Staff Note: Young Adult Reads is a series of posts reviewing items that are geared toward teens, but are of interest to all York County Public Library readers.
In honor of National Poetry Month, this month’s YA Reads post is highlighting teen books written in verse. According to Poets.org, a verse novel “filters the devices of fiction through the medium of poetry." The novel may be comprised of a series of short verse poems or one long poem. Some authors also incorporate a sense of visual style to their work as well.
YA verse novels often deal with complex social issues, emotional or physical problems, or turbulent situations. The quick pace of the novels may resonant with reluctant teen readers. In addition, readers who are not the biggest fans of poetry may enjoy verse novels due to their sense of narrative and plot.