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Bittercon: what makes a book *not* YA?

There's been a lot of talk in this con so far about YA. YA has been described elsewhere in Bittercon as a bridge, a safe place to go when you've outgrown children's books and aren't yet ready for adult books - though, as mrissa pointed out, lot of us of all ages do read both YA and adult books - I have, from about age 10 to the present. In one comment thread, someone took issue with my contention that Peg Kerr's The Wild Swans is *not* YA (despite two protagonists who are in fact young adults) so I thought I'd bring the question up here.

What makes a book not YA to you? Is it just lots of gratuitous sex and violence? A focus on the lives of people who are older, acting in accordance with the lessons learned over time, like a Barbara Hambly character? is it the level of complexity? Or is it something else?
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