Hey everyone! Today I’m really excited to share with you a guest post by Zoe at NSP! She’s a pretty inspiring individual and I’m so glad to share with you what she thinks makes the perfect YA book.
What Makes the Perfect YA Book?
Hello everybody, this is Zoe from http://nosaferplace.co.uk and I am so excited for this guest post. I think the recipe for a perfect YA book is different for everybody, as our preferences as a reader, are all very different. Some of us like a sprinkling of romance, some of us like a dash of horror, some of us like a pinch of magic. So this post may not be what makes a perfect YA book for you, but it certainly makes a perfect one for me.
CHARACTERS YOU CAN CONNECT WITH
I think this is the most important element of a book for me. I can love the plot but if I can’t connect to any of the characters, I struggle to feel any kind of emotional connection to the book. A character I really connect with is Moonbeam, from After the Fire . When a character gradually opens up and lets their guard down to the reader, I find it so raw and honest – and those are my favourite kinds of characters – and Moonbeam has these traits down to a fine art.
BELIEVABLE WORLD BUILDING
Now a myth that I see so often is, “contemporary authors don’t build worlds”. Yes, they do. Just because the world they are describing is the real one, it doesn’t mean they don’t have to build it to fit their characters. The Bone Season series by Samantha Shannon is fantasy and she has created one of the most believable worlds I’ve ever been immersed in. Although it’s set in Dystopian London, a lot of the landmarks are the same and I can’t visit Seven Dials now without hoping to catch a glimpse of the infamous Jaxon Hall.
I’ve read a few YA books recently where the author is just trying too hard to be “cool” and “in with the kids”. When you’re writing as a teenager/young adult, you really have to be aware of pop culture, trends, even the language that they use nowadays. I’m only 23 and I struggle with the language of teens already! I think it’s a really fine line as an adult author to sound like a teen or sound like you’re trying to be a teen. A book that captures the teen voice perfectly, is Waiting for Callback by Perdita and Honor Cargill.
A GOOD PLOT
Controversially, this isn’t a deal breaker for me. If I have characters I can get lost with, the plot takes a backseat for me. The perfect plot for me though, is horror/thriller. I love unputdownable books, with twists and turns lurking at the end of every page. Horror is such an underrated genre in YA, so I know my perfect plot is definitely not for everyone. One of my favourite plots is Charlotte Says by Alex Bell. I never knew a book could leave you guessing so much.
Those are the most important elements for me, but I’d love to know what you think makes the perfect YA book! Leave your answers in the comments below, or tweet me at @zcollins1994. In my opinion, After the Fire by Will Hill is the epitome of a YA book.
BIO: Hi, I’m Zoe and I blog at http://nosaferplace.co.uk. I’m 23 years old, and I currently live in Hertfordshire with my gorgeous husband. I’m currently a full-time blogger and YouTuber (http://youtube.com/nosaferplace.
As you can probably guess, I spend the majority of time reading. Books are a huge passion of mine and always have been. Nothing makes me more enthusiastic than a good book; I’m sure you’ll find me raving about a book on my social media platforms at all times. I am a Grade 6 in singing; music is another love of mine. Spending time with my family is probably my favourite thing to do. My niece and nephew, Emily and Rory, are the lights of my life.