Pubrants has an entry that lists the 25 Most Common Things You See In YA Literature.
Gotta admit, I'm guilty of 3:
#17 – Parents who are professional writers or book illustrators (Shawna's mom is a photographer/illustrator)
#12 – A dead mother (if she dies IN the story, does it still count?)
#7 – Fingernail biting (Martha)
OK, guys, be honest: how many did YOU hit? And will any of this make you think twice about your current wips or future projects?