Waiting On Wednesday: P.S. I Like You

September 23, 2015 Features 0

Waiting On Wednesday: P.S. I Like YouP.S. I Like You by Kasie West
Published by Point on July 26th 2016
Pages: 304
Also by this author: The Distance Between Us, The Fill-In Boyfriend, P.S. I Like You, By Your Side
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What if the person you were falling for was a total mystery?
While Lily is spacing out in Chemistry one day, she picks up her pencil and scribbles a line from one of her favorite songs on the desk. The next day, someone else has written back to her on the desk! Soon enough Lily and the mystery student are exchanging notes, and lyrics, and even sharing secrets. When Lily finds out that her anonymous pen pal is a guy, she's flustered -- and kind of feels like she's falling for him. She and her best friend set out to unravel the identity of the letter writer -- but when the truth is revealed, the guy is the LAST person Lily could have ever imagined it to be. Now that Lily knows the truth, can she untangle her feelings and gather the courage to listen to her heart?
From beloved author Kasie West (The Distance Between Us) comes an utterly charming story about mixed messages, missed connections, and the magic of good old-fashioned secret admirer notes.

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking The Spine that highlights your most anticipated upcoming releases.
I’m looking forward to this one because I love Kasie West’s YA contemporary stuff. I have yet to read her other popular fantasy YA series Pivot Point, but anything that she writes seems to turn out amazing. This seems so far away, I’m ready for 2016 already since there are tons and tons of books that look so good coming out next summer! What do you guys think? Does this book look good? Do you guys like Kasie West too?
 

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Rule Review

September 23, 2015 Reviews 0 ★½

Rule ReviewRule (Marked Men, #1) by Jay Crownover
Published by William Morrow Paperbacks on October 22nd 2013
Pages: 387
Also by this author: Built (Saints of Denver, #1), Retreat (The Getaway Series Book 1)
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one-half-stars
Opposites in every way . . . except the one that matters
Shaw Landon loved Rule Archer from the moment she laid eyes on him. Rule is everything a straight-A pre-med student like Shaw shouldn’t want—and the only person she’s never tried to please. She isn’t afraid of his scary piercings and tattoos or his wild attitude. Though she knows that Rule is wrong for her, her heart just won’t listen.
To a rebel like Rule Archer, Shaw Landon is a stuck-up, perfect princess—and his dead twin brother’s girl. She lives by other people’s rules; he makes his own. He doesn’t have time for a good girl like Shaw—even if she’s the only one who can see the person he truly is.
But a short skirt, too many birthday cocktails, and spilled secrets lead to a night neither can forget. Now, Shaw and Rule have to figure out how a girl like her and a guy like him are supposed to be together without destroying their love . . . or each other.

I started out reading New Adult books because it’s become an extremely popular genre. I’m still very much behind on reading some of the more popular NA books to come out within the past three to five years or so. So now, I’ve been catching up on as many of these books as I can to see what I think about them. Some of the books I’ve read have been great reads that I was impressed by due to the uniqueness of it, while others were disappointing to say the least. This particular novel ends up in the latter category for me personally. I wasn’t a fan of this book because it had so many elements that made me nervous about reading these books in the first place. I tried really hard to see why this book is so popular, but I just can’t wrap my mind around it.

Neither of these characters were people that I’d want to be around. The reason why I liked Boomerang was because I could see myself being friends with the main characters. People like Rule and Shaw are people that I’d definitely avoid in real life. Rule is completely unapologetic about being a manwhore. Shaw isn’t much better considering the fact that she bashes the girls that he sleeps with but views unprotected sex with him as not being the worst thing in the world? Say what? One of my other pet peeves is when the main female character is viewed as the pure and perfect virgin who is surrounded by a bunch of girls who do nothing but put out. As a woman, this is completely awful to read and I can’t stand slut shaming in any form, and that is exactly what Shaw does over and over again in the book.

I’m not going to ramble on and on about this book since I think I’ve already made my point quite clear to say the least. In case you’re not sure, my point is that this book is one that you should skip. Maybe you can overlook these things I had such huge issues with, but it wasn’t something I could do. I probably could have overlooked (probably not) some of these issues if the characters were more charming, Rule specifically. He treats all girls in such a degrading manner, he even treats our pure MC pretty terribly at times. However, he never degrades her by calling her a slut or treating her the way he treats the other girls he sleeps with. Let’s be honest, there’s really not THAT much of a difference between Shaw and any other female character in this book. She still has plenty of flaws, and it irritates me when authors make the characters flawless through the eyes of the other characters. I’m sure you’ve already formed your own opinion about this book, but I thought it was time to share my own.

one-half-stars

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books On My Fall TBR List

September 22, 2015 Features 9

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books On My Fall TBR List
You know the drill by now. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The theme this week is top books on your TBR list for this fall.
Release date: October 6th
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I haven’t read Cammie McGovern’s debut novel “Say What You Will,” but I’m looking forward to reading this one! Side note: I also really love this cover.
Release date: October 6th
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I’m looking forward to this one because it has a lot of positive things to say about body image. That is a tremendously important topic, so I automatically want to read it!
Release date: October 6th
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There’s a lot of hype following this book because it’s a retelling of 1,001 Nights and so was The Wrath and The Dawn, a popular book published earlier this year. Regardless, I’m looking forward to reading this one because I think it has quite a bit of potential.
Release date: December 29th
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This one sort of reminds me of Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen, but it still sounds like an incredibly emotional and beautiful book. I’m looking forward to it!
Release date: October 20th
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I’m typically not so big on historical fiction books. However, this one looks like something I might really enjoy. It has a total BA main character and a teen spy doesn’t sound like the most boring plot I’ve ever heard. I feel like this is going to be a great read!
Release date: October 6th
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Okay, I’m not going to lie, I totally requested this one on Netgalley because I thought the cover was cute, (I obviously didn’t read the writing on the cover) but it still looks like a good book. Despite the fact that I’m not huge on suspense YA books, I have high hopes for this one!
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Release date: November 3rd
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The plot alone is equally terrifying and fascinating. I truthfully have never really read a YA horror book, so I’m looking forward to this one because it just seems so scary since it’s something that I could see happening!
Release date: September 28th
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I’ve been reading a lot of New Adult books here recently. I’m excited to read this one because it looks like a fun and romantic read!
Release date: October 1st
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Pretty much any book that has anything related to music on the cover is something I’m bound to pick up.
Released date: November 17th
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I’m looking forward to this one because it seems to have a lovely focus on female friendship. I enjoy YA books that have a decent portrayal of this. Can it be November already?
Okay, I know that I’m cutting it close with the whole fall thing with some of these! However, I was really dying to include some of those that are published later in November and December. So forgive me with the cheating that I did here. What about you guys? Are you guys looking forward to any of these?

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Boomerang Review

September 22, 2015 Reviews 1 ★★★½

Boomerang ReviewSource: Purchased
three-half-stars

As I’m sure you’ve already heard, Noelle August is a pen name for Veronica Rossi and Lorin Oberweger. Rossi has received lots of attention for her popular Under The Never Sky trilogy. I’ve read two of those books so far and really enjoyed them, so I was curious to read this one. Honestly, this one was nothing like her YA series so it’s pretty pointless to even try to put the two up against each other. It’s not a bad thing at all, she is able to find her own voice here with a New Adult romance book. This is a light and heartwarming read that I truly enjoyed.

Both Ethan and Mia were two of my favorite NA characters to date. I was such a fan of these two specifically because I felt like they were extremely easy to understand. Most of all, they felt real. Both of them reminded me of several of my own friends, and that makes me like them even more. I loved the distinctive, sarcastic, and witty narrative that both of them had. They had their own respective quirks that became more obvious as the chapters go back and forth between them both, and it was so obvious that they complemented each other well. The supporting characters were nice as well. I was a little disappointed since this is a series where there the supporting guys are going to get their own story in the following books, and I wasn’t all that invested in Adam. Knowing that his is the next story told makes me not all that excited to read it. Maybe it’ll be different seeing things from his point of view, but I wasn’t all that connected to him in this one.
I hated it when Ethan and Mia were on dates (spoiler alert) with anyone else. Basically, they are forced to go dates with other people since they work for a dating website and are required to try it out for themselves. Anyway, the pair is also trying to fight the feelings that they have for each other while this goes on. Obviously, it all backfires in the end. Even though I had a pretty sure feeling that everything would work out in the end for the couple, I still felt the need to skip through it because I just wanted them to actually be together already. All in all, this was a relationship that I really and truly believed from the beginning to the end of the story.
Boomerang is different from a lot of the New Adult books that I’ve read (only Flat-Out Love was more creative and also had better supporting characters, in my opinion) here recently. It didn’t have heavy subject matter or tons and tons of drama, but that’s what made it special for me. It was light, fun, and mostly happy. Did it have drama? Well of course it did, but not overwhelmingly so. I still really enjoyed reading Mia and Ethan’s story and would read it again in a heartbeat.
three-half-stars

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ARC Review: Very in Pieces

September 20, 2015 Reviews, Young Adult 1 ★★½

ARC Review: Very in PiecesSource: Edelweiss
two-half-stars

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book felt like it was missing something. I don’t think it was bad or anything, but I felt like it needed more growth from the characters. I wanted to know more about Very’s sister, and it seemed to not be explored in great depth. This was still an entertaining YA read that I did like, just not love. The plot wasn’t anything overly unique, but it still had a few creative characters. It just needed MORE for it to be an amazing and memorable book.

Very was a character who I didn’t connect with in the way that I have with other YA main female characters lately. I’m not sure what it was exactly, I found her to be a little on the boring side. It did bother me how she automatically did what was expected of her, but I still understand why, and I liked that she gradually came out of her shell.

Ramona is Very’s little sister who I didn’t really get. I felt like the author didn’t resolve this character the way that she should have. The supporting characters also lacked character development, which I felt like was desperately needed. However, I did enjoy Very’s Grandma, specifically, I enjoyed the relationship that her Grandma had with Very. I felt like it was a the perfect combination of both sad and sweet. All of Very’s friends were forgettable and her boyfriend at the beginning of the book was so boring. I got that she was with him because he was a safety net for her, but come on! Even her parents (and especially her grandmother) could see that he wasn’t the right guy for her. I didn’t exactly get why he was included at all, but he did help Very to grow and see that a guy like Dominic is more of what she needs.

I’d like to forget completely about the relationship between Very and Christian since it was so dull and predictable. Which means I’m going to focus more on what happened between Dominic and Very. Dominic has a reputation at her high school for being a rebel and also a drug dealer. Regardless of what he is, Very is automatically drawn to him, and he starts appearing everywhere once she starts her senior year. I liked the romance between them because it built in a slow and real way. Yes, parts of it still moved kind of fast, but it still felt realistic to me. One thing I did dislike was how the relationship wasn’t really resolved. Very was still hesitant to be with Dominic which rubbed me the wrong way. I felt like she cared too much about what other people thought, and that bothered me.
I liked the family dynamics in Very in Pieces. Some of the book wasn’t so great for me, but it still was a fast paced read. I was just waiting for more of my questions to be answered, and it was disappointing for me when they weren’t. Anyway, I think some YA fans will enjoy this one. It has it’s positive and negative moments, but it is still an okay read.
two-half-stars

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What We Saw Review

September 19, 2015 Reviews, Young Adult 4 ★★★★★

What We Saw ReviewWhat We Saw by Aaron Hartzler
Published by HarperTeen on September 22nd 2015
Pages: 336
Source: Edelweiss
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five-stars
The party last Saturday night is a bit of a blur.
Kate Weston can piece together most of the bash at John Doone’s house: shots with Stacey Stallard, Ben Cody taking her keys and getting her home early—the feeling that maybe he’s becoming more than just the guy she’s known since they were kids.
But when a picture of Stacey passed out over Deacon Mills’s shoulder appears online the next morning, Kate suspects she doesn’t have all the details, and begins to ask questions.
What really happened at the party after she left?
Who was still there?
What did they see?
When Stacey levels charges against four of Kate’s classmates, the whole town erupts into controversy. Facts that can’t be ignored begin to surface, and every answer Kate finds leads back to the same question:
Where was Ben when a terrible crime was committed?
This story—inspired by real events—from debut novelist Aaron Hartzler takes an unflinching look at silence as a form of complicity. It’s a book about the high stakes of speaking up, and the razor thin line between guilt and innocence that so often gets blurred, one hundred and forty characters at a time.

“Nothing is exactly as it appears. The closer you look, the more you see.”

The Steubenville rape case hit home for me. My grandma lives just across the bridge from the town. I remember when the case happened, all I could feel was sadness for the girl involved because her life had to be changed forever from this. It also felt personal to me because this is something that could easily happen at my own high school. It made me ask myself if I would be one of the few who spoke up on behalf of the victim.

Kate was at the star basketball players party the night that something happened to Stacey. Kate knows that she drank more than she probably should have that night, but she was lucky enough to have gotten home safely while Stacey wasn’t so lucky. The school is flipped upside down when Stacey presses charges against four of the basketball players and suddenly the whole school automatically jumps to blame her. The events that happened that night can all be seen on social media sites. Kate is one of the only people who sees things from Stacey’s point of view. What if she really is telling the truth and everyone is choosing not to believe her?

Kate was an extremely strong character and I adored her. I loved that she didn’t back down from figuring out the truth about what happened that night. She could have taken the easy way out like Ben and all her friends by just letting the situation go, but she looked at from a different angle. She knew that she easily could have been in the same position as Stacey because Kate was drinking too. [ Yes, she was a little bit blinded by Ben at times but she also had no problem distinguishing between what was wrong and what was right. (hide spoiler)] Kate’s friends were absolutely unbelievable. I hated that they instantly took the star basketball players side and rushed to judge Stacey because basically, “she asked for it.” However, that way of thinking is very similar to how the Steubenville students (and any others when these types of cases happen) responded. I remember how angry I was when the verdict for Steubenville was reached and CNN had a whole story dedicated to how tragic it was that these boys with such a bright future were going to have their lives forever changed. All I could think of was what about the victim? The boys being put away for a couple of years and maybe registering as sex offenders doesn’t make up for all the horrible things that she had to hear.

The book has such beautiful writing that unapologetically hits you right in the gut. It flowed in such a poetic way and I felt like the voice of Kate couldn’t have been better. I’m beyond glad that I read this one and recommend it for absolutely everyone. It’s about a topic that needs to be talked about and this was handled in such a sensitive way. It’s an important read for high schoolers, parents, and everyone in between. While I know that different books appeal to different people for whatever reason, but I feel like this one is a book that anyone of any age should read. It’s one that I won’t be forgetting for a long time.

five-stars

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Feature and Follow Friday: 9/18/15

September 18, 2015 Features 3

Feature and Follow Friday: 9/18/15
This is a weekly feature hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee. Each of the hosts also have a featured blog each week. The featured blog this week is I Heart Reading.
The question this week is: Help us give our Feature Interview Questions a fresh look! What questions do you think we should ask our weekly features?

 

Here are some questions that I suggest for the hosts to use:

1. If you could choose one book to recommend to the readers, which would it be and why?

2. Top five favorite authors?

3. Who are some book bloggers that inspire you?

4. What literature tropes do you dislike and why? You can make it genre specific if you want or you can just do it in general.

5. What other topics would you blog about if you no longer wanted to blog about books?

Thanks for reading! You can follow me on Bloglovin.

 

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Finding Perfect Review

September 17, 2015 Reviews, Young Adult 0 ★★★★½

Finding Perfect ReviewFinding Perfect by Kendra C. Highley
Published by Entangled Crush on September 14th 2015
Source: Netgalley
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four-half-stars

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

How far will you go for perfection?
For “Perfect Paige” Westfield, today is “D” Day. As in, she just got one on her calculus test. With her dreams of Stanford, her reputation, and her parents’ expectations at stake, Paige needs to find a way to save face before everything she’s worked for goes up in flames.
Ben Franklin (yes, he’s related) is from the wrong side of town, with the wrong clothes and the wrong kind of life. He also knows an opportunity when he sees one, and he’ll be happy to tutor Paige—if she makes him into the kind of guy her best friend, the hottest girl in school, will date.
It’s the perfect arrangement. And Paige is determined not even the inconvenient—and utterly imperfect—attraction simmering between her and Ben will ruin it…

I wasn’t sure how the author was going to pull off a story about a boy agreeing to tutor a girl in order to get a date with her best friend. Somehow, it truly did work in a surprising way. I loved the characters and felt like each one, even the supporting characters, developed throughout the book. This is one that I recommend for people who love YA romance and are looking for a story that is just a little bit different from the others.

Paige was a very realistic high schooler who also happened to be a serious overachiever. She wants to please her parents and follow in her fathers footsteps to become a doctor. She’s extremely stressed due to her calculus class and knows that if she fails it, it’ll ruin everything for her. I liked Paige because she was a relatable character and sometimes I can’t always relate with main characters in YA books. I’ve read a lot of books recently that are similar in the respect that the girl seems uptight and perfect, but Paige was more than what appeared on the surface. Ben was also a lot different than what he seemed to be. He was also serious about grades but for reasons both similar and different from Paige’s. The similarity being that they both want to please their parents and get into school, different because Ben feels the pressure of providing for his mom and taking care of her. I liked how the book explored social class, it never seemed out of place or unrealistic, it was fitting in the story. Even the adults in the story were well developed and seemed to grow along with the main characters. I loved Ben’s mom and felt like she was a sweet and supportive adult character. In contrast, Paige’s parents weren’t as warm and fuzzy in the beginning. However, I did like how the book wrapped things up involving their relationship.

The chemistry between Paige and Ben becomes obvious early on in the book. During only like the second time they hangout, they get pretty close to kissing. My point is, I like that the adult has them build up from just helping one another out, to becoming aware of their attractions and not knowing what to do with it. It drove me a little crazy how they both seemed to beat around the bush and focus on him getting a date with Zoey, even though it was obvious that he would be a better match for Paige. Zoey’s role in getting the pair together was one of my favorite parts. It just wasn’t what I was expecting to happen in the best way. Paige and Ben make a fabulous pair that never was boring to read about and I really loved the unique element to the love story.

I’m beyond glad that I read this book. It exceeded all of my prior expectations of it. This was a book that I believed, and I was invested in each and everyone of the characters. I was even wanting to know more about Zoey and wanted her to find her own love story. The ending made me hopeful that maybe we’ll get to see a book with Zoey as our main character that follows her college years, but who knows! Regardless of whether or not this is the last we’ll see of Ben and Paige, this was a book that was a quick read and one that made me really happy.

four-half-stars

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Tonight the Streets Are Ours Review

September 16, 2015 Reviews, Young Adult 2

Tonight the Streets Are Ours ReviewTonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales
on September 15th 2015
Pages: 342
Source: Netgalley
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Recklessly loyal.
That’s how seventeen-year-old Arden Huntley has always thought of herself. Caring for her loved ones is what gives Arden purpose in her life and makes her feel like she matters. But lately she’s grown resentful of everyone—including her needy best friend and her absent mom—taking her loyalty for granted.
Then Arden stumbles upon a website called Tonight the Streets Are Ours, the musings of a young New York City writer named Peter, who gives voice to feelings that Arden has never known how to express. He seems to get her in a way that no one else does, and he hasn’t even met her.
Until Arden sets out on a road trip to find him.
During one crazy night out in New York City filled with parties, dancing, and music—the type of night when anything can happen, and nearly everything does—Arden discovers that Peter isn’t exactly who she thought he was. And maybe she isn’t exactly who she thought she was, either.

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book was hard for me to get through. I don’t know what it is honestly, Leila Sales is a really great writer so it’s obviously not that. I just had a hard time getting into the story in the beginning. It started out extremely slow to me. While it did gradually improve, it was too late for me to get all that wrapped up in the story and the characters. It was just an okay read that I did enjoy, but didn’t really love. The ending was incredibly fast paced, I wish the whole novel was like that.

Arden was a character that I completely related to. I understand the feeling of being relentless loyal to people who don’t seem to return the favor. I also related to the fact that she became a huge fan of a boy named Peter who she’d never even met, but she was drawn to his writing. Sometimes I don’t have a problem with third person narration, but I would have been even more connected to Arden if I saw things from her first person perspective. I enjoyed her best friend Lindsay, she was a fun secondary character. Sure, she had her moments where Arden felt like she was the only person in the friendship who cared at all. But Lindsay always ended up proving herself and that she appreciated Arden. I love the great female friendship that happens in this novel! It did make me more interested in the book, I definitely would have stopped if the friendship was overly dramatic or something, but this was something that totally worked with the plot. I liked how complex Sales made the character of Peter. I can’t say much or otherwise it will ruin the story, but let’s just say that it was something about his character that I didn’t see coming. It’s not anything too dramatic, but it’s still surprising and it was one of my favorite things about the book.

Romance isn’t a huge part of this book at all. I don’t think that telling you this really spoils anything, it’s just a book that has a lot going on so romance is just kind of in the background. I’ve read so many books recently where romance was a huge part of the plot so this was different for me. However, I did find it refreshing, it’s definitely one of the more daring and unique YA books that I’ve read this year.As I already said, Arden and I have so much in common so she was a large part why I continued reading the book. I like books with strong female friendships and this one had it. My huge drawback is that this simply isn’t the type of book that I normally go for. It actually does have several elements that I do enjoy, but this was a book that didn’t click for me right away. I picked it up months ago and only made it about 20% through before I got bored and moved on to reading something else. I returned to it because I knew it was being released soon and I wanted to give it another shot. I’m glad that I did pick it up once more because the story really does get better and more interesting as the pages go on. It’s not my favorite book, but it’s still one that people will enjoy.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Best YA Book Boyfriends

September 15, 2015 Features 10

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Best YA Book Boyfriends
You know the drill, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week is a freebie topic, so naturally, I chose to talk about my ten favorite YA book boyfriends. I’m definitely going to be leaving out many, these are just some that I thought of off the top of my head.

1. Adam Wilde from If I Stay
Isn’t the kid who played Adam in the movie just gorgeous?! Obviously, he isn’t as great as Adam from the book though. Adam is just one of those characters that immediately became one of my favorites. He’s such a passionate and genuine guy, plus he’s a musician. That’s the whole package deal right there.

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Regardless of my feelings towards Lola, it’s impossible not to love Cricket. He’s loved Lola for forever and I love the fact that there’s no other girl that he’s secretly involved with. He’s clear with his feelings for Lola from the beginning and he continually proves them as well.

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If you haven’t read this book yet, pick it up immediately. It’s just such a touching read. Olly is such a hilarious and witty love interest that you can’t help but swoon over.
4. Jonah Griggs from On the Jellicoe Road
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I’m not going to say anything else for fear of going into over fangirl mode.

5. Perry from Under The Never Sky
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He’s such a selfless character and his love for Aria is so touching and heartbreaking. I just love him so much, even when he’s doing pretty terrible things.

6. Jase Garrett from My Life Next Door
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Jase is such a breath of fresh air from all the bad boy love interests in YA. He’s a complete and total good boy. He does everything for his family, and he loves Sam with all his heart. What more could you want in a love interest?

7. Levi from Fangirl
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I wasn’t sure how I felt about Levi at first, but wow he definitely grew on me. He completely gets Cath out of her shell and sees her for who she really is. He’s totally swoonworthy to say the least.

8. Four from Divergent
Tobias/Four is very very attractive. Not to mention how incredible and loving he was in the books.

9. Augustus Waters from The Fault in Our Stars
I felt like this couldn’t be left off of here.

10. Dexter from This Lullaby
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He’s yet another musician, but Dexter is just so quirky and has such a good heart. I love how awkward he is, even though you typically wouldn’t expect that from a lead singer of a band.

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