First, a big congratulations to this year’s RITA ® award winners. Glancing at this year’s list of winners, I must say that I am proud of the fact that I can actually recognize a few of this year’s winners. Usually, I glance at the list and glance at the list and glance at the list. Alas, I’m looking for a familar author on the winner’s list somewhere. I’m paritally jesting there. Many readers use the RITA ® winner list for finding new authors and such. I’m no different. This year, the book that caught my eye is the YA romance book that won the RITA ® award this year, Adios to My Old Life by Caridad Ferrer.
Alas, I had started to buy this book earlier this year (readers it’s available at Fictionwise for your instant gratification) but didn’t. I’d heard some good buzz about it when it first came out but I let the book get away from me. I will rectify this soon. Anyway, I visit Dear Author’s blog where readers are leaving their own 2 cents about this year’s RITA ® winners and find that a few readers are either upset, surprised or angry that Ms. Ferrer’s book won a RITA ® award in the Best Contemporary Single Title Romance. Color me confused at the negative vibe or debate this has generated for a YA novel to win the coveted RITA ® award. First off, YA novels are are great reads. I take offense at the notion that readers tend to think YA novels have nothing to offer an adult audience. Not true and you’re wrong just in case you didn’t know it. I’ve read my share of YA novels and find most of them quite fascinating reads. I guess that most readers felt it was a category that was wasted on a YA novel. So sorry you feel that way.
Why the small furor over Ms. Ferrer’s book winning a RITA ® award? Beats me and I’ll never understand it. I admit that I was was surprised the book won but it was a happy surprise. It was a I-need-to-get-this-book surprise. For once the RITA ® awards have brought one book to my attention and it doesn’t hurt to have Smart Bitch Sarah’s review of it, too. So, I am adding Ms. Ferrer’s book to my towering TBR but it will be at the top. As to the rest of the winner’s list – Ms. Cole’s A Hunger Like No Other pretty much left me underwhelmed. Let’s see, who else–oh–I don’t read Julia Quinn (at least not yet) and the rest I didn’t recognize. Congrats to all.
[tags]Caridad Ferrer, Adios To My Old Life, RITA ® winners[/tags]