For the sake of keeping things simple, the following depends on thinking of young adult as a genre. I really don't want to get distracted by an argument as to whether it is or not and I respectfully ask that you address the question I ask below rather than thread jack into a discussion of YA as a genre. Most Respectfully, Justin. What would you consider to be the tropes of YA? Which of these tropes would you consider to be cliche? Some of them are obvious; a teenaged (or early 20s) voice, first person POV, present tense, a female voice, an ugly duckling (the protagonist is trying to find their place in society).