Yesterday evening i finished up The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman. I absolutely loved the book. I immediately loved Lyra; she reminded me of Hermione crossed with a Weasley twin. And i can completely see how this series is recommended to people who like the Potter books. I loved the fantasy setting and the idea of the daemons. That bit reminded me of the Companions in the Valdemar books by Mercedes Lackey. I can't wait to read the next two; they will be first on my list for January and the YA challenge!
That being said, i had actually thought that this was going to be one of my "younger" selections for the challenge, more of a children's book than YA. After reading, I personally would not put this in the children's category at all. I would say it is a fantasy novel that happens to be about children, not a children's book. The ending, especially, is heavy and dark but there are plenty of dark moments throughout.
I've decided i am definitely going to the movie tomorrow, with or without BF if he changes his mind about our date. I've now lent the book to him while i've borrowed I Am Legend. It is a reread for me but it has probably been 15 years since i did read it so i barely remember it.
Now, back to a bit about YA. After reading this one i've kind of realized i am not totally sure as to what it is. Wikipedia hasn't been much help. The authors list they have is kind of weird. They list Cujo, Carrie and Christine as young adult books? um, no? They have teens or kids in them but they aren't FOR kids. Then again, i know i read these (and The Shining, The Stand, Salem's Lot, It, Eyes of the Dragon, etc) before i hit 14 and don't think i was traumatized. So perhaps YA is just a category for novels that have someone under 20 as the main character? Perhaps i'll have a better hold on the category by the time i finish up the challenge.