My daughter, Sean (12) is the voracious reader in the family (besides me). Carla (14) reads horse books. Her bible is Horse, Follow Closely by Gawani Pony Boy. She doesn´t read much fiction, although she did like The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton.
I asked Carla, if she were to choose a novel, what she would look for.
"Something realistic. About real people," she said.
So while the YA market seems to thrive on stories about seers and vampires and teenaged witches, those are not the stories my kids look for. For what it´s worth.