For all my friends who are YA writers -- Is romance in the air?
If your novel has a romantic thread then you need to check out this must-read post: Crushes and Chemistry by Mary Kole. Kole is an associate agent at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency and a YA and MG writer.
Kole points out that although romance is hugely attractive to YA readers, the romantic fantasy is often more superficial than genuine. Do you want to take your characters to the next level? She offers some very practical suggestions to help you.