In honor of Valentine's Day, I present to you a list of my favorite young adult fictional couples from the last 12 months. Some of these couples repeat from last year. You can review last year's list here.
Couples must be in a book that was published since February 14, 2013 which means that some of our favorite couples from previous years are not on the list. Also, these are romantic pairings from books that I read, so if your favorite couple did not make the list, it probably means I have not read their book. Couples are listed in alphabetical order by the girl's first name unless there are more than one couple by an author.
The post contains slight spoilers so read at your own risk.
Ariane and Zane from Rules
Ariane escaped from a genetics lab, and Zane is one of the most popular boys in school. Their pretend romance to get back at a classmate turns to something real.
Blue and Gansey from The Dream Thieves
They are not truly a couple at this point. A prophecy states that if Blue kisses her true love he will die. Gansey just might be her true love. They tension between the characters especially during a certain scene has more romance than some kissing scenes in other books.
Cather and Levi from Fangirl
After starting college, Cather just wants to hide out in her dorm room and write fan fiction for her favorite fantasy series. Her roommate's friend Levi hangs out in their room, and Cather believes that the two are dating. A few misunderstandings occur, but you have to enjoy a love story that started with Starbucks coffee and a read-aloud of The Outsiders.
Eleanor and Park from Eleanor and Park
Rainbow Rowell's other young adult couple makes this list. In the 1980s, outcast Eleanor and Park slowly form a friendship while sharing comic books on the bus ride to school. Outside factors affect their relationship, and the book depicts a wonderful yet ultimately heartbreaking look at first love.
Cress and Captain Thorne from Cress
Cress spent the last seven years as a captive on a satellite orbittng Earth. One day she finally makes contact with Cinder and her crew of rebels including Captain Thorne. When a rescue mission goes awry, Cress and Thorne crash into the Sahara. Based on stories she read about him, Cress believes she is in love with him. The reality is quite different. They are not together at the end of the book, but I hope for more in Winter, the final book in the Lunar Chronicles.
Ellie and Graham from This is What Happy Looks Like
An email about a piglet sent to the wrong address sparks a correspondence between Ellie and Graham. She does not know that he is a famous actor, and he plots to bring his next movie to her home town. When the truth comes out, Ellie has to figure out if Graham is worth the unwanted attention from the press.
Hayley and Finn from The Impossible Knife of Memory
Finn recruits Hayley to help him run the school newspaper. She is reluctant to form any new attachments as she is dealing with her father's PTSD. Finn sometimes acts more like a typical guy than a romantic hero, and Hayley has a hard time opening up about her problems. Despite these issues, they grow to truly care about each other.
Judith and Lucas from All the Truth That's in Me
Judith has loved Lucas from afar, and thoughts of him aided her during a time when she was absent from the village. She comes back damaged from her experience, and Lucas gets engaged to another. They both have to learn more about themselves and grow before they can be together.
Kyra and Fred from Poison
While on the run after attempting to kill the princess who also happens to be her best friend, Kyra teams up with Fred. They both have secrets, but by the end of the book, the characters trust each other.
Lilac and Tarver from These Broken Stars
Lilac and Tarver come from two different societal groups. She is one of the elite, and he is a military hero. They are not even supposed to really interact, but when their ship crashes on an unknown planet, they must rely on each other. Although they seemed to be attracted to each other before the crash, it takes working together for them to appreciate each other.
Sybella and the Beast of Waroch from Dark Triumph
Sybella, an assassin serving the god of Death, struggles in a horrific assignment. Her superior tasks her with rescuing the Beast. Secrets from Sybella's past threaten the tentative relationship between the two, but eventually, they realize that they are more powerful together.
Sydney and Adrian from The Fiery Heart
Sydney and Adrian (or Sydrian to fans) finally got together at the end of The Indigo Spell. They are still dealing with outside issues because he is a vampire and she was raised to consider vampires unnatural. Dire consequences await Sydney if anyone finds out about their romance. Yet, they still manage to find time for cupcakes, kisses and more. They know each other better than anyone else, and through their friendship then love, they make each other stronger.
I try to only pick couples from books or ebooks that you can get from our library, but I had to add this couple.
Zuzana and Mik from Night of Cake and Puppets
We read about Zuzana and her crush on Mik in Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. In this novella, Zuzana decides to make a move and determine once and for all if Mik likes her. She creates a magical scavenger hunt through Prague with the end prize being herself. A great romantic adventure featuring chocolate cake, enchanted puppets, Mozart and snow.
Currently the book is only available by purchasing it through ebook retailers.