Later this spring I’ll be speaking at a chi lit conference in Minneapolis. My topic: the line between YA and adult lit. I’d love to steal your ideas and pass them off as my own! So… answer this, please. Say you pick up a novel in a brown paper wrapper and you begin reading on page one. What are the four or five clues that will make you decide “YA” or “Adult?”

And please: I don’t want to hear any writerly nonsense, e.g., “I never think about audience.” THAT won’t help me.