YA Crushes

This looks fun: Kelsey of Reading Keeps you Sane, Khyrinthia of Frenetic Reader, Jordyn of ten cent notes, Persnickety Snark, and Trish Doller compiled lists of their favorite YA crushes. It was interesting to see, as some of them crushed on characters other put on their “least favorite” lists. I was wondering who would be on mine. (Dude, Logan, if TV counts. which I don’t think it does.)

Boys List

1. Edmund Pevensie. My love of Kind Edmund the Just of Narnia is well-documented. You can pick up a copy of Into the Wardrobe and read all about it. I wonder, however, if it counts as YA? Possibly not in Wardrobe, but he’s older and wiser in Prince Caspian and Dawn Treader (and way older and wiser in Horse, which is where I truly swoon) so I’m going to count it. Honestly, the only male in that seires I love more is Reepicheep, and you guys are sure to think I’m gross for saying that.

2. Gilbert Blythe. Swoonie swoon swoon. You want to hear why I love Gilbert? This is why. He’s so sexy and stalwart. And plus, he’s the hero of one of my favorite novels of all time (Anne of the Island).

3. Remus Lupin. Yeah, I know he’s an adult in a YA novel, but I was an adult when I read it, and I just found him adorable. Rumpled, long-suffering, brilliant, tortured. I was so sad when he broke poor Tonks’s heart. Again and again. And then… man, now I’m getting all teary. RIP, Remus.

4. Ravus of Valiant. Rrroawr. I seriously need me some troll love. Why was that never a thing, the way vampires were? Sexy sexy. There is nothing I like more than a troll who can teach me how to swordfight.

5. Hmmmmm…. this last one is tricky. Should I pick Po of Graceling? Evan of Bloom? Rex of Midnighters? Kartik of the Gemma Doyle Trilogy? Drew of Major Crush? Should I just call it a tie? Okay, even narrowing down, there is no way I can decide between Po and Rex. No, it’s Rex. Man, I love Rex. I love how great he is with Melissa, I love what a badass he is after he’s darklingified. I just love Rex.

Girls List

1. Aravis Tarkheena from A Horse and His Boy. She’s so kickass.

2. Sophie and Darla of Dull Boy. It’s a twofer of superheroey goodness! Actually, we can add Catherine into that, too. It’s three amazingly awesome heroines in one novel!

3. Elnora Comstock of A Girl of the LImberlost. Dare I say it? Even cooler than Anne Shirley.

4. Dess of Midnighters. Run away with me, Dess! You deserve so much more than being stuck in that one-darkling town!

5. Man, I know I’m forgetting heaps. Like Diana Holland of The Luxe, who is delicious and irrepressible. And Philippa Gordon of Anne of the Island. And Tally Youngblood, natch. Ooh, and Nicolette from Top Ten Uses for an Unworn Prom Dress. And Bitterblue of Graceling, who, is it just me, but does she have a bit of the Alia Atreides about her? Am I wrong? Oddly prescient, wise beyond her years Bitterblue? But I digress. Ooh, and Alanna of Trebond. How could i forget her!

Too bad I can’t do that for TV too. Willow Rosenburg and Cordelia Chase and Veronica Mars and Mac would certainly have made the cut.

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19 Responses to YA Crushes

  1. Trish says:

    I like the variety on your list. My girls of YA list comes tomorrow.

    Also, I didn’t include SSG in my boys of YA list, but if I had, Poe would have been #1.

  2. Diana says:

    that’s very sweet! I didn’t really order them so much… Probably Dess shoulda been higher on my list. I love her so.

  3. lenore says:

    Great list! Generally, I tend not to crush on YA males. Too immature for my tastes. It was funny because this 20 year old guy randomly stayed with us a couple of nights (long story) and he was the type I would have totally swooned over as a teen — wrote (bad) poetry, played guitar, good looking, charming, loved adventure and travelling — but now that I’m 10 years older and wiser, he just seemed incredibly immature. Hmmmm.

  4. Diana says:

    I can see that. Lenore. There are many, many YA boys who cause gals to swoon and just don’t do it for me, or even the teenager living inside of me. You’ll note that my list has more than a few adults (or at least folks we see as they grow into adults) on it. 😉

    What’s interesting to me is how my husband and I regularly argue about Before Sunrise/Before Sunset in this manner. I’m not a huge fan of Hawke’s hapless schoolboy in Sunrise. I far prefer Sunset and the people they’ve grown into.

  5. Kelsey says:

    Yay! Great lists! Though I have no idea what some of those are from, haha. 🙂

  6. Diana says:

    Which ones, Kelsey? Come, let me lead you into temptation!

  7. lenore says:

    That’s interesting you bring up Before Sunrise/Before Sunset. I used to love Hawke’s hapless schoolboy, but not so much anymore. Also prefer grown up Hawke character.

  8. khy says:

    REX! I love Rex. Even though he kind of bugs me. Oh well. xD

  9. PurpleRanger says:

    I’m not into guys, but I think your #5 chould be Drew from MAJOR CRUSH. And if I were to do a list of girl crushes, Virginia from the same book would definitely be on the list.

  10. Diana says:

    lenore, it’s a long-standing debate in my house. I love love love love love Sunset, and it’s catapulted my regard for sunrise, which my husband has always loved, but I was more lukewarm about, even when I was their ages.

  11. Diana says:

    Khy, most of the guys I like kinda bug me sometimes. Rex’s darkling kickassness totally overshadows his annoying translation nerdiness, yeah?

  12. Diana says:

    PR, they are both awesome. “The hand thing” has become parlance in certain social circles.

  13. Tiff says:

    See, I read Major Crush and just found both Drew and Virginia too angsty for me. But if I had to choose, I’d go with Virginia in a heartbeat. Also, am I the only person who really liked Walter (the best friend)? I think I like to root for underdogs.

    Gilbert = awesome. So does Phil.

    I always had a thing for Ginny Weasley. I love how sweet, funny, and strong she is, all at the same time.

    My current YA boy crush is Tobey from Susane Colasanti’s When It Happens. I don’t necessarily believe Tobeys exist in high school like he did, but I like the way Colasanti gives hope to younger girls! My current boyfriend is definitely a Tobey.

    I’m totally in love with both Eric and Bridget from the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series. Also both Dani and Greg from Elizabeth Scott’s Stealing Heaven. And pretty much all of Maureen Johnson’s characters make me squee.

  14. Celeste says:

    Ravus would have to be on my list, too. Love, love, love him. There need to be way more hot trolls in YA fiction. 🙂

  15. AmyW says:

    I am so glad that someone else likes Ravus, and is with me on the troll love. He had a line there that made me swoon like I haven’t swooned in years! (I don’t want to be a spoiler – but I suspect you know what I mean!)

  16. Diana says:

    Yeah, AmyW, pretty sure I do. (Does it have to do with knees? that’s where I swooned like a lady in a too-tight corset.)

  17. PurpleRanger says:

    Tiff, I kind of liked Walter. I can at least identify with him. I’m prone to the same foot-in-mouth disease flareups that he had. But if you read my review of MAJOR CRUSH, I think what I liked best about Virginia was the pad her mother used to write excuses for her when she was sick.

  18. Nelly says:

    yay! I love making “crush” lists. My YA Boy list in some particular order (minus Poe since that felt like cheating):

    . Gilbert Blythe from Anne of Green Gables
    . Prince Char from Ella Enchanted
    . Dave the Laugh from the Georgia Nicholson series
    . Vin from Ripped at the Seams
    . Michael from the Princess Diaries

  19. Ravus and Edmund! *swoons* Diana, you and I may find ourselves in a fight for our literary man one day.

    Also, Catherine and Darla and Sophie yay!