Our Favorite Literary Loves (from YA Books) of the Moment
While some may argue that the couples in books such as Harry Potter, The Hunger Games and Twilight are the greatest loves of all time, we’d like to fill you in on our top 5 favorites at this very moment. You know, to keep in the spirit of Valentine’s Day. As self-professed connoisseurs of YA literature, we feel that it’s almost necessary to fill you in. Then, after you’re done, join in the conversation and tell us your personal faves in the comments. (WARNING: Possible spoilers ahead!)
Tris and Four (Divergent): We’re truly hoping that Shailene Woodley and… whoever plays her love interest can live up to our expectations, because we’re completely invested in Beatrice “Tris” Prior and Tobias “Four” Eaton’s relationship. In the dystopian novel, Tris leaves her family and faction, Abnegation, behind to join the braves in Dauntless; among them is Four. Their love is not exactly forbidden, though he is her instructor, but the fact that he becomes so protective of her (even though she’s “not pretty”) in such a short period of time is heart-warming. From him supporting her on the Ferris wheel even though he’s afraid of heights to drunkenly telling her she looked good, we were hooked. Book 3, please come out now!
Juliette and Adam (Shatter Me): Think of Juliette as Rogue from X-Men; when she touches people, they get seriously hurt. (She accidentally killed a toddler!) So even making friends is a nightmare for her. But Adam Kent is different. They both knew each other when they were kids, before she got locked away for murdering the child. And even when they were kids, knowing of her ability, he still had feelings for her because of her good heart. Fast forward to present day, the two find out that he’s able to withstand her dangerous feelers. So you can only guess what that leads to — love. And lots more touching. The second book, Unravel Me, just came out this month and we’ve already read it (and reread it).
Tessa and Will (The Infernal Devices): Since The Mortal Instruments‘ Clary and Jace are getting all the love this week — did you see our interview with Lily and Jamie?? — we wanna shed some light on the lovestruck characters from the Cassandra Clare prequel. Tessa and Will both fall for each other early on, sharing a few kisses here and there, but he believes he has a curse on him that kills anyone who loves him. So instead of courting her (since this is set in the 1800s), he acts like a jerk, pushing her away and into the arms of his Parabatai (a.k.a. best friend/almost brother, but with a stronger bond), Jem. Love him, but love Will more. Sorry. The third book, Clockwork Princess, hits shelves on March 19 of this year. Crossing our fingers that it goes our way!
Eve and Caleb (Eve): So far, we’ve yet to see fan art for this series — someone, hop to it! — but we promise that it’s worth your time. Eve lives in a world where the females are separated from the males since childbirth, and grow up to fear the opposite sex. However, when she learns of what happens to girls upon graduation, she runs away, into the wild and meets Caleb. She’s totally afraid of him at first — after all, she had the idea that boys were lethal for 18 years — but then begins to trust him when he helps her as she’s being chased by soldiers. To bring you up to speed with the second book in the series, Eve’s actually a princess and is brought back to her father, the king of the new world. Then Caleb finds her, they plan to run away together, yadda yadda yadda. It’s love; that’s all that matters. The final book in the trilogy, Rise, comes out this April. Can’t wait!
Lena and Alex (Delirium): With the third book, Requiem, releasing next month — psst, already read it; your hearts will drop — and a FOX television pilot on the way, you could’ve bet that the Delirium twosome would make the cut. In a futuristic society where love is considered a disease, and you get “cured” of the illness at 18, Lena and Alex still manage to find each other and develop their prohibited feelings for each other. Yes, another guy comes along in Book #2, but does anyone ever forget their first love?
P.S. We’re working with Figment.com, HarperTeen and the author of Delirium, Lauren Oliver, on the ultimate writing contest, where you could win a trip to NYC to visit the HarperTeen offices, plus a one-year column on Teen.com! Click the link below for all the details.