Do you know what the most popular book among WWII GIs was?
Betty Smith’s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, which was printed in a special military edition, went into reprints, and was the most requested book by soldiers. Smith got thousands of fan letters from GIs. And it’s a book by a woman, entirely about the experiences of a teenage girl.
So I don’t ever want to hear about how boys won’t read books about girls, or how we need more “boy books” in YA, ever again, thanks.