It’s time to face facts: young adult literature has some of the most diverse, interesting writers tackling simply amazing stories. And yet it gets a bad rap, with a lot of people knocking it down as “lesser” than adult literature. Well, I’m here to tell you that’s ridiculous. As a person who is both over the legal drinking age and spends at least half her reading time investing in the plights of fictional teens, I can assure you that there is plenty of young adult literature that appeals to adults, too. According to our friends at Publisher’s Weekly over half of YA readers are adults, so I’ve rounded up some of my favorite titles—a primer on how to break into YA if you don’t know where to start. Check it out, and then get to reading!