A YA with an atmosphere & setting impossible to extract myself from. (I felt this way about adult novels RULES OF CIVILITY & THE SECRET HISTORY, and Laini Taylor’s DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE in YA.)
I want a middle grade that will make me cry, but also laugh–maybe at the same time. I’m a big fan of childhood grief handled well in MG.
A high-concept YA comedy of manners.
A YA romance with an interesting structure; think 500 Days of Summer, The Last Five Years, The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan, and How to Love by Katie Cotugno.
An incredible middle grade with a fully-realized world (whether magical realism, contemporary, or historical.)
Magical realism with a literary feel in both middle grade and YA.
Quirky, funny, and heartwarming coming-of-age stories with high concept hooks in middle grade.
I would love a YA friendship love story–that is, a YA where the primary relationship is one between best friends. Think Code Name Verity, or an updated Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.