Urban fiction is a relatively new genre in young adult literature. In fact much of the young adult literature classes and textbooks rarely mention this style. Urban fiction can be useful and insightful not simply for those living in urban areas, but also for those who don't. Young adults living in rural areas might be unaware of the issues their peers face living in large urban areas. It is more likely that rural people migrate towards urban than the other way around. Urban fiction can shine a light on numerous issues that don't make it into primetime television and allow teenagers to see the world in a different perspective.
For those teenagers living in and dealing with life in an urban area, this genre can give them a voice in a very cluttered world. To be able to identify with characters in this genre can perhaps alleviate the stress that these young adults feel and also supply them with appropriate models who are proactive and ethical.