For my “Y” post, I decided to interview a YA reader. She’s fifteen, a freshman in high school, a talented artist, and a voracious reader. (And no, that’s not her in the photo below.)
What are your favorite types of YA books to read? I like romance. Contemporary is my first choice, but a good story trumps all.
What type of characteristics do you want the female protagonist to possess? She should be smart. I also like when her decision skills echo mine (doesn’t make uncharacteristic decisions). She doesn’t always have to be independent, but I do want her to be passionate about what she believes in or something that’s a big deal to her.
What type of characteristics do you want the male protagonist to possess? A sense of humor and wit are important. Intelligent, too, and also passionate. I don’t care what kind of student they are. And sentimental responsibilities are more impressive than day-to-day responsibilities.
When finishing a book, what’s your favorite reaction? I want to be emotionally affected. And if the ending is going to be unhappy, it should be sad unhappy, not bad unhappy. She gave me an example of a book with an impactful ending using the Fault in Our Stars by John Green, but I won’t share her explanation since it contains a spoiler.
How much does the cover art influence your choice in books? Tremendously. I’d say it’s the most important part.
What else affects your decision to choose a book? The summary on the back would be second.
What about recommendations from friends? I usually listen to those.
What are you reading now? Kissed by an Angel by Elizabeth Chandler
Best book that you’ve read? Crash by Nicole Williams. I really liked the concept. Fault in Our Stars is a very close second.
Do you have any preferences within the fantasy genre? No preference in fantasy. I just want a good story.