Happy April, Teen readers!
Since it's National Poetry Month, I'm going to tell you something right now --- I think that novels in verse are genius, plain and simple.
Why, you may ask? Because they help bridge one of the biggest false binaries among book lovers everywhere. You know those unnecessary divisions I'm talking about --- just like there are some people who only read nonfiction (news flash: novels reveal truths, too!), refuse to pick up a YA book after they reach a certain age (just because it stars a teenager doesn't mean it's not well-written!) or automatically turn down a book of a certain genre (I promise that a little science fiction, historical fiction or contemporary realistic fiction won't bite), a lot of people turn their nose up at poetry as a rule. It doesn't matter the context --- no prose, no thank you.