I couldn't wait to see who her favourite couple was. Of course she picked a wonderful one and then explained, so perfectly, why they are wonderful!
Sooo - this is hard. I have so many literary crushes: characters I swoon over and others I wish were my best friends.
To make it easier - I narrowed the choice down to YA books I read this year...
Here are my strongest contenders from couples I met this year (sorry, I just can't help myself...):
Three Aussie books:
Carly and Ryan from Kirsty Eagar's Raw Blue
Chris and Amelia from Laura Buzo's Good Oil
Gemma and Ty from Lucy Christopher's Stolen
Three US Books:
Jenna and Cameron from Sara Zarr's Sweethearts
Dani and Greg from Elizabeth Scott's Stealing Heaven
Anna and Etienne from Stephanie Perkin's Anna and the French Kiss
I am particularly drawn to
characters who make me ache, relationships that are true, subtle and real development of relationships and, okay, guys who make me swoon. All six above are that. They also resonated with me long after the book - due to the richness of the characters and the powerful stories.
Of the above six - three don't have happy endings for the couples (!) - although they do offer some hope, they don't follow the happily ever after formula, which really provokes an emotional response from me.
My top pick is *drum roll* Anna and Etienne
Because, well, SWOON.
You want more substance than a beautiful beautiful boy?
Let me tell you about Etienne: He's beautiful and not at all perfect. Charming and sometimes elusive. He's funny and clever and stuffs things up. A lot. He's genuine and dynamic and lights up the pages of any scene he's in. He is a literary crush that will knock all your other crushes off the top of your list. He's got a British accent.
And Anna: She's whimsical and slightly OCD. She's dynamic and confident but also unsure. She's fun to hang out with, brave yet scared. She sometimes makes a mess of things despite her best intentions. I ADORED her from the first chapter.
As a couple: Well, you'll have to read the book. Etienne has a long-term girlfriend, Anna has an almost boyfriend back at home. They're not really a couple in that hand-holding, going out sense. but they have the perfect dynamic together and things are messy and complicated and as I read it I hoped and hoped things would somehow work out for them...
Mostly, I ADORE them both and could so easily slip between the pages and hang out with them. Good times.
And thanks so much to the beautiful Alexa for hosting my rave on - I so can't wait for the rest of your count down! I can never have too many literary crushes :)