It’s Valentine’s Day! The day of love is upon us so I thought I’d do a little something to celebrate it. I’ve asked a number of bloggers and authors what their favourite romances in YA books are so today I’m here to share them all with you. I love reading everyone’s entries and I got a lot of new book recommendations as well.
Sofia – The Reading Fangirl:
Romance is something I completely fall head over heels for in a book. If there is a very cute and swoonworthy romance, I will most likely fall in love with your book. But when trying to think of my favourite romance in a book, I struggled a little bit. There are so many amazing couples that I love and that I want to show recognition to. However, I do have one ultimate couple and this may be a slightly cliched answer but I absolutely love Finnick Odair and Annie Cresta from The Hunger Games. I have always loved their undying love for each other which is especially shown in Mockingjay. They were probably the first couple that I truly ‘shipped’ and that’s why they will forever hold a special place in my heart. There are many many many other couples that I ship but these two will always reign supreme for me.
Anna McKerrow- Author of Crow Moon:
My favourite romance specifically in YA (excluding Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca, where the heroine is in her teens and is surely one of the best and moodiest, lush, dark romances of all time) at the moment is between Cornish surfer girl Iris and Hawaiian sex god and all round good guy surfer Zeke in Lisa Glass’ Blue. Both characters are fully rounded, well written and self possessed, and Iris is an independent, strong, opinionated young girl that faces the prospect of surf success and landing (let’s face it) the best boyfriend ever with calm and practicality. Their romance is sweet and honest, with the obligatory romance-genre misunderstandings and cross purposes, but one that you really root for, and the atmosphere of their relationship sits perfectly against the natural, romantic power of the Cornish sea. Lush.
Charli – To Another World:
Charli Talks about Her Favourite Romances, aka Charli is a Lonely Nerd and is a Sucker for Romance
Favourite YA romances? Sofia, are you trying to kill me with decisions? Well. Avoiding TFiOS as an option, because some other books need some love, have some recommendations…
Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins – Anna is great; as is Isla. But Lola is my favourite, because I really love both characters and their family situations.
Skin Deep by Laura Jarrett – I love this one because it’s full of hope and sadness (sadness is a gorgeous, leads-to-fluff way).
Lobsters by Lucy Ivison and Tom Ellen – Read this one in the summer, preferably on a beach. It’s cute and fluffy and full of that beautiful awkwardness that us teenagers love.
Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson – This way in no way a perfect book to me; but the romance was my favourite bit about it. Also read on a beach (sensing a theme…).
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell – Do I need to explain this one? Really?
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion – This is an adult book, but I’m sneaking it in, because I loved this. It’s great. Definitely not for everyone, but I adored it.
Asmaa – Asmaa The Critic:
The first relationship that comes to mind when I think of my favourite YA romance is the relationship between Sydney Sage and Adrian Ivashkov (from Richelle Mead’s Bloodlines series). The dynamic of their relationship evolves with the series and it is amazing to be able to read about them as two separate people learning about each other, and for me, as a reader, to learn with them about the world they live in. It is nice to see how Sydney matures throughout the books and learns to the love Adrian and accept him for who he is. I think it’s my favourite romance because they are two very unlikely people who develop in such a way that isn’t portrayed much. There’s normally the whole “love at first sight” cliche, but Sydney and Adrian’s relationship shows that people have to work with each other to fall in love. It gives us a real insight to a relationship and how the couple both have to work, it’s not as effortless as films make it out to be.
Makayla – Always That Book Addict:
When Sofia asked me to write about my favourite romance in a book, too many things came to my head at once but nothing individual really stood out so I asked her and she said I could talk about any romance so that’s what I’m going to do. I thought it would only be right to talk about Sofia’s favourite author as she is one of mine too. Rainbow Rowell. Although I love all of her books, I’m only allowed to talk YA, so in Fangirl, I love the cuteness between Cath and Levi. They are one of the cutest couples ever and I love how the relationship is slowly built on throughout the book and I love the character development of Cath that ultimately allows her to be with Levi. Another author that I love is Stephanie Perkins, the author of Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and Isla and the Happily Ever After. I think my favourite book is Lola because Lola and Cricket Graham Bell. What is not to like? I love Lola because I love the way that Lola and Cricket just come together. I love how the thought of them being together just takes away the fact that Lola was with the idiot named Max when the book began. Another thing I love about this book is that Anna and Etienne return and I loved their romance in Anna but somehow I loved it more in Lola because it all just comes together for them too.
Honourable mentions: Cassandra Clare, Richelle Mead, Lauren Oliver
Heather – Heather Reviews: