I've read a few books recently that have annoyed me for one reason: the family set ups are really similar. Once I thought about it more, I realized that many YA families have a lot of similarities.
So today, let's pretend you're the main character in a YA book. Allow me to describe your immediate family for you:
Parents: There's a 90% chance that you only have one parent. The other one is dead, left a long time ago, or mysteriously disappeared because they're secretly a mermaid or faery or something like that. Most of the time the parent that's dead/missing/gone is your mom, but your dad might be gone instead. If he's the one who is gone, your mom is probably crazy or dates too many men in order to find a new ~true love.~ If your mom is gone, your dad is probably just really depressed and not over it yet.
There's also a chance that your parent has married someone new. Someone that you really, really don't like.
You probably still carry some emotional baggage around from your dead/missing parent, and it probably still affects you in ways you aren't aware of. By the end of the book, you'll probably have some big revelation about how they still influence your choices and how you need to let go and move on.
Your one parent probably doesn't play a big role in your life; they're just kind of there and mess up things up for you. They make your life difficult, but you love them anyway.
Why do you only have one parent? No idea. Ask one of the authors who have killed off your other parent.
But hey, if you have two parents, lucky you! Not only are your parents alive, but there's a huge chance that they're really cool. They probably like rock music and stuff like that. You're not embarrassed to be seen with them, as long as they aren't being all gushy in public.
Sisters: If you have a sister, good for you. If you have a little sister, she probably annoys you, but at least you have one.
But if you have an older sister, something is probably wrong with her. You think she's perfect and popular and loved by everyone, but something's wrong. She isn't happy. She has an eating disorder, or she ran away, or she hangs out with the wrong crowd. Your family is probably really surprised when you find out what's wrong, even though you all knew something was up all along.
Brothers: You probably don't have one. And even if you do, he's probably not a cliche brother. I asked some of my twitter friends about books with brothers, and I couldn't find a pattern to their behavior. Then again, most books don't have brothers in them so it's a bit difficult to be cliche, but still! No cliche brothers for you, if you have one.
Pets: Don't be silly. You don't have a pet. If you do, there's no mention of it. You're too busy hanging with your supernatural boyfriend or saving the world to take care of a dog.
What's the point of this post? you may be asking yourself. The point: I want a book with two normal parents, a normal sibling or two, and a cat.
I probably missed a bunch of cliches since I'm tired and my brain is only half-functioning, so if you can think of more, let me know!