I puzzled over the idea of why I personally preferred YA books to "adult" or "grownup" books and the answer that came to mind floored me.
I love YA because the characters are honest. Now, this isn't necessarily the kind of honesty that prevents characters from shoplifting, or cheating on boyfriends, or whatnot, but the utter, totally soul bare honesty of being a teenager in a big world and trying to make heads or tails of a confusing, sometimes mean world.
This applies for paranormal/fantasy/contemporary...heck any YA genre...because at the heart of the characters, any of them, they are doing what they believe they can to exist, to flourish, to survive, to love, to fit in, and overcome.
Think to any YA novel you've read and study the main characters. What do they do to show their honesty, the proof that they are young, unsure, fallible? Being that unsure, fallible...is honesty that few grownup books have the luxury of showing. The grownups have their responsibilities...their jobs, their lovers, their parties, their crimes to commit, their wives to cheat on, their money, their cars...their lack of innocence and honesty.
What YA books show this?
I could name hundreds of those I've personally read, but for example Seeds of Discovery by Breeana Puttroff, shows us a main character who admits to herself that she is practically stalking a boy who seems to have a secret. Her reason for doing so is valid in her mind because she nearly hit him with her car and wondered about his oddly clandestine activities.
I won't go into more detail, you will just have to read that amazing book and it's sequel. Now, do you see what I see? The main character is honest about her actions, her thoughts, uncertainties, and feelings, and I as a reader get it, sympathize with it, and agree with her reasoning and actions...not because they are creepy and weird, but because she is honest about it!
What YA books do you see this in? Is this honesty missing from any books you can think of? If so, why?