Saturday, February 26, 2011

Let's Hear it for the Boys

Little me
For a Christmas present to our distant relatives one year, my parents made an audio recording of our family talking and singing carols. My siblings and I took turns answering questions about our interests and what we'd been up to lately. When it  was my turn, my parents asked me, "Katie, what would you like to say to everybody?" I replied in a mischievous voice, "I like boys." I was all of two years old. I have no memory of this, but the old cassette tape I still have is tangible proof.

In the sixth grade, I started writing in a journal and was an avid journal-writer by high school. What did 99% of my journal entries have in common? You guessed it. Boys.

Some things never change.

Now as a happily-married thirty-four-year old, I am still boy crazy, but the boys I am crushing on (besides my husband!) are the ones I find in well-written novels. And I should take a moment to broaden my definition here: it's the romance, really, that compels me in a book--whether the narrator be a boy or a girl. I rarely read a book without romance that captivates me. Does that make me shallow? I don't think so. I think wanting to love and be loved is a fundamental and universal desire--one I want to share in as I take a journey with a character in a novel.

My favorite book genre is YA. Why, you ask? Boys. Ha! Well, more or less anyway. YA books often deal with first love and first heartbreaks...and when I read them I find that little girl within me still obsessing over boys.

Here are some YA novels that contain my favorite romances:

  • Fire, by Kristin Cashore
  • The Dead, Tossed Waves, by Carrie Ryan
  • Matched, by Ally Condie
  • Poison Study, by Maria V. Snyder
  • Impossible, by Nancy Werlin
  • The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
  • City of Bones, by Cassandra Clare
  • Unearthly, by Cynthia Hand
  • Paranormalcy, by Kiersten White

You may have also noticed that these YA books are also fantastical in nature, but that is the subject of another blog entry!

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