Is my story relatable?
For example, I'll bring up The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, a book many teen readers have read. The Hunger Games features teenagers dealing with difficult life decisions, and although these decisions differ vastly from the ones I and others are currently making, they are still something very relatable for teenagers. Not having the means to do something we really want to do (in Katniss' case, escape the games with her friend intact), and then finding a means by which to do it is what many teenagers hope to do. This life is real, but it is also a fantasy world that the writer has created.
There has to be some sort of realistic element that let's the reader acknowledge that this situation isn't too crazy to believe.
How is it that you keep the balance between fantasy and real life? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!