WSJ doesn't know their YA.
So, I didn't link to the It Was, Like, a Dark and Stormy Night article because it was so annoying*.
And there you have it.
*Dude, please. When has teen fiction NOT been dark? And yeah, the main character in Speak is miserable -- AFTER she was raped. Not to mention the fact that that book is also rather amazing because it's hilarious as well as dark. The whole article reads like the author's "facts" come from looking at a bunch of book covers and maybe -- MAYBE -- reading a sentence or two off of the backs of the books.