The objective of this course is to analyze literary devices used within “Young Adult” literature and the manner in which they facilitate discussion within their intended audience about the socio-political and economic environment of their creation. We will be exploring the rise and fall of specific trends, archetypes and themes unique to this genre, and recognize the psychological motivations behind characters that make them appealing to the target audience. Ultimately, students should gain an appreciation for the great nuance within the genre and an in depth understanding of the literary value that the “Young Adult” genre offers.
Theme 1: The Meet Cute
(Chick-lit / Romance)
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han - 384 pages
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell - 445 pages
Theme 2: Kids These Days
The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R.Pan - 462 pages
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas - 464 pages (Releases 2/5/2019)
The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives by Dashka Slater - 320 pages
Theme 3: Down the Rabbit Hole
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak - 584 pages
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers - 549 pages
Theme 4: The Boy Who Still Lives
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi - 525 pages
Descendant of the Crane by Joan He - 416 pages (Releases 4/2/2019)
*Readings and schedule subject to change. You will be notified in advance if this occurs.
One absence without prior notification and one excused absence will be allowed; two tardies count as one absence. If you need to miss class for any other reason, notify us beforehand. Our class will begin at Berkeley time—please arrive accordingly!
Please refer to the syllabus at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1uPtI3jVWa3kMI9UlpJm6A0jHMrIioZk03-S8MicA5fM/edit?usp=sharing
or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions, concerns, or more details about the course.
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