Every Tuesday, the site The Broke and the Bookish posts a prompt for a top-ten-style list, and book bloggers around the web respond to it on their blogs. The prompt this week is Top Ten Words/Topics That Instantly Make Me Buy/Pick Up A Book. Here they are in no particular order.

1.) Backwards tropes—I’m always interested in stories that take clichés and mess with them. As an extreme in the same vein, Megan McCafferty (author of the Jessica Darling series) has a really cool book called Bumped, in which adults can no longer have children, so young people have to be surrogate parents; and this whole culture has formed where being a teen mom is cool and attractive and desirable, and there’s all this pressure for teen girls to get pregnant. It’s weird. And really interesting.

2.) Romances that stem from rivalries. It’s always fun to watch how two people go from hating each other to adorably not-so-hating each other. You know it’s going to happen; you can just sit back and watch while smirking knowingly.

3.) Motley crew quests. Take an assemblage of ridiculous characters and give them a common goal that they must team up to achieve, and you’ve got something I’m most likely going to read.

4.) Weird alternate societies. See my comment in number one. I’m fascinated by societies with drastically different norms than ours, which seem perfectly normal to the characters. I read a lot of dystopians, and I especially prefer the ones where everyone still thinks things are fine.

5.) Forbidden love. Always a good place to look for juicy romance.

6.) Between Louise Rennison and Sue Limb, I’ve had a lot of success with sassy British teen girl books, so if I see such a book, I’ll be interested.

7.) Books where the love interest is mysterious and/or misunderstood. Because yay.

8.) Books by Sarah Dessen. I’ve read every one of her books and they’ve all been amazing, so if it has her name on it, I will not only pick it up, but cling to it and dance with it. It could be an assembly manual or a textbook for all I care.

9.) I’m generally intrigued by books about boarding schools, since I’ve never been to one and they seem very exotic and unreal to me.

10.)It’s getting a little overrepresented, but YA books set in New York City tend to be fun. There’s a certain kind of lifestyle possible there that a teen—or an adult, really—can’t have in many other cities, and it makes for good stories.

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