Five YA Book Cliches

Hey everyone! I hope you are having a good weekend so far! This will be a fun post. It’ll be about different cliches in YA books. The definition of cliche is: a phrase or opinion that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought. So, this post will cover some things that are in a lot of YA books!

#1: Raising one eyebrow

“He raises one eyebrow at me” is in so many books. It’s usually the love interest, and it’s just so common. And they usually smirk too. Here’s an example: “He raises one eyebrow at me, and smirks mockingly.” I can only raise one eyebrow if I lower the other one, and it just looks so strange.

#2: Weirdly colored eyes

This is another thing that’s in a lot of YA books. It’s either that they have have weirdly colored eyes, like gold or purple, they have beautiful eyes, like green flecked with gold, or they have some unusual shade of eyes. Like, their eyes are an unusual shade of green, like sea foam.

#3: Their eyes change color

I know of at least a few books where the narrator thinks the love interest’s eyes are one color, but then no! They get a closer look and see that they are actually a different color! It usually goes something like this: “I thought his eyes were blue, but now that I get a closer look, I can see that they are actually an unusual shade of grey.”

#4: Letting out a breath they didn’t know they were holding

This has to be one of the most common ones. It’s in almost every book. It’s never “I let out my breath” or “I hold my breath. Then I let out the breath”. Nope! It has to be that they let out a breath they didn’t know they were holding. How did they not know they were holding their breath?

#5: Their heart is pounding

This is also another that is in a lot of books. Like, a bunch. I think that almost every book I know of has a part where the narrator is thinking “I’m surprised they can’t hear my heart pounding” or “My heart is pounding so loud, I think it might burst”. But this is more believable than the letting out a breath they didn’t know they were holding.


I hope this was a fun post! Are any of these in your current read? Comment if you want a part two! πŸ™‚

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13 thoughts on “Five YA Book Cliches

      1. OH MY GOSH!!! THIS IS MY MOMENT πŸ˜€πŸ˜‚
        Ok ok, the male love interest doing a ‘crooked grin’???? Like..huhhh??? How do you grin crookedly??
        Or the female protagonist (usually has rlly bad self-esteem) gets all dressed up and looks in the mirror and thinks/says ‘i can’t recognize the girl in the mirror.’ I don’t think this one is that bad, but it’s sooo cliche πŸ˜‚
        Or the main character is a lowly citizen and then the royalty or some higher power chooses them as the ‘chosen one.’
        OR (omg I’m having too much fun 🀣🀣), the protagonist has a dream that literally answers the whole story.
        …that’s all I can think of for now..πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

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      2. Rebekah

        Oh my gosh! These are all in so many books! And yeah, they always grin crookedly. How??? And looking in the mirror, and saying they don’t recognize themselves. And, yes! The ‘chosen one!!!’ And the dream!!! These are all so good! I’ll definitely be using some of them in the next part!!! Thanks for giving me some more ideas!!!

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