Since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, I decided to base this week’s discussion post on love interests in YA. Sometimes you fall in love with them too and sometimes there’s nothing that annoys you more, but either way, these characters stay on your mind. I’ll be listing the types that stick out most for me (only trying to focus on the good, I may post about my pet peeves in a later post) as well as naming a few of my favorite guys in YA.
The Protective Guys. Everywhere you look, they’re there. While I like a heroine who can take care of herself, I also can’t help but fall for the guy who proves that he’ll be there for her whenever he’s needed. These characters only work in certain stories for me, but one of my favorite protective guys is Noah Shaw from the Mara Dyer series.
The Bad Boy with the Big Heart. It's a very familiar title for love interests in general, but that’s completely fine with me, I never seem to get tired of this type. Of course, not every bad boy will make your heart pound. Some act like complete asshats, but more than half the time, they can make just about anyone swoon. In fact, two of my favorite male characters would fall into this category--Alex Fuentes from Perfect Chemistry and Kaidan Rowe from Sweet Evil.
The Boy Next Door. He’s sweet and considerate, ultimately the boy that you want to take home to your parents. He may not always be your neighbor, but he's the one that's always been around, whether you realize it or not. The first boys that pop into my head for this category are Cricket Bell from Lola and the Boy Next Door and Jase Garrett from My Life Next Door.
Finally, The Best Friend whose feelings are unclear to the narrator but painfully obvious to the reader. I mean come on, how many times have you read this? I know that I have dozens of times, but even so, I still tend to enjoy it if it’s done well.
I'm a sucker for romance, and although I've never met any boys similar to the ones described in most books, I can't complain because it's surely nice to fantasize. Anyways, who would want to read story after story with male characters who actually act like teenage boys? No thank you, I had enough of that in high school.
Who is your favorite swoony boy/type of romance in YA?