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#AtoZChallenge: Genres–YA Romance

The A to Z Challenge asks bloggers to post 26 articles on a themed topic. It’s supposed to be every day except Sundays during the month of April but I find that too busy and decided to post mine ‘about’ once a month. Yes, it’ll take me a couple of years. Sigh.

My topic, like the last three times, is writing genres.

This genre:

YA Romance


romance written for YA that includes a teenage protagonist, typically female and middle-class

Tipsa to z

  1. Show understanding of a young person’s perspective and recognize what love means to that age.
  2. Remember that teens often feel awkward and self-conscious about romance because they have never experienced it before.
  3. This should include coming-of-age elements.
  4. Include response/interactions with the protagonist’s peers.
  5. Don’t focus too much on physical description. Leave that to the readers’ imagination.
  6. Make the characters imperfect because… they are!
  7. Be sure the romance seems awkward, because it will be.
  8. Most YA Romance novels have female protagonists, are targeted to a young female audience.

Popular Books

A note: Since this isn’t my genre, I relied on websites I thought would provide a good list. Let me know if I missed the mark:

  1. All the Little Lights by Jamie McGuire
  2. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  3. Eleanor & Park, by Rainbow Rowell
  4. Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdar
  5. I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston
  6. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  7. The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green
  8. TJ Powar Has Something to Prove by Jesmeen Kaur Deo
  9. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
  10. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

BTW: If the book you’ve written fits into the Z genre, let me know in the comments and I’ll include you, the book title, and where to purchase it.

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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Man vs. Nature saga, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the acclaimed Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Savage Land Winter 2024


39 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge: Genres–YA Romance

  1. Hi Jacqui – congratulations on being ahead for this year’s A-Z … I think I should spend a little time occasionally reading one or two of these – out of interest. Congratulations on nearing the finishing line – cheers Hilary

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  2. I think I would have a hard time writing YA romance just because the lines are somewhat blurred as far as how intimate to get. Today’s teens are so much more advanced than I was in the sixties. I think it takes a special insight.

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