I try to explain away my addiction by stating that since I work with teens (first as a high school English teacher, now as a teen librarian), it's important to me professionally to me to keep up with teen literature so I can converse with my students/patrons about what's new and popular and their field of literature.
While this is true, it is also somewhat of an excuse. It's somewhat of a a "chicken and egg" situation. I kind of chose these professions because they allow me to keep reading YA lit. Because honestly, I would devour teen lit no matter what I was doing professionally. And in the times that I've been a SAHM (stay-at-home-mom, for those of you not up on the lingo), I've devoured it in even greater quantities. Because YA literature is just good stuff. I love it in a way that I could never, never love adult literature. And while I receive a lot of mockery for that decision (primarily from my loving husband, because he's the one who sees me curled up on the couch the most often, but also from many other adults who discover my addiction), I stand by my love. And more than that, I form deep bonds with other adults who share that love. Because they also have good taste in books, and we can talk for hours about the awesome things we've read.... but also because they, on a gut level, GET what it is that drives me to YA lit in the first place. That love that I can't quite seem to articulate.
Well, lucky for me and all those other adult YA-lovers out there, the fabulous John Green has just published a quality article on why so many adults love young adult literature.... and why that it is TOTALLY LEGIT. I knew there was a reason this guy was my favorite author. I could just provide you with the link (which is http://www.cosmopolitan.com/sex-love/relationship-advice/too-old-for-young-adult-fiction), but the article is so stinking good and makes me feel so totally justified that I'm also going to copy and paste it here in its entirety. No copyright infringement intended, just much praise to JG and his awesomeness.