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Without further ado, here are ten settings I'd like to see more of in YA literature:
It's big. It's pretty. I've never been there. LET'S HAVE MORE SPACE BOOKS.
2. Los Angeles
I know there's hardly a shortage of books set in my home town/current home, but it's always fun to read about a place you're familiar with. I read a book once that mentioned my high school BY NAME and I felt famous-adjacent.
3. New Zealand
|LOOK AT THAT it's so pretty it cannot even be REAL|
Arguably one of the most gorgeous countries I've ever visited and definitely one of the most fascinating. Kiwis are awesome and I want to read more books about them!
4. On a boat
I spent a lot of my childhood on boats. They work beautifully as book settings, since if you're on a boat, you're automatically going on an ADVENTURE, and the setting is enclosed, meaning all the characters are trapped together to create DRAMA.
5. Under the sea
WHY NOT, I say? I'd loved to read YA books set in underwater kingdoms or even in a submarine.
I. Love. Food. A lot. I love reading books about people who make food or eat food or just look at food. Let's have more foodie YA novels!
7. Renaissance Faires/historical reenactments or carnivals/amusement parks
I love reading books about teenagers with interesting and unusual jobs. I feel jobs at these places would qualify.
8. Ye Olden Times
Which Olden Times? I don't care. Pick one. More historical YA is fine by me.
Historical Russia or contemporary Russia. Either is fine with me. I looooove Russia. It is definitely the country I most hope to visit one day (in the summer, for obvious reasons).
10. Boarding school
Has it been done many a time? Of course it has. Doesn't mean it isn't super fun to read about. And there are no grownups around to interfere.
Because Paris holds the key to my heart.
By the way, it is a crime that there are no full clips of this scene on Youtube. Someone fix this.
Honorable mentions: New England, the South, Mexico, Spain, India, the Wild West, islands, airships, New England, underground, London, the Himalayas, the South Pacific, anywhere in Scandinavia, the jungle, Antarctica, oh my God I could do this forever.