Adios to My Old Life by Caridad Ferrer is the 2007 RITA Winner for Best Contemporary Single Title!
The RITA Awards are sponsored by the Romance Writers of America, and it is the romance-publishing industry's highest award of distinction.
And, Adios to My Old Life is a YA title. How cool is that?
Thanks to Smart Bitches, who posted about this book winning. And, apparently, in the Romance world there is a bit of discussion about whether a YA title should have won. I don't know the history of the award or the criteria, but I found the comments very interesting. A lot of discussion (most of it polite & respectful) about what is YA? and what is romance? And is it possible or impossible for a book to be both YA and romance?
I haven't read the book yet; but overall, I think yes, a book can be both YA and romance. I am disappointed by many YA books called "romance" because there is no HEA (that's a new acronym I just learned, it's the Happy Ever After. Love it!) and I think a romance needs HEA. I think YA is a big umbrella, and contains romance, science fiction, horror, etc. Any possible genre can be found in YA (which, btw, is why I don't like using the word "genre" for YA; I don't see it as a genre, but as an age range.)
So I'm looking forward to reading this book, especially since this win makes me strongly suspect I'll get my HEA!
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