It's so much easier to have no expectations than to have big ones.
As a writer, you live in such isolation. It's hard to imagine your book has a life beyond you.
The distinction has blurred between young adult and adult books. Some of the teen books have become more sophisticated.
I look back on my 20s. It's supposed to be the prime of your life, the most vital, the most beautiful. But you're making your critical decisions and sometimes your most critical mistakes.
I agree that a love of reading is a great gift for a parent to pass on to his or her child.