E.L. James's Fifty Shades of Grey is as controversial as it is popular, thanks to its infamous romanticizing of some saucy material that critics say skirts the line between manipulation and love. For this reason, James has been named among authors that people are embarrassed to admit they actually enjoy. She ranks alongside airport bestsellers like Dan Brown and Tom Clancy who turn out novel after novel, garnering a reputation as writers who value financial revenue over the quality of their stories. Even authors who have written young adult book series that were later turned into movies are at risk of such negative attention, simply because their books' popularity with teenagers leads older readers to assume that John Green is less intelligent or compelling than John Grisham, for example.
While some of these negative connotations against particular writers might hold some merit, authors people pretend not to like are often still good storytellers. It's quite likely that Twilight or The DaVinci Code are among the books you have read that you would rather not discuss with others; similarly, it would not be surprising to learn that many young adults have collected a couple of Nicholas Sparks novels in their day. Regardless of an author's reputation, however, the literature you're afraid to admit you like is, at the very least, just as valuable as anything you read in middle school, so long as it inspires you to keep reading.