"Seventeenth Summer," released by Maureen Daly in 1942, is considered to be the first book written and published explicitly for teenagers.
The term "young adult" was coined by the Young Adult Library Services Association during the 1960s to represent the 12-18 age range. Novels of the time, like S. E. Hinton's "The Outsiders," offered a mature contemporary realism directed at adolescents.
In 1967, S. E. Hinton's The Outsiders—a plot involving gangs, a robbery, and a killing— kicks off the first golden age of YA lit.
In 1919, there wasn’t any literature being specifically written for teens. In order to create “browsing” collections for teens in the branches, Mabel Williams and her staff would comb through books in the children’s and adults sections of the libraries for books they thought would interest teens and meet their reading needs for both schoolwork and free time.
Eventually they would create lists and in 1929 the first annual “NYPL Books for Young People” list was published. Created annually, the list was sent out all over the country to schools and libraries trying to decide what to buy for their own brand new browsing collections for teens. It was ostensibly the beginning of what is now YA literature.
Margaret Scoggin started as an outreach librarian but soon became the head of the new Nathan Straus branch, an innovative library just for teens that opened in 1941
In 2008, Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight hit the big time with the release of movie version. Millions flocked to the theaters, then to bookstores and libraries to finish Stephenie Meyers’ saga. Suddenly, everywhere we looked, there were vampires: scary, sexy, sparkly, fangs; you could take your pick.
Young adult lit has become popular with readers of all ages and has even allowed parents to see what their teens care about through what they're reading, Skurnick said. After all, 55% of young adult books purchased in 2012 were bought by adults between 18 and 44 years old,
The second golden age of YA dawns with J. K. Rowling's boy wizard in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.A year later, legions of fans camp outside bookstores for up to nine hours to get their hands on the next book in the series. The fantasy genre explodes.
The first golden age of YA Literature. The focus on culture and serious themes in young adult paved the way for authors to write with more candor about teen issues in the 1970s. The "me" decade continued to keep it real by tackling tough teen issues: Robert Cormier's The Chocolate War(bullying) and Judy Blume's Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret (a girl's first period) and Forever ("going all the way").