"Picture this: you're five pages from the end of an amazing book. You've been reading all night, and you're almost at the end. Then you realize – this story isn't wrapping up any time soon. There's going to be a sequel. So now you're going to be lying awake at night contemplating the dubious fates of your new favorite characters.
If this has ever been you, then you'll know what I mean when I say that the standalone novel is the unsung hero of YA. Don't get me wrong, I love getting sucked into a good series, but I don't always have the time or energy to fully commit to one. Sometimes I want the magic, the romance, the intricate world-building, and the (hopefully) satisfying ending – all in one book."