Does a YA main character have to be a teen?
Question: I am thinking about writing a YA book but I was planning on making the main character around 23-25. Can I do that and still call it a YA book?Answer:
These days, YA readers range from 13-25, so you are within the range, though at the upper end. Plus, YA readers often like to read about characters a few years older than themselves.
The difference between YA and adult books at that age group has more to do with the types of issues being dealt with. YA heroes and heroines are generally conquering the world or making a place for themselves in it. They seldom have the cynicism about the world that you might find in books for older adults. (The Catcher in the Rye
is an exception.)