I was lucky enough to attend the SCBWI conference in LA again this year and got a lot of sit down a chat time with some of my favorite YA authors (I may have fan-girled a little) - Jay Asher, Shannon Messenger, Kirsten Hubbard, Debra Driza, Carolyn Mackler...
The couple we've been rooting for since he tripped over her books in chapter two are FINALLY together, having pushed over one obstacle after another... But for how long?
I can tell you my attention span in high school wasn't long enough to create a "forever" kind of relationship. So the joke was that if every YA romance had an epilogue that was honest, it would read -
And six months later they broke up.
I still laugh at this, and I try to keep it in mind both when writing YA and reading YA. We're getting a glimpse into one small section of this person's life. We're not necessarily setting up their future, or finding their happily every after. (And yes, I'm aware that there are exceptions to this - especially when jumping into speculative fiction)
It's more like - Their happily ever after...for now ;-)
What do you like about YA literature?