Young Adult Book of the Year

Okay, this was written by a colleague. Do you agree? — Nathan

“Breaking Dawn” by Stephenie Meyer – Some of you may be groaning at this pick, saying to yourself: “I am so sick of everything Twilight, blah, blah, blah, and I HATED Breaking Dawn; it was terrible in every way, so why in the world is it on this list, much less being called the #1 Spiritual YA Novel of 2008?” Well, I’ll tell you why: It’s #1 because of the Zeitgeist factor, zeitgeist meaning “spirit of the age or time.” Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” series is a contemporary, cultural phenom because it’s a whisper on everyone’s lips–the young, the old, the boy, the girl, the Dad, the Mom, the cranky husband, and the swooning wife–even if the person whispering has no idea what Twilight even is. It’s the new Harry Potter, everyone is going crazy for it, and it has taken on a life of its own. Hence, the zeitgeist factor.

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