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#1 All Urban Everything

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Posted 19 August 2015 - 06:49 PM

My new manuscript has multi-POV and some of those characters are adults. Not all, though. The teenagers are the majority POV. That is still young adult, right? I believe it is. All roads lead to the MC who is 16, in high school, and remains a teenager through the whole book. I'm secure in calling this YA, but thought I'd throw it out there for discussion.


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Posted 19 August 2015 - 11:53 PM

My new manuscript has multi-POV and some of those characters are adults. Not all, though. The teenagers are the majority POV. That is still young adult, right? I believe it is. All roads lead to the MC who is 16, in high school, and remains a teenager through the whole book. I'm secure in calling this YA, but thought I'd throw it out there for discussion.

 

I don't think that's a problem. My novel WINTER'S QUEEN has two POVs, one from the sixteen-year-old MC and one from her father, who is also a major character. Nobody's objected to it yet.


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Posted 20 August 2015 - 08:54 AM

I've read several YA book in the past month or so, and I think that having a chapter from the POV of an adult would give some extra insight into the story. Especially since the majority of the audience would be younger, it might give them some neat insight into how adults think. I don't see it as a problem at all. 



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Posted 27 August 2015 - 10:29 AM

Yeah, I think you're good. From what I've read, content matter more for age group than actual age. Think The Host. Main character is a teenager, but it's an adult novel. So I don't see why it would be a problem the other way around, especially since your main character is a teen. It will definitely be refreshing. Props to you. Good luck!

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Posted 31 August 2015 - 08:06 PM

Thanks everyone! I'm done with the rough draft. It might be more 50/50 between the adults and the teenagers but I don't think that's unacceptable.


"Ask yourself if what you're doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow."

 

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Posted 14 October 2015 - 01:01 PM

I agree with the consensus. Though it may fall under the New Adult genre depending, sometimes it's hard to differentiate  YA protagonists are generally 12-18  New Adult protagonists are 18-30. So while your story might be told from different points of view the important question would just revolve around who is/are your main protagonist(s)? Who is the one solving the conflict?






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