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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

YA Bloggers Want...A True Love Story: The Mod Podge Bookshelf

It's kind of amazing, but we're at the final posting for What YA Bloggers Want...thanks to everyone who contributed and followed along on this lovely YA journey!

Our final post today comes from Gabrielle Carolina from The Mod Podge Bookshelf. Her wishes are simple: a true love story.

Welcome, Gabrielle Carolina!


What Do YA Bloggers Want? A true love story.

I know that this is a subject most readers have a vested opinion in. Some believe true love can’t happen when the characters are only in high school. Some argue that the paranormal genre is the only place to find high enough stakes to make passion believable. Some don’t believe in love at all.

No matter how you feel about love, a book should fulfill all the desires of the heart. That is why I want to read a True Love story. When I read a majority of YA books I have this thought, “If the author continued on about 100 pages or so, we would witness the couples break-up.”

I believe in true-love and in soulmates and I believe you have to fight for it, no matter the genre.
These are the books I love, that feature couples who love each other like no other could:

If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson
Enthusiasm by Polly Shulman
The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
Firelight by Sophie Jordan
The Clearing by Heather Davis
Delirium by Lauren Oliver


In the immortal (and slightly paraphrased) words of the Dread Pirate Roberts: "Do you think true love happens every day?" Ok, that's completely out of context, but what do you think, readers? Do you long for YA books with true love? What makes it ring true?

Today's post is the last chance to win the grand prize--comment until Friday, and I'll announce the winner next week! Here's the prize video (note that some titles are no longer available):


  1. I'm not really into the whole romance genre, but whenever there is romance between 2 characters, it always makes the story more real. But, it can't be the "love at first sight" thing. I seriously hate that. I like it when the characters start out not liking each other very much, but then ens up really liking each other in the end. For give My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs is an example that does a really good job of this.

  2. Can I comment on my own post? I'd have to say, I agree with me, and that list of books is fantastic!

    All jokes aside, thank you, Holly, for including me in this, you are fabulous!

  3. Ha, Gabrielle! Ako, that's interesting. Love at first sight doesn't bother me, but there are other romance conventions that do. I don't enjoy feeling like I've read the same story over and over. Sure, there are commonalities, but I want to be convinced. It starts with character.

  4. I'm not of the belief that true love in high school is impossible, I just think it's not as common as it seems in YA. I do enjoy reading about it, though! (Though sometimes I tire of the "soulmate" concept that occurs so frequently in paranormal YA)
    I feel that the most "true" love in YA happens when the characters are friends first (they joke, they argue playfully), and then move to the next level. :)

  5. I love all these thoughts! I keep saying "Yes, exaclty!"

  6. I would love to see more contemporary love stories. Not so much of the passionate paranormal ones but definitely more of the young love stories. I really enjoyed reading Matched because it was so innocent. Although that one was a dytopian. I also liked reading A Season of Eden, that one was more recent in my bookshelf. A ton of people don't really like it because its between a teacher and a student but they are both over 18 and only 4 years apart. I didn't think it was too controversial.