A clever young man named John Hansen came up with the Twitter hashtag #VeryRealisticYA. Here are a few contributions that have been posted:
"Broody bad boy says something sexist to quiet, bookish girl. Girl puts him in his place.They never go out." - Ava Jae
"Nerdy girl is paired in school project with bad boy. She does all the work and they never speak again." - Janine Mimi De Jesus
"Teen accidentally uploads embarrassing video to YouTube. The next school day is normal because it got only two views." - Brooks Benjamin
"Two teens saving the world are not romantically attracted to each other." - Mackenzi Lee
"Girl politely declines to be the face of the revolution because it's junior year and she has too much homework." - John Hansen
"Where are you going, young lady?" / "To help the Outsiders overthrow the Authority." /"Not on a school night, you're not." - Paul Krueger
To which we might add, #RealisticWriters:
"Single mother works every morning for years to write her teen/YA novel, realizes that success is unlikely, stops writing and goes to work as a waitress."
It's a good thing writers aren't realistic!