Skip to Content

5 Things We Love To Say In YA

I read a lot of books, but I read a WHOLE lot of young adult books, and I’ve noticed a few repeats here and there.

Here’s the thing… there are a lot of words in books, and there are a lot of different emotions, actions, looks, and such. So, I am cool with the repeats. Heck- I’ve kind of embraced some of the repeats and even tried to make them my own from time to time.*

  • Blushing- Man oh man do those teenagers blush. Their cheeks flush, their faces burn, the blood rushes. We’re all about a good blush. I don’t know about you–but when I was a teenager, I was like the queen of the blush around the cute boys, so I am in for this one.
  • Trembling Hands- Oh those crazy hands. They tremble, they shake, they sweat. Our hands do all sortsa stuff in YA, it’s like the hands are our key to the kiss scene emotions the main character is feeling.
  • Washboard Abs- All the boys have a great six pack. I don’t know what they do to get that way, but damn boys of YA Land have a seriously amazing workout regimen.
  • Eye Rolling- She rolled her eyes, Her eyes went to the heavens, Moms tell them not to roll their eyes. If ever there was an overused facial expression its this one. But, I have to admit that pretty much every time I’m in the presence of a teen, there’s some eye rolling going on.
  • Butterflies- What is up with those fluttering tummies? I think they make an ointment for that, or um– maybe a bug spray?
*Notice how I said repeat several times in a row. That was me embracing them. 🙂

Rosemary Clement-Moore

Friday 19th of March 2010

I'm guilty of blushing and eye-rolling, but I try to use it wisely. Unfortunately some things are a cliche because they're true. I remember being embarrassed by *everything* as a teen. And eye rolling? Yeah.

However, I don't think I've mentioned washboard abs, though I have mentioned thighs more than once. Justin is a runner. Mmmmm.


Friday 19th of March 2010

Great list. I love YA books also, and I had a good laugh because you nailed them! Thanks for the chuckle (and the great pictures!) .-= Cheryl´s last blog ..Green Home Office Tip: Online Fax Services =-.

Chantal Kirkland

Friday 19th of March 2010

I'm a HUGE offender of the blushing-type. But I never use the eye rolling (as directed by my criting group, thank you Jamie). However, now that you mention it, I do have some hand shaking and shivering going-on...maybe I should look into that... .-= Chantal Kirkland´s last blog ..5 Reasons I Hate Spring Break =-.

Liz Czukas

Thursday 18th of March 2010

I think I'm guilty of all but the trembling hands. Although, sometimes my characters get sweaty hands. But, my adult characters are guilty of eye rolling, too. Maybe because I do it all the time myself! Ha, I so never grew up.

- Liz .-= Liz Czukas´s last blog ..Interview with Steve Novak =-.

Mary Malcolm

Thursday 18th of March 2010

My boys don't have washboard abs...they're skinny geek hot. *lol* And my girls never giggle. They gag, they glare, they purse their lips, but they will be caught dead before a giggle escapes their mouths. And their bellies? Hot lava or painful turning, sometimes flipping and flopping, but no bugs.

I am, unfortunately, an eye-roller and sometimes blusher. But never, ever, ever a hand trembler.