Stephen Colbert says, "As far as I can tell, a young-adult novel is a regular novel that people can actually read." While this is an oversimplification, he has a point. Young-adult novels are generally shorter than adult novels. Characters are usually twelve to eighteen, written for an audience in the same age range. The Fault is in Our Stars by John Green and Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell are two examples of contemporary young adult novels. An excellent resource for more information is the book, Writing Great Books for Young Adults by Regina Brooks.