8 Weirdly Specific Things That Happen in Every Young Adult Novel

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I have read every YA novel in the world. Not really (I’m just a person, after all), but sometimes it feels like I have because there are a few weirdly specific things that happen in just about all of them. (Also, I like to PRETEND I've read every YA novel in the world because the truth—that it’s impossible to read them all, and I will die leaving some unread—is just too painful. Better to stick with denial.)

I hope it doesn’t sound like I’m hating on YA (a genre that gets the lion’s share of hate already) because I’m not! I love YA. I love it like Oscar Wilde loved silk cravats or Charles Dickens loved run-on sentences. The only reason I bring this up is because I see this stuff CONSTANTLY, and I feel like we can do better.

Topics: Books
Tags: books we love, ya novels, cliches, ya literature, character tropes, ya lit, young adult literature, young adult novels, if you have green eyes you're spunky and that's that

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