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February 10, 2016

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To celebrate Valentine's Day, some of our Teen Board members wrote blog posts to celebrate all things book crushes, romance novels and awesome fictional dates. Below, Linnea P. shares the top 5 dates in YA literature...does your favorite make her list?


I think everyone can admit that there have been a few scenes in young adult novels that simply make us swoon, blush and wish we are the girl in that sparkling vampire's arms. With Valentine's Day coming up, this is the perfect time to recapture those adorable and captivating moments. In this list we will countdown the "Top 5 Dates in YA Literature." 

5.) THE SELECTION by Kiera Cass: The first date we ever saw between Prince Maxon and America captured all of our hearts. The date starts when America loses a bet and has to visit the garden privately with Prince Maxon. Together they venture outside the palace without cameras. Things get just a little out of hand when Maxon gets a little too close to America and she knees him in the groin. Although the scene was awkward, it was also adorable and gave you a feel for both of the characters' personalities. 

4.) A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES by Sarah J. Maas: Throughout the novel, you see Tamlin and Feyre's love for each other grow. One of the times their adoration for each other is extremely clear is when Tamlin takes Feyre to the grassy glen in the spring court. Here, he gives her the ability to hear the singing of the willows and birds and see everything in bright, rich, vivid color. This whole scene is extremely romantic, peaceful and just gives you a strong sense of calm before the storm.

3.) THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green: After reading this novel, I believe everyone dreamed of taking a trip to Amsterdam with their significant other. The whole trip starts with Augustus using his only Make-A-Wish to let Hazel meet her favorite author in Amsterdam. Although it takes some trouble to get there, they finally make it and together, Hazel and Gus have the time of their lives. They go on gondola rides, eat at fancy restaurants, and although the author visit was a bust, they still make the best of the rest of theiri time. This whole trip was surely something girls and guys everywhere were fawning over.

2.)  IF I STAY by Gayle Foreman: IF I STAY is a novel of tough decisions concerning life and love. One of the memories that captures this difficult predicament is when Mia is reflecting on one of her first dates with Adam. Adam, in an effort to impress Mia, purchases tickets to her favorite cellist, Yo-Yo Ma. Together, they go to his concert and, although it's not the type of music Adam is typically into, you can tell he has an amazing time simply because he can see the pleasure in Mia's eyes and he gets to be with her. This date is one of my favorite because it really shows how it doesn't matter if you don't like something; sometimes the happiness of someone you love is enough. 

1.) ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell: In ELEANOR AND PARK, there really is never a "proper date", but I think their time together counts enough. In the novel, Park and Eleanor share comics and cassettes with each other on their bus ride to school and I think this is one of the sweetest dates imaginable. Times like these offer couples a chance to just bask in each other's company and really get to know a person. Therefore, while it's nothing extravagant, it's still one of the most pleasurable and pleasant dates two people can have with each other.