in this
world with the talent and who have taken the time and effort to write them. We
have a great culture available to us for the grasping.