Happy Valentine's Day to you all!
Thanks for always being so supportive of what I do. It's greatly appreciated.
If you haven't yet, be sure to check out my guest post on love in Young Adult novels HERE. I've always thought young love is something to be proud of, and that as adults we should strive for that sense of fearlessness when we love. It's a difficult thing to do, sure, but it seems to me that it's a worthwhile thing. After all, what's love if not fearless? That, I think, is something we learn daily if we are readers of Young Adult novels.
And, like Orion (Yes, the constellation) from Light of the Moon says,
"Sometimes being brave just means falling in love."
And for all of you wanted a book boyfriend or girlfriend to be yours for Valentine's Day, I have a few suggestions:
SAM ROTH from Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver because he sings and writes poetry. If those aren't your things, he is also a werewolf, a leader, and he sneaks in through windows to visit the girl he loves.
"Right now, every phrase, every lyric, that I had in my head ended with the same word: love." - Maggie Stiefvater, Shiver
ETHAN WATE from Beautiful Creatures because he's strong and understanding at the same time. His character growths throughout the books - and yet there's always the sense that he'd do most anything for those he loves. Plus, southern gentleman. You're welcome.
"I never loved you any more than I do, right this second. And I'll never love you any less than I do, right this second." - Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl, Beautiful Creatures
LENA HALOWAY from Lauren Oliver's Delirium because she is not perfect but she is willing to fight for love. There's something epic about fighting for love - not because you there's no reason, but because there's no other option. Love wins.
Who is your Valentine this year?