Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s prompt is a love freebie, which was actually harder for me than it should have been. I was really torn between talking about my favorite romantic pairings or my favorite friendships (hey, friends love each other too!), so I ended up deciding to do five of each!
Platonic Relationship // The Golden Trio (Harry, Hermione, and Ron) from Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
This is so obviously the OG group of friends in YA for many reasons. Sure, the trio certainly underwent some growing pains together, but that’s just part of growing up. I admire how each of the character’s different strengths rounded each other out. The trio never could have made it through the whole series without one another.
Romantic Relationship // Mr. and Mrs. Mendoza from Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Absent parents? Not here! Ari’s parents were such a highlight in this book. They very clearly loved and cherished each other very much. It was such a refreshing break from the way parent’s relationships are often portrayed in media.
Platonic Relationship // The Black Betty Gang (Liam, Ruby, Chubs, and Zu) from the Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
This makeshift family deserves more love. Although there were a lot of rocky starts among these friends, they all eventually grow protective of each other in such an admirable way. I really enjoyed reading about all the friendship (and even romantic relationship) that stemmed from this group.
Romantic Relationship // Maxon and America from the Selection by Kiera Cass
Team Maxon for ever and ever! I don’t care what anyone has to say about it, I am a huge fan of this series. From book one I was totally and completely rooting for Maxon and America to ride off into the sunset together. I love that America was never afraid to stand up to Maxon and that he always took her worries to heart without dismissing her.
Platonic Relationship // Kate and August from This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
Kate and August are certainly one unlikely pair, but they are so great together. The way their relationship developed from two people who really should have been enemies into friends was so interesting to watch. I absolutely loved reading their deeply candid conversations.
Romantic Relationship // Katniss and Peeta from the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I know that the romance is pretty much the least important thing to be going on throughout the trilogy, but I still have a soft spot for it. Even before they shared romantic interest, the relationship between Katniss and Peeta was also something special.
Platonic Relationship // Frances and Aled from Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
Bless Alice Oseman for always making it evidently clear that this pair had no romantic interest. Frances and Aled have such a pure friendship. They’re always trying to be there for the other person whenever they can, and I really appreciate such a healthy portrayal of friendship in a YA book.
Romantic Relationship // Simon and Baz by Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
I am always and forever losing my cool over Simon and Baz. What a Shakespearean enemies-to-lovers tale for these two. Honestly, I am so in love with Simon and Baz and think they deserve a happy ending to their relationship and the conflict in the World of Mages.
Platonic Relationship // The group (Adam, Julian, Charlie, Emerald, etc.) in a List of Cages by Robin Roe
A List of Cages is, without a doubt, one of my favorite books about friendship. The portrayal of a group of friends in high school felt so true and real, especially the scenes were they were all eating school lunch together. The brotherly relationship between Adam and Julian melts my heart every time.
Romantic Relationship // Alex and Henry from Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
I had never been so invested in a romance plot-line before Alex and Henry. Like many others who picked up Red, White & Royal Blue, I was constantly rooting for their relationship to work out despite all the odds against it. Reading this pair feels like a unique pleasure of being invited into their world and seeing Alex and Henry fall in love with each other first hand.
Until next time!