It’s February! Which means it’s time for roses, chocolate, and of course, YA romance! I am absolutely biased, but I have a hard time enjoying a YA novel if there isn’t a good love story in it! It’s probably the romantic in me, but there’s such a nostalgia to those teenage love stories that makes you remember your first kiss, your first love, and yes, even your first heartbreak. Is it because everything just feels so much more intense as a teen? Whatever the reason, we all love reliving and remembering those feelings of being a teen in love!
So in honor of Valentine’s Day, here is a list of my top three YA couples. These YA couples are much more efficient at sugary sweetness than even the sappiest conversation heart!
1. Harry and Ginny (The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling)
Okay, this couple is my favorite because it’s HARRY POTTER. And I am obsessed. But aside from that minor fact, I just love how Ginny was always in love with Harry from the moment she was an adorable eleven year old that put her elbow in the butter dish or dropped her bowl of porridge on the floor if he even walked into the room. She always had a crush on Harry, but it wasn’t until later, when she got confident enough to let go of her crush and build a reputation for herself as a great quidditch player with a spunky sense of humor, Harry finally took notice. And although their onscreen romance was awful (“shoelace” anyone?), their book romance was much sweeter!
“And he knew that at that moment, they understood each other perfectly, and when he told her what he was going to do now, she would not say ‘be careful’ or ‘don’t do it’, but she would accept his decision because she would not have expected anything less of him.”
2. Percy and Annabeth (The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan)
Percy and Annabeth take a close second. In terms of actual swoon-worthiness, Percy and Annabeth actually blow Harry and Ginny out of the water. They too start out as awkward eleven year olds, who don’t even notice each other “that way” until like the third book in the series! But when they finally do, it’s so sweet! She kisses him right before a volcano blows up, what could be more romantic than that? By far my favorite Percabeth moment though takes place when they fall into Tartarus together, and Percy chooses to fall with her rather than save himself. They literally make it through hell together! *cue sobbing*
“We’re staying together,” he promised. “You’re not getting away from me. Never again.” Only then did she understand what would happen. A one-way trip. A very hard fall. ”As long as we’re together,” she said…She saw sunlight far, far above- maybe the last sunlight she would ever see. Then Percy let go of his ledge, and together, holding hands, he and Annabeth fell into the endless darkness.”
3. Susannah and Jesse (The Mediator series by Meg Cabot)
This couple is nowhere near as well known as the other two, but they are still one of my favorites. If you haven’t had a chance to read that series yet, I highly recommend it! It’s about a girl who can see ghosts and it’s her job to help them figure out why they are “stuck here” so that they can move on. Of course, when she moves to Carmel, California, she meets the ghost of a handsome cowboy that haunts her bedroom. He affectionately calls her “querida” through most of the books, and she’s secretly in love with him. They go through so much together as he helps her counsel other wayward ghosts, never revealing to her why he is still there. I love their playful banter and his loving attention to her, and she is snarky and hilarious! I won’t spoil the ending, but it’s definitely worth it!
“I’m just – Look,” I said, as he took a step toward me. “I’m just going to give Cee Cee a call and maybe we’ll go to the beach or something, because I really … I just need a day off.”Another step toward me. Now he was right in front of me. “Especially,” I said significantly, looking up at him, “from talking. That’s what I especially need a day off from. Talking.” “Fine,” he said. He reached up and cupped my face in both his hands. “We don’t have to talk.”And that’s when he kissed me. On the lips.”