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1. NEW YORK CITY
I will always give a book about NYC a chance. I love my city and I'll read just about anything that includes it. I always get absurdly excited when a specific location I live near is mentioned. It's not QUITE like when you see your supermarket in the backdrop of a movie or a TV show, but it's similar. Or at least for me it is? Furthermore, I have a strange fascination with NYC disaster stories. Hey now, Day After Tomorrow and Cloverfield. I don't know why I love. I just do.
I love retellings, especially of books/stories I love. Fairytale retellings really are the best, but retellings of the classics or whatever else work too.
Authors are so clever sometimes, especially when it comes to creating stories with mythology involved. I like Greek mythology the best, but I'm into the others as well.
4. MALE PROTAGONIST
I'm always curious when there's a male main character. It's rarer in YA fiction. I can't say I always love the result, but I'm very, very curious and will generally pick it up unless there's a good reason not to.
I FREAKING LOVE THE 1920'S. So much intrigue. I love mobsters and flappers and prohibition. All of these things TOTALLY make for an interesting story. Basically, someone write a YA Guys and Dolls and I will buy it.
This could stem from my love of all things Veronica Mars and old noir films - like Sunset Boulevard - but if a book has a noir feel, I'm all for it. ALL FOR IT. I also really like Agatha Christie books. Basically, if there's a good mystery involved, I'm interested.
I don't mean witchcraft - although I used to really like the movie The Craft - I mean MAGIC ala Harry Potter or Tamora Pierce or King Arthur/Merlin times. But anyway, the kind of magic I like is embedded in the universe of the book, which means I mostly read fantasy to find my magic fix.
I've always liked werewolves more than vampires, so any book that's werewolf based (hi Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater) has my attention. Either way, bottom line: NO MORE VAMPIRES. PLEASE.
Personally, I hated my prom. Maybe that's why I like to read about it? Or maybe it's because prom is ALWAYS super dramatic and I'm all about good, dramatic stories with pretty dresses and cute boys (because prom stories also always have cute boys).
10. THE BEACH
It's always like pulling teeth to get me TO the beach but I always love it once I get there. I especially love books I can read once I get there (sometimes they even convince me to GO to the beach, which is even better). Now, everyone knows the best beach reads are books that take place on the beach themselves, so BRING THE BEACH BOOKS.
There are a lot of other things that make me pick up books - ESPECIALLY pretty covers - but this a pretty comprehensive list. What do you guys look for in a book/book summary? Let me know in the comments below!