Welcome to Toxicity in Young Adult Novels!
I love reading books, and I spent a lot of middle and high school reading YA novels. At the time, I really enjoyed them. But looking back, there are a lot of storylines I disagree with. Twilight is the series that got me into reading and guess what? Bella and Edward meet 15 criteria for an abusive relationship. And that was my first look into teenage love, as it was many other kids and teens.
So for my senior thesis, I did research into toxic storylines that are prevalent in YA novels and how they affect the teens that read them. On this website, I write about the good and the bad of YA novels. I give examples, both brief and in depth, of toxic YA novels and talk about what makes them toxic. There are spoilers for what happens in the books so be warned.
I am not saying all YA novels are bad because they’re not! I still read some now, at 22 years old, and enjoy them a lot. But many of them display negative behavior that teens should not learn from. I think it’s important to learn about these things, but not in a book that romanticizes them or normalizes the behavior.
I included books from a few different genres (within YA) and tried to cover different toxic topics. On books that I talk in depth about, I include content warnings because some emotional and triggering topics are included.
I hope you enjoy reading what I’ve compiled and feel free to submit titles for me to add under the submit titles tab.