The young adult genre is the perfect place to find adorable couples and their love stories. There is no shortage of great couples, but here are three of the best from YA books.
Love stories have always captivated readers. There are many different ways love stories and couples play into popular culture, and books are one of the most common. From all the genres, young adult is the most likely place you’ll find great love stories.
Young adult books have fresh plots and share stories that can happen in real-life, dealing with relevant issues and topics. These real-life issues combined with fiction elements are the reason many young adult books share such great love stories.
Young adult books are also one of the most commercialized genres today. These books not only entertain readers, but also allow for the development of higher cognitive skills. For example, these books allow readers to develop critical and abstract thinking and also foster social skills like empathy and mutual understanding.
For all these reasons, we are going to look at three couples from YA books on this week’s Couples from Books series. Most of these couples’ love story takes place over the course of the whole book, with many of these stories being realistic enough to take place in the real world.
1. Madeline and Olly from Everything, Everything
This couple is the perfect example of a modern love story. Madeline and Olly are the main characters of the 2015 young adult book Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. Their relationship started through social media as many young adult couples do nowadays. Both Madeline and Olly struggle with real-life issues such as sickness, domestic violence, and overprotection.
One of the best things about Madeline and Olly’s love story is that they are always showing their true selves. The couple falls in love with each other, having a realistic and honest understanding of the other. They are not viewed through rose-tinted glasses but instead are presented as themselves, flaws and all.
In the book, Madeline is not portrayed as a weak damsel in distress, even though she is ill. Instead, she is her own savior, with Olly alongside her as a partner rather than a rescuer.
2. Liam and Amber from The Boy Who Sneaks in My Bedroom Window
Amber and Liam are the main characters from the 2012 young adult book, The Boy Who Sneaks in My Bedroom Window by Kirsty Moseley. Their love story is very romantic, with the entire plot focused on their relationship from childhood on.
This is also a modern love story that many can relate to as they are neighbors. Amber is the younger sister of Liam’s best friend, and Liam has been in love with Amber since they were little, always trying to protect her. In the book, the couple faces real-life issues and are shown as humans who make mistakes and experience hardship.
Amber has an abusive father, something that has affected how she relates to others in her life, while Liam hides behind the facade of a playboy in order to keep his best friend and not reveal his love for Amber. But in secret, Liam comes over to Amber’s room every night after one instance when they were young where she was in a panic from her father’s abuse. This book shares a unique but powerful love story.
3. Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky from To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky from the 2014 young adult book To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before are one of the most popular couples in pop culture right now thanks to the popular Netflix movie series based on the books by Jenny Han. One of the best parts about their story is that they live real-life issues, not just dramatic situations.
Even though their love story began in what is a seemingly fictional and unrealistic way, their relationship has a lot of real-life elements. Lara Jean and Peter start a fake relationship so he can make his ex-girlfriend jealous enough to take him back. But their fake relationship turns real as they fall in love with each other after spending time together. In the books, Lara Jean and Peter grow together, not only as a couple but as young adults too.
One of the best things about their relationship is Peter’s encouragement of Lara Jean, where he shows her real love and helps her to follow her heart. Thanks to each other, Lara Jean becomes more sure of herself, and Peter becomes a better person. This young adult book is a fantastic love story that shows not all couples have to go through melodramatic events in young adult books.
So there you have it! Three couples from young adult books with amazing and realistic stories. If you like the YA genre, these three books are the perfect read. And if you want to read more, stay tuned for our next Couples from Books series next week!