Before I dive into this post full of angst, cake, and pimples, I need to clarify one thing: I love YA books. They are my favourite. I will read them until I die. I will read them even if they tick me off. And I will always love them.
Oh, and I have guest reviewed! If you want to, you can jump over to The Magic Violinist to hear my thoughts on Thin Space by Jody Casella.
1. stalker paranormal boyfriends
I don’t know how this is ever okay. If some freaky random starts tailing you, knows your life history, and attempts your life once or twice…what part of that screams, “He might be my One True Love”? It’s disturbing. Particularly if said stalker boy’s only redeeming features are good looks and out-of-this-world (literally) green/blue eyes.
2. parents who don’t parent
Oh look, this book has a parent who works full time and doesn’t know anything about their child. Legit, right? PLEASE NO. Why do books insist that parents will ruin a story? Why do they cut them out, or make them useless? Parents either work all the time, secretly date someone (like the MC’s teacher), and never, ever suspect their child is in mortal danger from another dimension.
3. secondary characters with low-to-no intelligence
Frankly, it’s insulting. I don’t like it when the secondary characters never figure out the clues. Never get the guy/girl. Never win. Just because a story is about the narrator’s life, doesn’t mean the secondary characters shouldn’t have lives. Everyone has a life! (Okay, I hope everyone has a life. Okay, we’re just going to go with that term loosely.)
4. “shallow” characters
10. love triangles
Cait is addicted to books. She would rather buy books then a subway sandwich. Besides conquering the world, she would love to become a world-famous book blogger. She believes this will tie in nicely with world domination antics. Currently, she’s reading AFTERWORLD by Lynette Lounsbury which is breaking millions of her pet peeves.