All YA Love: My Favourite YA Couples + a winner

Filed in All YA Love , The Winged Lover Posted on August 11, 2010 @ 11:00 am 8 comments
Before I talk about this weeks topic we have a winner to proclaim. The winner of Birthmarked  by Caragh M. O’Brian is….
Giada M
Congrats! We will email you know to get your shipping info!
When I think of my favourite couples in YA, it’s not because of their hotness, kick-ass status or sheer awesomeness. The perfect couple in YA is a mature one, and one that betters both parties. One sidedness in anything doesn’t work for me, and lack of growth or change doesn’t work either.
Which is why I have picked the following couples, they went in either broken or lost and came out whole with a partner that not only complimented them, but helped them to become a better person.

Alex and Brittany – Perfect Chemistry

A perfect example, and perfect starter. Alex was lost in an obvious way. He was in a gang didn’t do well at school and had resigned his life to raising his brothers properly and keeping his mum safe. Brittany however seemed to have it all, but was broken inside from her parents treatment of her sister and the drain of caring for someone as disabled as what her sister was.
The change in both parties was amazing. Alex left his gang at great risk to himself and went to college, something he had written off as an unfulfilable dream. Brittany also took charge of her own life after seeing the benefit of putting her sister into care. Opening up to Alex in a way she couldn’t even around her best friend. They found not oly love but friendship, companionship and trust.

Katsa and Po – Graceling

Katsa & Po definitely have that kickass factor, both being marvellous fighters and warriors for their kingdoms. We first met Katsa, more man than woman who deals death with almost every blow. Doesn’t want a man, children or power. Just freedom. Then we meet Po her male counterpart. He is calm to her fiesty. Yet he also wants peace.

Katsa’s transformation isn’t as obious as Po’s, but it does happen earlier. It starts with their friendship, not wanting to leave him behind, and turns into more of a needing to be near. It changes her from being hard and closed to opening up. Po’s transformation come much later though. He doesn’t want to drag Katsa down after he goes blind, but it’s because of her that he leanrs to reintegrate back into the world.

John and Meg – Going Too Far

By far one of the biggest and most emotional changes I have ever read.
John is stuck in his hometown after his brother died, refusing to leave the bridge that took his life unattended.
Meg is a recovering cancer patient, unwilling to try and just needing to escape. The threat of death in her eyes, constantly around the corner.
In the early days of her attraction to John she attempted to convince herself that she was developing Stockholm syndrome. Meg didn’t get close to anyone. She never even took her shoes off so that she could run at anytime.
John was uptight. Only 19 and already a police officer. He couldn’t see a future for himself other than his bridge.
Meg and John coming together, changing each other, repairing each other in the ways that they did was absolutely amazing. One went from untrusting and an aversion to plan so much as even the next day, to college, a relationship and a future. The other, no future at all, and a pain to powerful to let go to finding a release and in turn, freedom.
The way that these couple helped each other is what makes them so meaningful. It isn’t superficial, it isn’t teenage lust but it is lasting. It also isn’t unattainable, which makes it more real.

About Amanda

Amanda-Lee is a proudly addicted reader and writer from Sydney. She lives with her wonderful husband and their more like a baby than a kitten Hamish. Amanda-Lee has been blogging for 4 years now and is a lover of all genres, though she does have a tendancy to stray towards the weird and wonderful concotions in the paranormal and fantasy genres. In addition to being the Winged Lover on BLI she also runs the book blog StoryWings.

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  • Ekta August 11, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    I haven't read any of these books yet but I've been wanting to read Perfect Chemistry and Graceling for a LONG time. I'm a bit short on money at the moment so I'm going to have to put it off for a while 🙁 My favourite YA couple is probably Jace and Clary from The Mortal Instruments. Or maybe Katniss and Gale from The Hunger Games (even though they're not really together – one can hope!)

  • jeanette8042 August 11, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    I love your couple choices and I agree with you on John and Meg, their story was great to read!

  • Emily August 11, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Katsa and Po are one of my favorite YA couples as well!

  • Jenny N. August 11, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    The only one I've read is Perfect Chemistry and I do love Alex and Brittany. They are one of my fav couples.

  • August 12, 2010 at 4:08 am

    I read all those books and my favorite couple would be Katsa and Po (love them to bits), other favorite of mine: Jessica and Marcus (Jessica Darling series by Megan McCafferty), Amy and Poe (secret society girl by Diana Peterfreund), Dexter and Remy (This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen), Dylan and Edie (Diary of a crush by Sarra Manning)

  • Ina August 12, 2010 at 7:15 am

    I just read a negative review about Going Too Far, but I think I will check it out nevertheless…

    and congrats to Giada 🙂

  • Stephanie August 12, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    My favorite YA couples are Claire and Shane and Eve and Michael from the Morganville vampire series.

  • Wings August 13, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    @ekta: if i were to pick one I would pick Perfect Chemistry to read first. I love Clary and Jace too! I can't wait to see what happens with them in the next book!

    @jeanette: John and Meg would have to be my favourite out of all of them. that has been my favourite book of the year so far 😀

    @Emily: although i said i didn't choose my couples for their awesomeness, they are really really awesome!

    @Jenny: Alex and Brittany are soo gorgeous together! I loved their story so much…i cried.

    @emilyandherlittlepinknotes: I have heard great things about the Jessica Darling series, will definitely have to pick that up soon

    @Ina: wow a negative review? i haven't come across one of those for Going Too Far yet, they have all been glowing. I hope you enjoy it if you do end up getting it.

    @Stephanie: I have the first in that series sitting on my TBR I will have to move it up the pile 😀

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