I’ve been (probably far too slowly) critiquing a friend’s YA MS over the past few weeks. The experience has been incredibly rewarding for me. Apart from my own MS, I think that this is the most in depth analysis I’ve ever done on a book. This is probably because when I’ve read a book I’ve bought, I’ve looked for the major things like Plot, characters, style and how they’ve made the story active as opposed to passive. Invariably, I’ve been drawn along by the story and not looked as deeply as I should. But, from the next book I read I know that I will be delving a lot deeper into it.
Sorry, I seem to have gone off plot and started rambling.
Ahem… Right, now where was I? Oh yes. My critiquing...
Because I needed to provide some (hopefully) good feedback, it made me look a lot deeper into this book. (I can honestly say that the story blew me away. If she doesn’t get a deal, then there really is no justice in the world.) and it’s made me wonder whether my MS is really a YA book. It’s probably at the bottom end of YA, bordering on MG. Looks like I’ve got a bit of working out on where this fits in.