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!