Valentine’s Day was never my favorite day for a multitude of reasons until I realized I could celebrate book love, friend love, family love, instead of feeling down about my lack of romantic love. It’s a day to remember our book boyfriends and girlfriends, our book best friends, and our fellow readers. *massive group hug*
Let’s revisit some memorable book love:
1. The Cute Kind of Love That is Adorable and Everything Precious In This World
Simon & Blue from Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda
If you haven’t read this book yet, check it out here.
Simon and Blue have such an amazing, everlasting love that is everything true. From Oreos, identity, and high school truths, this book is DEFINITELY one to read and reread for ages.
2. Strong Sister-Love That is Everything
Safi and Iseult from Susan Dennard’s Truthwitch
Short things short: Threadsisters. Bound together in the soul. The perfect team for a heist and running away from dangerous things. For more info:
Agnieszka and Kasia from Naomi Novik’s Uprooted
Agnieszka and Kasia have a bond forged from turmoil, or at least, possibly sharing a fate. Every year, the Dragon chooses a girl from a village to keep for ten years, during which mysterious things happen. Agnieszka & Kasia know they might not see each other for the rest of their lives but form a friendship that stands the test of a wicked forest, an unexpected decision, and several disasters at court.
Annamae and Samantha from Stacey Lee’s Under A Painted Sky
I finished this book yesterday and the one thing that stood out to me was Annamae and Sammy’s relationship. From the get-go, they’re thrown together and adjust to each other’s skills and limitations. One of them killed a man who tried to rape her. The other is a runaway slave fighting for the life she deserves. Together, they’re two girls on the run in the wide open west, trying to survive. From the beginning, they’re ready to help each other–they’ve got an instant connection. Annamae and Sammy are the rare kinds of friends who just “get” each other, like a sister would. And after all they go through, they’re definitely sisters at heart.
3. Intense, Fiery Love That Provokes Much Fangirling
Nina and Mattias from Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows
Nina and Matthias. Oh my goodness. They’ve got a shared history BOTH of them are surly about, unresolved sexual tension, and leftover passion from The Time No One Wants To Talk About. And, you know, she’s exactly the kind of person Matthias was raised to destroy.
It’s no wonder they’ve got such an explosive love.
4. EMOTIONS = ROLLERCOASTER Love
Kell and Lila from Victoria Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic
If you’ve seen me on Twitter or know me in real life, you know I can’t stop talking about this book. Kell and Lila are one of the reasons why.
They have SUCH compelling chemistry. In one moment, Lila is almost nice to Kell and in the next, she’s being adorably snarky. Or confusing. Kell, of course, is trying to keep up with her reckless, breakneck pace AND keep his head on his shoulders. But he also starts to care for Lila. I find that they’re always entertaining, together and apart. They’ll take your emotions on a rollercoaster ride and give them back to you in tatters. Pretty tatters, but it’s the principle of the thing.
5. Favorite OTP Quote
There’s one quote this year that has stuck in my head for a while. Unsurprisingly, it’s from Six of Crows.
“I’ll have you without armor, Kaz Brekker. Or I will not have you at all.”
It’s a testament to Inej’s fierceness. She knows what she wants, what a healthy love for her is, and she’s not afraid to tell that to Kaz.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
What were some of your favorite relationships in books? Any new OTPs this year?