I've fallen behind already. Last night I slipped on commenting. It's already half way through the day on Saturday and I have yet to write my post. Eeks! Because of it, I must short change one of my favorite YA characters....Sorry Four.
F is for Four.
I love for my YA books to have a romantic element. No matter how exciting or original or clever a premise is, it's typically the love interest that keeps me turning pages. There is something beautiful about YA characters figuring out who they are, who they want to be, and who they want to be with that I'm drawn to. Out of all the YA love interests I've read about in the last several years, my absolute favorite of them is Four from Divergent. Here's the thing - I have no idea why. He's perfectly well-rounded: mentally tough, physically tough, vulnerable, smart, mysterious, has plenty of deep-rooted issues, has a handful of weakness, understands more than he lets on, fits EC's "takes care of Tris without treating her like she needs to be taken care of." He actually is very similar to most YA love interests....only he's more awesome and I love
him reading about him. (Clearly I don't love him because he's 19 and I'm a 34 happily married mother of two and middle school teacher and that would make me a literary cougar and oh - look at that, my three year old is throwing a tantrum and I must run.....) Four, like the Divergent series, is one of my favorites - we'll just leave it at that.
I hope to catch up on comments tomorrow!