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TOP WORDS YOU AVOID
As children we were all told to avoid one written word: Poison. Do not ingest it, do not touch it. And do not test feed it to the plants to make them carnivorous. The word poison will eventually fade from our parents lectures to be replaced with drugs and herpes. But the stigma of reading poison anywhere will remain forever. Here are other words that turn me off when written on a back cover.
Journey usually implies lots of narration in which the main characters will over analyse the small issues in their lives and over over analyse the big ones.
Teen Girls yurk. What if you aren't one? What if you are a boy or a mother that enjoys this type of YA literature -- must you be kept aside? This type of judgmental back cover is usually a sign for dull-witted narration.
I don't always avoid dual narratives. Although, I admit that aside from The Wolves of Mercy Falls I have yet to enjoy both narratives in a book.
Too many buts can be confusing.