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I have just finished reading "The Forest of Hands and Teeth" (don't worry, no plot spoilers for all of you planning to read it).  I am blown away by the fact this book has been published as a young adult novel let alone a young adult romance.  The only thing young adult about it in my mind (and not necessarily a good reason) is the fact the language is so simple (and the odd "big" words often get misused), which was good in this case as it meant it took me only a day to get through.  I will admit it was a page turner but not sure if it was for the right reasons or if I will be going back there...editormum  I might be with you on this one - the jury is out.

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Good question. I love really well written YA and I think what defines it for me is its clarity. Good YA for me shouldn't patronise the reader or "talk" down to the audience. What usually sets good YA apart from adult stuff is the fact it is generally uncluttered, strong but not too many characters, well developed and a strong coherent plot. Just because it has a teenaged protagonist (and the girl in this even kept losing me as a teenager, it was like she was 17 or whatever going on 30 sometimes) doesn't make it YA.

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