The Young Adult Genre possess several characteristic. Romance is an essential quality in this particular genre, and conflicts within it provides a great deal of relevancy on the plot of many novels. The main characters are adolescents, with adults occupying a peripheral role. Emphasis on friendships and social attachments are critical in this genre, and exploring the conflicts and challenges within these connections is also an essential trait in the genre. In addition to this, there is a distinct emphasis on information technology, and using it as a form of expression or social interaction. As the text is driven by teen conflicts, another trait of the genre is an emphasis on fashion, social popularity, cosmetic appearance as well as the implications of all of these. The themes of these novels have a tendency to conclude in a morally optimistic tone, or in a manner that will reflect sequels or additional extension of the original text.
I would not consider Young Adult Romance the same as Adult Romance. First of all, the protagonists in young adult romance are often teenagers in high school. Young adult romance will often involve social issues revolving around teenagers, such as the insecurity of not being considered one of the in crowd or popular group. A lot of adult romance will have sexually explicit material and focus on sexual acts, while young adult romance is mostly about the feeling of falling in love.