What makes you want to read a book, particularly a YA book? For me it comes down to three factors:
The premise has to be original (and I like a hint of romance, if not full out). It has to have something different, that, at least at first glance, I haven't felt like I've read before. If it doesn't ring a familiar bell, I'll give the first few pages a shot.
Recommendations from others. I read on the Kindleboards * recently that someone said he or she will "give in" to reading a book if they keep hearing about it. If everywhere they turn, they see or hear something about it, they give the book the benefit of the doubt, and they try it out. I am, to an extent, the same way. If I hear something is amazing like whoa, I'll be curious enough to pick it up at least. (and blog recommendations are always welcome and googled for awesomeness)
Cover. I am a cover sucker. If the cover is good, I'm picking it up. If the cover is okay, but it at least has a little something that made me pause, I'll pick it up to look at it more. BUT, if the cover is UGH awful, I don't pick it up. I guess I figure if the story could pertain to a cover that gawsh darn awful, it might not be the best book---but I have been proven wrong, so this isn't the end all of rules.
What makes you pick up a book? One of my three? All of them? None of them? Let me know below.
Now to leave you with a song to write by, "The Fear" by Lily Allen. It's snarky and catchy.
*BTW, I'm "Writtled" on Kindleboards as well. If you're on there, say hi! :)