I read a ton of YA and I’m a sucker for romance, but there are so many great pairings to choose from these days! So I compiled a list of my favourite YA pairings for anyone who has a hankering for some good, romantic literature. Enjoy, and please share some of your favourite literary couples!
Jace and Clary – The Mortal Instruments
If you’re a crazy Cassie Clare fan (like me) you’ll know that she gives you countless couples to ship. There’s a lot of love for the various couples in The Infernal Devices trilogy, but I’m still a sucker for Jace and Clary. He’s arrogant, unstable, witty, self-destructive… Definitely a bit of a project. I do like how this relationship never goes the way you might expect and how Jace is constantly envious of nerdy best friend Simon, rather than the other way round. For her part, Clary tends to be the one doing the saving in this relationship, flipping all gender stereotypes. I spend every book praying that the two of them will live till the end!
“You want to go on a date?”
Caught off guard, she stammered. “A wh-what?”
“A date,” Jace repeated. “Often ‘a boring thing you have to memorize in history class,’ but in this case, ‘an offering of an evening of blisteringly white-hot romance with yours truly.”
“Really?” Clary was not sure what to make of this. “Blisteringly white-hot?”
“It’s me,” said Jace. “Watching me play Scrabble is enough to make most women swoon. Imagine if I actually put in some effort.”
Patch and Nora – Hush, Hush
In the aftermath of Twilight, a lot of brooding romances sprung up as if from nowhere. One of which was the Hush Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick. Fallen Angel stories aren’t exactly my bag and I’ve never read one that got it just right. But I do love the relationship between protagonist Nora and fallen angel Patch. How much more of a bad boy can you get than someone who was kicked out of heaven? Constantly surprising and always amusing (the quips fly like sparks between these two) with a heavy dash of sexual tension – my favourite combination.
“You possess other people’s…bodies.”
He accepted that statement with a nod.
“Do you want to possess my body?”
“I want to do a lot of things to your body, but that’s not one of them.”
Celaena and Chaol – Throne Of Glass
I’ve harped on about this series before, mainly because it is brimming with awesomeness. Celaena and Chaol are hardly a surprise couple (you can pretty much predict them from page 3 of Throne Of Glass) but the way their relationship develops over time is what makes them such a great couple. Starting out as enemies, they slowly gain a mutual respect and eventually something more than friendship. No insta-love here; this is the real deal.
“The rest of the world quieted into nothing. In that moment, after ten long years, Celaena looked at Chaol and realised she was home.”
Owen and Annabel – Just Listen
Sarah Dessen knows how to write boys that you just fall in love with. Owen Armstrong isn’t exactly the archetype ‘love interest’, but that’s partly what makes him so lovable; he reads like a real guy. Tall, angry and music obsessed, Owen has a heart of solid gold and perfectly compliments beautiful Annabel, who is notorious for shying away from confrontation. This book has some of the most authentic and yet incredibly romantic scenes. Not only did I love this pairing, but I fell hopelessly in love with this entire book. Prince Charming can come in all shapes and sizes, but my ideal Prince would look a lot like Owen Armstrong.
“Beauty and the Beast. The Odd Couple. Shrek and Fiona. I had to hand it to the rumour mill: Over the next couple of weeks, they came up with lots of names for me and Owen and whatever it was we were doing every day on the wall at lunch.”
Michael and Mia – Princess Diaries
Geek girls: say hello to my ultimate geeky pairing. She’s a vegetarian Princess of a small principality. He’s got a perfect GPA and enough brainpower to save the world one day (oh and he just happens to be her best friends‘ big brother). Okay, so this pairing is a little old school, but Princess Mia and Michael Moscovitz are the perfect nerdy couple. They taught me that true love didn’t have to mean “saving someone” and that romance could be expressed in a million different ways. I would tell all young girls to read these books because Michael and Mia gave me a realistic idea of what kind of boy I wanted to date one day. Ahem, a nerdy one, of course.
“It really is like Michael is Han Solo and I’m Princess Leia, because Michael is good at fixing stuff like hyper drives and, well, I’m a Princess and I’m very environmentally conscious like Leia, and everything. Plus Michael’s dog Pavlov kind of looks like Chewbacca, if Chewbacca were a sheltie.”