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Teen Board Question - February 2017, Part 1

Teen Board Monthly Question

Teen Board Question - February 2017, Part 1

Flowers, chocolates, romance novels --- February is in full swing and we’re in a lovey-dovey mood here at Teenreads. To get in the spirit of things, we asked our Teen Board members a few questions about book boyfriends, romance novels, and OTPs. First, we asked if they have a favorite book boyfriend or girlfriend --- AKA a character they would love to date, if only he or she was real?  We know not everyone is ready to bare their bookish crush to the world, so we also asked about a scene from a book that they feel would make the perfect dream date. Of course, for those members whom Cupid hasn’t quite struck yet this season, we asked them to tell us about their favorite romance novel and/or OTP -- One True Pairing --- and why it stands out.


My book boyfriend would have to be Augustus Waters. Despite the sadness of THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, Gus continuously proves that he is an incredible man and an incredible boyfriend. Not to mention, he is incredibly good looking. His nerdiness is adorable and the fact that he reads the book Hazel gives him is amazing. Gus is just very sweet and seems like a lot of fun to be around. Especially if we could go to Amsterdam. P.S. Don't tell my boyfriend.. --- Ashley D.

With every new romance novel that I read, I feel as though my list of perfect book boyfriends continues to grow; however, my current favorite book boyfriend is definitely Cian from THE BEAST IS AN ANIMAL by Peternelle van Arsdale. --- Alyssa L.
My favorite book boyfriend is Levi from FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell. His combination of humor and kindness is incredible. --- Aliza M.

My favorite book boyfriend is Levi from FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell. I don't think there was any contest for that one. My favorite fictional date is from FANGIRL also, when Levi brings Cath to the diner and they eat hash. I would love to date Levi and go on that date. --- Bryn D.

This wouldn't come as a shock to anyone who knows me well but if Ezra Mason from ILLUMINAE was real, I would try to date him in a heartbeat. I love how funny he is and the great back and forth he does with all the characters. Also he's really loyal and courageous which I admire. But at the same time, he's part of my favorite OTP with Kady Grant so on the off chance both of them become real, I wouldn't want to separate them. --- Brynn S.

I would definitely be willing to date Will Herondale from The Infernal Devices if he was real and not actually a Shadowhunter! Other than the fact that he's totally attractive, he loves to read and he has the best quotes. Even though I would love to take him for myself, I think that his relationship with Tessa is adorable and super sweet, making them one of my favorite OTPs. --- Breck G.

One of the first book series I absolutely fell in love with was THE RANGERS APPRENTICE by John Flanagan. Of course, at the time I read the books, I was around the same age as Will Treaty, the main character, and I had a massive crush on him. His curious mind and hilarious personality made him my dream guy, if only he was real. But there is one couple that has never been surpassed in all the books I read: Percy and Annabeth from the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan. They met when they were young and were best friends for the main course of the series, which really allowed their relationship to develop in a way that is uncommon in most other books. Their love grew even more in the sequel series, Heroes of Olympus, and is so unfailingly strong it's impossible not to adore! --- Caitlyn K.

I have a pretty long list of fictional boyfriends but I would have to say that Liam Stewart from THE DARKEST MINDS by Alexandra Bracken takes the top spot. He's adorable, super sweet and has an accent so there's a lot to love. I can't wait for the move adaptation of this book so I can get even more of Liam and a face to go along with his perfect personality. ---Danielle F.

One of my favorite book boyfriends has to be Kai from Wendy Higgins's Sweet Series. SWEET EVIL was one of the first books that I fell in love with as a reader, so it will always hold a special place in my heart. I have enjoyed every book that Wendy has written, but Kai will always be my favorite! --- Grace P.

I have always loved Jace Wayland as a character. He is sarcastic, clever, and skilled, but has genuine emotions and deep-rooted relationships with others that drive his story. To go with that, Jace and Clary are my favorite relationship - their chemistry has been apparent since day one, and the greenhouse scene from CITY OF BONES is my favorite scene of them together to date. The Mortal Instruments series contains cliches, including Jace and Clary's relationship, but none of them have felt like cliches --- they transcend those tropes into something greater and more intense than any other couple I have read about. Another relationship I love are June and Day from the Legend series - they are both sharp and intelligent fighters, great both together and apart. Give me an action-packed novel with a fierce main couple and entertaining banter, and I will be hooked. --- Hannah C.

My favorite book boyfriend would be have to be Simon Lewis from The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. He is not only hilarious, but he is loyal. Sure, he didn't really show it in the first couple of books, but I think everyone fell in love with Simon by the last few books. Although, I will have to say that Isabelle and Simon together is one of my favorite book relationships, definitely my favorite OTP of the series, so I would never want them to split up. --- Harleen K.

I have so many OTPs, it's becoming a bit of a problem. There's of course Jace and Clary (Clace) from The Mortal Instruments, Rose and Dimitri (Romitri) from Vampire Academy, Megan and Ash from The Iron Fey, Layla and Roth from WHITE HOT KISS, Aelin and Rowan from Throne of Glass, Feyre and Rhys from A COURT OF MIST AND FURY. You get the picture. It's impossible for me to pick a favorite. I love the quiet moments in books where the characters in love can relax, snuggle, maybe make out a bit. Or when the characters have been dueling (for some reason or another) and are all amped up and then stare into each other's eyes and BOOM! Romance is in the air. --- Isabel C.

No, I don't really have a favorite book boyfriend or girlfriend, but since I don't read a lot of romance, my favorite romance/action novel would be THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins. It stands out because it is also a very action-filled novel and it is one of my favorite books. --- Jeremy H.

My favorite book boyfriend is Peeta Mellark from THE HUNGER GAMES. He cares for Katniss, and even goes back into the games with her in the second book of the trilogy to save her life. He's her hero, and he does whatever it takes to save her life. He's hijacked, but falls back in love with her at the end of the series. He'd be the ultimate boyfriend because he's there for the ones he loves no matter what the situation is. --- Juliette G.

If Nanette O'Hare in Matthew Quick's novel EVERY EXQUISITE THING was real, I would most definitely want to date her (more accurately I would want to be best friends with her but for the sake of Valentine's Day...). The challenges and character growth Nanette experiences in this book are fascinating, and I feel that if I ever met her we would be able to talk hours on end. Unfortunately, both Nanette and I are heterosexual. However, she is beautiful, smart, and feel in love with a what else could I want? --- Kaela N.

My first book crush was Will Herondale from The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare! Dark hair, blue eyes, and an accent...what could be better? Not only is he described as incredibly attractive, but he also has a great sense of humor! --- Kate F.

My favorite OTP is definitely Olly and Madeline from EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING. I love that Olly tries everything he can to cheer Maddy up when he wasn’t able to talk to her in person. He didn’t give up on Maddy when her mother wouldn’t allow her to see him and no matter what happened, Olly found a way to communicate with Maddy.  I also love that after meeting Olly, Maddy learned that you have decided which risks you want to take in life. Without Olly, Maddy would have never learned the truth about her life and without Maddy, Olly would have never stood up for himself to protect his family. Olly and Maddy are the perfect pair and support each other in all the best ways. --- Mikenzie R.

This might be a weird choice but I could, I would totally love to date Tintin from THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN by Herge. The love I have for this series of comic books knows no bounds: I reread all the books at least once a year (usually more) and I ended up writing too many college essays about how much I love him. He risks his life to save others and doesn't stop until he gets what he wants. Plus, dating him would probably mean I would get to travel everywhere he does in the books so score! --- Pranshu A.

Here's my answer: In terms of YA, I would say that my favorite book boyfriend is Erik (or Eikko) from The Selection Series by Kiera Cass, because I love his concern for others and his loyalty to Eadlyn, despite her flaws and mistakes. But in terms of dream dates, I'd probably go with America and Maxon's date on the roof in the rain in THE ONE by Kiera Cass (also from The Selection Series) --- after all, who wouldn't want to slow dance in the rain, while wearing a ball gown, with a handsome prince, on the roof of a palace? My favorite romance novel is definitely THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR by Nicola Yoon, and along with it my favorite YA couple --- Natasha and Daniel. I love how each of their personalities brings out the character of the other in unique ways. They each learn lessons from the other and grow in character along the way, which makes for a really strong and positive relationship. --- Rachel R.

While it might seem crazy, I don't really dream about dating book characters! I'd like it if someone were to share aspects of book characters, but I mainly dream of book characters dating each other. My favorite OTPs --- can't just choose one --- are Feysand (A COURT OF MIST AND FURY), Rowailen (Throne of Glass), and Kaz and Inej (SIX OF CROWS)! Happy Valentine's Day! --- Rebecca D.

My absolute favorite book date was between Clark and Andie in THE UNEXPECTED EVERYTHING by Morgan Matson. Clark and Andie went on a group date with two of their best friends in their hometown for an entire day. They paired up and went on an epic scavenger hunt, searching for different atypical household items throughout the town, looking through restaurants, stores and parks. I particularly loved this date because although the novel was rather heavy, this date activity showed their adventurous and silly side. --- Ryan H.
There are so many books, and within those books are so many different characters.  Falling for a few of these characters is inevitable.  Having to choose one to be my Valentine this year, is one of the hardest and most time-consuming things for a reader.  I would gladly take a Calculus test rather than face this question again.  And I really dread Calculus.  However, after much thought and over-analysis, I have come to a decision.  As much as I love Jem Carstairs or Jest or Peeta Mellark, I have to go with Jacin Clay from THE LUNAR CHRONICLES.  Don't get me wrong, I still love those guys and I'm sure that if I gave myself, even more, time to think about it I would choose someone else, but Jacin has me convinced.  His loyalty and selflessness are probably the reason why.  Yes, we see these traits with a lot of other characters out there, but Jacin gave up so much for the people he loved.  He did so much to protect them without them ever asking him, to a point where he put them above the revolution.  Even in his most selfish moment: when he betrayed Cinder to Levana, but even then he did it to protect Winter.  Yes, he deserved that punch that Thorne gave him, but he showed that he will do anything for the people that he loves.  He likes being cold and sarcastic, but we also see a softer side to him with Winter.  Being a sarcastic person myself, I think we would get along fine.  It would be incredibly interesting to get to know Jacin and slowly become a person he cares about.  I think I would enjoy that.  But if one day Jem comes knocking on my door with chocolate and flowers, I'm not going to say no either. --- Sabina Z.

Choosing my favorite fictional boyfriend turned out extremely harder than I thought it would be since --- lets be real --- there are so many male characters we all swoon over these days. However, I recently read COME BACK TO ME by Mila Gray and the leading guy, Kit Ryan, literally had me head over heels obsessed with him. He is a military soldier who is so sweet and makes the most romantic gestures which includes midnight star gazing in the back of his truck along with countless of others and I couldn’t help but mention him! He is definitely an under hyped fictional boyfriend which hurts my heart but at the same time I’m up for it since that means I have him all to myself. --- Taylor F.

Don't tell anyone this, okay? But I have a huge crush on Mackenzie Bishop from THE ARCHIVED by Victoria Schwab. She's feisty and strong. I love her determination and spirit. No one can force her to do something she doesn't want to do. I'd love to live in her world and work with her. It'd be fun to run around and make sure the Archive isn't being messed with. Of course, I love Wesley Ayers too, but Mac has stolen my heart. --- Wren L.

Fangirl by Ken Baker - Fiction


When Josie finds out her best friend has won a contest to meet Peter Maxx, the teen pop idol Josie loves, Ashley introduces her to Peter as well. And suddenly, in a whirlwind of Tweets, IMs, texts and phone calls, Josie finds herself in the middle of a flirtatious friendship that has the potential for complete harmony. But just when everything seems pitch-perfect, the paparazzi flashbulbs explode, along with any notion of a fairy-tale romance.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff - Fiction


This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded. Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents --- including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more --- ILLUMINAE is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

Clockwork Angel: The Infernal Devices, Book 1 by Cassandra Clare - Fantasy

A 19th-century American aristocrat travels to London to rendezvous with a brother who's been ensnared by dark magic. Under the guise of reuniting the family, members of the evil Pandemonium Club --- warlocks and vampires --- arrange for the girl's kidnapping and train her to use her shape-changing powers.