The Broke and The Bookish is celebrating love on behalf of Jamie’s wedding this week, so we’re focusing on couples that we believe would make it in real life. This prompt has made me realize that I need to read more contemporary YA romance because most of the romances I kept thinking of are from paranormal fantasy and fantasy novels. I just don’t think those relationships would work in a realistic world. I don’t have a list of ten today, but I’m still satisfied with my list, especially since I love these couples
1. Jay & Violet from The Body Finder series (Goodreads)–Is there a better book boyfriend out there?! Sigh. I love this couple. I realize that this series is supernatural because of Violet’s ability to see echoes, but it reads more like realistic fiction than anything else.
2. Adam & Mia from If I Stay (Goodreads) / Where She Went (Goodreads)–I have to believe if you’ve read these two books then you understand completely why they’re on this list. Adam’s point of view in Where She Went is explanation enough. They could totally make this work beyond the pages.
3. Lola & Cricket from Lola and the Boy Next Door (Goodreads)–I love this couple! Are they quirky Absolutely! But they balance each other out and work really well together. I can definitely picture them being super cute together in real life California.
4. Anna & Etienne from Anna and the French Kiss (Goodreads)–I feel silly including two couples from the same author, but Stephanie Perkins does a fantastic job writing realistic characters! Anna and Etienne go through so many ups and downs that I think their relationship is believable and something that could continue to grow in real life. I still think I like Lola and Cricket more, but Anna and Etienne are really cute together.
5. Rusty & Honor from In Honor (Goodreads)–This relationship might be a long shot since these two really only get to know each other during a road trip, but for some reason I think they can make it work. There’s something about their chemistry that makes me feel like real life love would be a possibility.
6. Travis & Harper from Something Like Normal (Goodreads)–Harper will need to remember to be patient with Travis, and Travis needs to remember not to take Harper for granted, but this flawed couple has what it takes to make it. I love these two characters so I can’t help but cheer for them as a couple.
I hate to end this list at six (I like a nice round number), but that’s all I can think of. Which couples made your list? As you can see, I need some recommendations for realistic contemporary YA romance!