In the publishing world, a Young-Adult book is normally written for, published for, or marketed to adolescents, roughly ages 14 to 21.
Lately though, Y.A. authors have been testing the boundaries, writing books that contain: drugs, gangs, crime, violence, sexuality, incest, oral sex, and female/male rape.
Some critics would say that these novels encourage destructive or immoral behavior. Others would say that portrayal of teens successfully dealing with difficult situations helps readers deal with real-life challenges.
Me, personally...I'm on the fence. I love YA novels, and I feel like some violence is okay, but there are some books that are just way to descriptive - books that I don't think I'd let my kids read!
So: How much violence is too much in a YA book? Should there be limits? LET ME KNOW!!!!