My BFFL and I have been discussing my YA novel. One of her complaints of other romance novels were that in most stories the characters fall in love too quickly, for no apparent reason other than convenience, attractiveness or strange situations. In real life, it takes time to develop those feelings, emotions, etc.
Back in High School, it didn’t really take that much for some of us to have those feelings. It was the typical situation of ‘he is cute’ and ‘he smiled at me, I’m in love!’. One of the best parts about being a teenage girl is all those crazy hormones come crashing in at the same time that reality does. Not just the fantasy of falling in love but the real experience of first kiss and more.
The negative setbacks include drugs, alcohol, bullying, etc. And all the craziness is held in one building, High School for four years. I want the story to not just be as authentic as possible to real life BUT still suck people into other aspects without even realizing it’s been done. I’m hoping by taking the slow to develop route that it will not just ring true but ring deep to the reader. Fingers crossed 🙂