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This page is a great place to leave any recommendations.
A list of the tags I’m using and what for:
Author’s last names: Helpful once an archive gets built up, especially since my memory is horrible and I can forget that I’ve read an author before.
boys: Boys are either the market for this book or could easily be convinced to read it. And not just the brave ones able to see an interesting book past a pink cover.
boarding school: It can be easier to write an adult-free existence when there really aren’t that many around. I’m a sucker for books set at boarding schools.
feminism: Strong female characters are important to me. And reading about feminism is interesting. This tag can apply to both.
homosexuality: Deals with homosexuality as a topic or has gay characters.
popular boyfriend: Tied to this post from Diana Peterfreund. It applies when the main character has a relationship with someone of higher social or class standing than herself. They can be officially dating, just having a sexual relationship, or are even still at the flirtation stage but the relationship plays a big part in the story. Maybe the guy is jarringly perfect and the heroine doesn’t understand what he sees in her. Maybe he’s the jock with a heart of gold (hey, I knew a few). Or maybe he’s the eye candy keeping her from realizing the potential of her dorky best friend (my dorky best friends always thought I would eventually figure out their worth, I never did). This is a pretty broad category.
pyschic powers: this is one of the ways I’m trying to deal with “magic” that isn’t a magical realist story.
secret societies: College students and secret societies are new, hot topics in YA books. And they are fun!
series: Pretty self-explanatory. I probably won’t remember to use this as often as I should, though.
sex with adult: Another one of my broad categories with a confusing name. Often the adult is a teacher, sometimes just someone older. Even someone 18 when the character in question is noticeably younger. Sometimes it isn’t even full on sexual intercourse, though most of the time it is. Again, similarly to “popular boyfriend,” the relationship may only be sexual, may be serious, or may only be a flirtation that is a primary plot point.
specialized high school: Books whose characters (or author, Stuy kids are always getting book deals) go to one of New York City’s public but highly competetive specialized schools. Like Stuyvesent, Bronx Science, Brooklyn Tech or LaGuardia Arts.
starred: Publisher’s Weekly here I come. Starred means I’m giving this book and A+, though a purely objective one.
vampires: Vampire romance is fun, but I also like the mythology and world building aspects of a good vampire story.
zombies: zombies are big this year.