Number Three: Amy and Poe from Diana Peterfreund's Secret Society Girl series.
Now you may be saying, hang on a minute what about the RULES? SSG aren't YA and you've already had Diana Peterfreund at number 6, with Astrid and Giovanni.
All I can say is, rules are made to be bent a little! I can't possibly have a favourite couples list and leave these two off. I LOVE them.
So why do I love Amy and Poe so much? I love their snarky exchanges in the beginning, when they can't stand each other. I love the gradual awakening of feelings, when they have to work together. I love, love, love when they actually start flirting with each other. Lifesavers! (for those who've read the books!). I love how they get to their first kiss. I love that we get to see them after the first kiss, struggling to make their relationship work. These two certainly don't descend into happily ever after coupledom. Most of all, though, I love that they both change. Not for the other, but because of the other. That's romantic.
Here's Amy and Poe in action, before any kissing.
He looked down at my hands, which were currently twisting the life out of his handkerchief. I didn't know anyone our age who used handkerchiefs. And, oddly enough, rather than seeming like another example of his weirdness, it suddenly felt to me like something grand, old-fashioned, a little refined. As that thought occurred to me. I stopped wringing it, lest it tear in my fists. I held it up.
"Uh, keep it," he said.
"That's nice of you," I said.
"Not really," he said. "It's covered in your snot."
Did I say refined? I meant rude. Rude.
Ah classic Amy and Poe, one step forward, ten steps back.
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