I love YA, and since you're reading this blog, I assume you do as well. However, it's quite clear that YA has a lot of books with similar aspects and not so much of those with others. Here is a list of what I would like to see more in YA.
Standalone novels. There are plenty of these in the YA contemporary genre, but these days I feel like I can't read a dystopian or fantasy without feeling obligated to pick up book two, and three, and six thousand. Following series can be great, but often the story just seems to be stretched far beyond where it needs to be.
Psychological suspense. I love psychological suspense. I love twisted characters and murders, the kinds of books that lurk in every shadow and populate your nightmares when you stay up too late reading them. There are an excellent few, but it's not a genre I see a lot of new releases written in.
Angst-free characters. I get it - life sucks, things are hard, everyone's sad. And I completely understand when a character is struggling emotionally and there are words written to this effect. What I don't like so much is when there are pages upon pages of a character's angsty moans. Let's have some strong, tough protagonists who can hold their own against the world.
What do you think about these, and what do you want more of in YA?