Do YA books need an element of romance in order to sell?
I thought there was a fair amount of romance, although it was not the focus of the story.
Writing realistic romance in any genre isn't easy. As a teenager, most of my relationships were pretty turbulent. Lotta drama and confusion, and like most young girls, I tended to Read-Too-Much-Into-Things. There was bouts of jealousy. Each new love was exhilarating and every break up was the end-of-the-world.
Shiloh and Trent's love story expresses loss and pain. A series of confusing emotions and old festering wounds. Lust and attraction. But at its core it is a story about the power of first love, and the courage of two hearts that were meant to beat tremendous odds just to be together…but will destiny split them apart?
Do teenage readers enjoy a romance subplot?