Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Blog Tour Guest Post: Why Are YA Books So Depressing? by Louise Rozett

I am so excited to be a part of the Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend Blog Tour! It's the second book in the Confessions series, the sequel to Confessions of an Angry Girl. Author Louise Rozett is stopping by to talk about why reading sad books is just as beneficial as reading happy books. Check out the synopsis of her book and make sure to enter the giveaway below!

Rose Zarelli has big plans for sophomore year—everything is going to be different. This year, she’s going to be the talented singer with the killer voice, the fabulous girl with the fashionista best friend, the brainiac who refuses to let Jamie Forta jerk her around...

...but if she’s not careful, she’s also going to be the sister who misses the signals, the daughter who can only think about her own pain, the “good girl” who finds herself in mid-scandal again (because no good deed goes unpunished) and possibly worst of all...the almostgirlfriend.

When all else fails, stop looking for love and go find yourself.

Why Are YA Books So Depressing? by Louise Rozett:

I get asked this question a lot—a lot of YA authors do, probably because the time in life that we’re writing about is a tricky one, full of turmoil. Usually the person asking me that particular question liked Angry Girl or Almost-Girlfriend, but not always. Sometimes readers get really mad about having spent time with a book that depressed them.

The thing is, it’s a writer’s job to make readers think and feel, and if readers are not thinking and feeling, then the writer is doing something wrong. Why would readers want to read something that didn’t have an effect on them? we want to be happy all the time? Isn’t there some value in feeling something other than happiness? (This, of course, is what most people call a first-world problem, meaning that if we have a choice between feeling happy and feeling sad, our lives are probably pretty easy and we should stop complaining.)

I think it’s just as valuable to read something that makes us sad as it is to read something that makes us happy. Both kinds of books can cause the type of self-reflection that I feel like we can all benefit from, where we sit around and think, “Huh. Why did I connect to that character so deeply?” or “Huh. Why did that character make me so mad?” Even if we’re reading to escape feeling sad or depressed, isn’t there value in reading about someone who’s feeling something similar to what we’re feeling?

A lot of times, the reason we have a positive or negative reaction to a character or a situation is because it hits close to home. There is something about the situation that speaks to us, that touches us. Maybe we want to look at why, maybe we don’t. But really, why wouldn’t we want to examine that? What’s so scary about trying to understand what we’re feeling?

So, I don’t feel like YA books are depressing overall. I think they’re intense, and can be scary or intimidating sometimes, but I think they’re awesome, and emotionally real, and important. And those are good things.


One lucky winner will get a signed copy of Confessions of an Angry Girl, a signed copy of Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend, and a $25 iTunes gift card! (US only)

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About the Author:

Louise Rozett is an author, a playwright, and a recovering performer. She made her YA debut with Confessions of an Angry Girl, published by Harlequin Teen. The next book in the series, Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend, is due out June 2013. She lives with her 120-pound Bernese Mountain dog Lester (named after Lester Freamon from THE WIRE, of course) in one of the world's greatest literary meccas, Brooklyn...and also in sunny Los Angeles. (Being bi-coastal is fun!) Visit for more info.

Thanks for checking out my stop on the Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend blog tour hosted by YA Bound Book Tours.  Click HERE to see the full blog tour schedule!

For more about Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend check out these sites!


  1. Great post and I've read a lot of positive reviews for the book!
    You can find me here: Jen @ YA Romantics

  2. This was a really cool post. I don't usually like reading books that I know will depress me, but sometimes (it really depends if I like the book or not) I get super attached to the character and I can't help it if the person gets hurt. I get kind of depressed. But I like that, because I actually care about the character. It doesn't usually happen, so when it does, I do cherish the moment.
    Great post again! :)

    1. I don't usually like depressing books either. I'm really picky about them. But sometimes you read one and it sticks with you like no other story could.

  3. Great post. I really love the covers for this series and can't wait to read the books. I have both and will be starting them next week (hopefully). Thanks for sharing.

    Katie :)
    Turner’s Antics

  4. I really love what you're saying about YA novels. Many times, my friends and I argue over whether or not a YA book should strike the reader's heart emotionally. Definitely on your side with the reason why YAs are depressing.

    Angie @ YA Novelties

  5. Great posting. I like both sad and happy books. I get something out of both. I normally blubber in the sad ones but that is an enjoyment blubber at the same time. I like to let my emotions get messed up a bit when reading. Adds to the read:D


  6. Great post! I don't think YA book are all that depressing. I definitely don't want to read a story that doesn't make me feel.


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