One of my most basic presuppositions about humans is that they are very impressionable and, under the right circumstances, can be easily manipulated. I think this is especially true for youth.
So. Going along with that presupposition…we have teens—highly impressionable, (potentially) easily manipulated teens—that are being exposed to ideas about who they are, who they are supposed to be, what constitutes a relationship, what constitutes a good relationship, etc.
And then, we have YA books that serve as idea-givers alongside other sources of media, from tv to radio to the net and beyond.
Are you beginning to see the magnitude of such influence??? (If you haven’t already, that is?) But back to making my main point…