Leanna is here today talking about how relationships in YA do not have to be all about the love triangle and I could not agree more! She says everything I wanted to say about the subject, except better! To find out more about Leanna and Daisy Chain Books, please do visit the following websites:
YA Romance: I love it. I can't get enough of the intense relationships, the hot guys, the steamy kisses. On the flipside, nothing bugs me more than yet another YA book that follows that tried and tested 'Twilight'* formula, of Insta-Love and Love Triangles. Yawn!
Yes, I can fall for a good love triangle done well (Vampire Academy, Unearthly) and I can buy into Insta-Love to a certain degree. Personally I think Insta-Lust is more appropriate. I'm not really into the 'I can't live another day without you/ I'm seventeen but I want to get married and have your babies/I know I only met you a week ago, but I would totally die for you' Insta-Love side of things.
So, if you're here today because you're finding Love Triangles and Insta-Lust all a little blah, read on for some recommendations on books that break the YA relationship mold.
You're my Best Friend.
He's the guy your mom thinks you'll marry, but you roll your eyes and tell her that you guys are just friends. Ugh! Sure, he's fun to hang out with and he's the guy who knows you best, flaws and all, but now it seems that everyone wants a piece of him. And now you're starting to notice him too. You're having all these strange feelings, maybe you're even dreaming about him. You think that maybe he's hot. In fact, there's no maybe about it. You want him. That girl who left her phone number in his locker - you want to tear her hair out!!
He used to be your best friend, but you want him to be your boyfriend.
The Body Finder & Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting
Girl, Missing by Sophie McKenzie.
This is my favourite type of YA relationship. I want more! If you have any further recommendations, I'd love to hear them!
I wish he was my Boyfriend
You've been crushing on him for a lifetime, but he doesn't even know you exist. Or rather he knows you exist, but he sees you as nothing more than his best friends little sister. That's right, you're crushing on your older brother's best friend, which means that your crush is an older guy, who dates confident and assured older women….he's never ever even going to look your way.
But, what if he did….
Here's a little bit I wrote on the romance in Hunting Lila.
“Alex is totally hot, caring and considerate, dreamy and delicious; I could go on…I promise you are all going to love the romance in this book. It's slow-burning, it's smouldering and downright as sexy as YA can possibly be. You will swoon, I guarantee.”
I Love to Hate You.
This is always fun!
So this guy may be hot, but boy does he know it and he's got the hot girlfriend to prove it. That doesn't mean he's not going to flirt with you too…Snark ensues.
Maybe he's out to kill you…you're his forbidden fruit…he finds you hard to resist, even though he's meant to hate you.
….or maybe you want to kill him. Maybe his mere presence makes you fly into a wild rage and attack him. Remember though, there's a fine line between love and hate.
Oh, the possibilities…
- For the record, I am a fan of the Twilight saga romance, but now that I've read so many YA books that follow that formula, I'm looking for something different. I had to let you know that I wasn't dissing on Edward here!
Disclaimer: In no way am I promising that love triangles don't feature in future books in any of the series I've mentioned. Had to get that in there! There may be smatterings of Insta-Love here and there too, but nobody is getting married and having half-vampire babies just yet!
Thanks so much to Clover for asking me to contribute a guest post for Love Month. It's been fun, and I hope you enjoy the post!
If you have any YA favourites that break the mold of Love Triangles and Insta-Love, I'd love to hear them!