Favorite YA Tropes | Book Discussion

Hello, book lovers! 💕

There aren’t many tropes in YA books that I can think of that I actually like. Mostly one that I can’t stand and maybe that’s a discussion for another day. I’m going to try to talk about my favorite YA tropes. Again, there aren’t many.


I feel like a lot of people enjoy this trope. I recently watched Sam, from Thoughts on Tomes on YouTube, discuss her favorite tropes, though not necessarily YA books. Just in general. But she mentioned this one, and that was kind of the inspiration behind this post.

Anyway, I really like a slow burn romance. Anything that’s not insta-love. Anything BUT insta-love. Enemies to lovers – or even friends to lovers – makes the romance feel more realistic, especially if the characters don’t fall head-over-heels for each other the moment they meet. That just doesn’t happen in real life. And I know reading gets people out of reality, but for contemporary, at least for me, I want the romance to be realistic. Even in a fantasy setting, the romance should be realistic.

As for enemies to lovers, I love the banter back and forth between the characters. I don’t know what it is about that, but every time I read dialogue like that, I squeal in delight. Maybe because I know they’re meant to be together, but they don’t realize that yet, and it’s cute to see that banter between them. Throughout the whole book, I’m rooting for them more when they get don’t together right away. Because why else have a romance if the characters don’t work towards it?

Boarding Schools (Normal or Magical)

I don’t see this as much mainly because I think of this trope as being more in middle grade books. But in most cases, I enjoy boarding school settings because it reminds me of Harry Potter, even if it isn’t a magical boarding school the main character is going too.

But I never get mad to see that a book is set in a boarding school. It’s a good change of pace when it is. The only book that I recently read set in a boarding school was Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson. So I’d definitely be interested in some recommendations if anyone has any because I know there are a lot.

Being stuck together leads to romance (or friendship)

This is in the same vein as the enemies to lovers trope. But in the sense that there is this awkwardness between the main characters, and it’s just the right amount of cringe and cute. I know that the main characters are going to ultimately get together in the end, but watching it get there is the best part. It’s especially great if there are alternating perspectives, and the reader is able to get the internal monologue from both the characters.

The one book that comes to mind when I think about this trope is By Your Side by Kasie West. It’s about a two characters who get locked in a library for an entire weekend. (Yes a library!) The characters are from two totally different groups in school, the guy being the notorious “bad boy.”

This book gives me The Breakfast Club vibes, and I loved every minute of it. I loved reading to find out if the two characters’ romance would blossom after the weekend they spent in the library.

So those were the tropes in YA books that I don’t mind, but actually really enjoy. What are some of yours? Do you agree with the ones that I like? Let me know in the comments below!

Published by The Reading Addict

I am a twenty-something-year-old who is an avid reader. I love anything from young adult fantasy to adult fiction to young adult contemporary. I also love to play video games and draw and watch movies and TV shows. And this is my safe space where I can gush about everything I love.

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