Teen Talk – YA Book Boyfriends

We all have them … our book boyfriends. The ones in the books we read that make our hearts swoon a little.  It’s not every book, or every guy, but some really stand out.  Today, we’re listing a few of our favorites from Young Adults books.  We’d LOVE for you to add comments about yours (especially since we might find more awesome books to read)!

Peeta Mellark (Hunger Games)

peetaWhenever someone reads the Hunger Games series, they get stuck in the same love triangle that Katniss got stuck in. I, personally, was #TeamPeeta, because he is a sweetheart. Not only did he care for Katniss from the start, but he would do anything for her. He completely defines unconditional love very well, and grabs our hearts from beginning to end. The amount of love he gives to Katniss is incredible, even when she turns away and leaves him in the dust.

“And then he gives me a smile that just seems so genuinely sweet with just the right touch of shyness that unexpected warmth rushes through me.”

Katniss can’t help but fall in love with him, and doesn’t really understand what she feels until Peeta is ripped away from her. She suddenly understands she had already given her heart to him, and would do anything for him. This part from Mockingjay destroyed me…and Katniss, too.

“You’re a painter. You’re a baker. You like to sleep with the windows open. You never take sugar in your tea. And you always double-knot your shoelaces.”

She and Peeta went through hell and back more than once, and have to lean on each other to discover what it really means to live a normal life. Peeta guards Katniss against her nightmares, and she does the same, once they finally have a moment to live in peace.


Julian Blackthorn (The Dark Artifices)

julianJulian stole my heart from the moment I met him in the first installment of Cassandra Clare’s books. He was only 12 in the Mortal Instruments, but even then he devoted himself to his family and more even to his parabati Emma. Now, older and more responsible than ever, he has a deep burden to take care of his siblings and Emma, and sometimes that takes a bit of a toll on him. He pushes all of his hurt and love into his paintings, and locks them away where he won’t weigh down other people with what he’s concerned about. He’s an absolute love and would do anything for Emma, but he won’t tell her that.

“When you love someone, they become a part of who you are. They’re in everything you do. They’re in the air you breathe and the water you drink and the blood in your veins. Their touch stays on your skin and their voice stays in your ears and their thoughts stay in your mind. You know their dreams because their nightmares pierce your heart and their good dreams are your dreams too. And you don’t think they’re perfect, but you know their flaws, the deep-down truth of them, and the shadows of all their secrets, and they don’t frighten you away; in fact you love them more for it, because you don’t want perfect. You want them. You want—”

He broke off then, as if realizing everyone was looking at him again.

“You want what?” said Dru with enormous eyes.

“Nothing,” Julian said. “I’m just talking.”

His ability to simply give pieces of himself up to make other people happy and live a better love at the expense of his feelings and his emotions made me love him even more, because he was so selfless and giving to his family and his parabati.


Magnus Damora (Falling Kingdoms)

magnusMagnus Damora is my kind of character. He’s got emotional damage (My personal favorite) and he’s snarky and rude and just generally kind of a jerk. I liked him from the start, and he was really the only reason I started reading the Falling Kingdoms books. He seems outwardly annoying and rude, but inside he does have a heart and feelings, no matter how much he tries to deny it. He simply just doesn’t want to get hurt, which is why he shoves people away and keeps to himself. One girl manages to weasel her way in to his heart, no matter how much he claims he loathes her. I love the fact that eventually he came to terms with the fact that he does, in fact, have feelings, and that love can be used as a deadly weapon.

“Magnus had come to a horrible realization. One that he knew would cause him nothing but pain and suffering from that day forward.

But there was no changing the truth of it.

He had fallen in love with her.”


Han Alister (The Seven Realms)

hanHan has the capability to steal anyone’s heart. Streetlord, accomplished criminal, and devastatingly handsome with stunning blue eyes and blonde hair, he couldn’t have needed anything else to make him more desirable, yet he manages to become powerful and inherits power he couldn’t even imagine.

“His aster-blue eyes shown out from a face blackened by bruises and soot, his fair hair glittering in the firelight. Dressed all in black, silhouetted against flame, he looked rather like a demon, raised from the dead, trading for souls on the other side.”

It also happens that he’s probably the nicest guy you’ll ever meet, and is loyal to the end when you are worth his effort. He would do anything to protect the people that he loves, and won’t stop to be the best leader he could be. He cares for innocent people, and tries to keep the peace as much as he can , even with the hatred he has for certain people.

“Haven’t you heard about me?” he said, with a tight smile. “I’m really a very dangerous person.” And he did look dangerous until he said, “Look, could you watch Dog for me while I’m gone? I can’t take him where I’m going.”

He’s calm, collected, an excellent diplomat, and doesn’t make stupid choices, which I admired quite a bit about him. Alister is one of the few most well written and rounded characters I have ever read, which made him seem more human to me. I definitely have a crush on this one…

“So here’s the truth – I love you. I love everything about you – the way you stick up for people even when it costs you. The way you keep trying to do the right thing even when you’re not exactly sure what the right thing is. I love how you put words together. You’re as skilled with words as any knife fighter with a blade. You can put an enemy down on his back, or you can raise people up so they find what’s best in themselves. You’ve changed my life. You’ve given me the words I need to become whatever I want.

I love how you talk to lytlings. You don’t talk down to them. You respect them, and anybody can tell you’re actually interested in what they have to say.

I love the way you ride a horse – how you stick there like an upland thistle, whooping like a Demonai. I love the way you throw back your head and stomp your feet when you dance. I love how you go after what you want – whether it’s kisses or a queendom.

I love your skin, like copper dusted over with gold. And your eyes – they’re the color of a forest lake shaded by evergreens. One of the secret places that only the Demonai know about.

I love the scent of you – when you’ve been out in the fresh air, and that perfume you put behind your ears sometimes.
Believe it or not, I even love your road smell – of sweat and horses and leather and wool.

I want to breathe you in for the rest of my life.”


Captain Thorne (Lunar Chronicles)

thorneAll I have to say is: what a sass-ass. Thorne, a little like Jack Sparrow, is such a egotistical, smart, jerky, and actually very kind and compassionate at the same time. He’s the comic relief of the series, and provides an extra laugh when times get tough.

“Yes Kinney?” said Cinder.

“The captain and his crew are requesting an audience.”

“Ha!” Thorne’s voice carried from the corridor. “I told you I could get him to call me the captain.”

Cinder rolled her eyes. “Let them in.”

Cress has such a crush on him, and Thorne, used to flings and one night stands, doesn’t really get “feelings”. But, it’s the sweet side that makes me melt, and the sassy side that makes me laugh. He’s a perfect balance of the two, and totally worth the read of the Lunar Chronicles.

“With a nod, Thorne started down the street. ‘This way.’

Five steps later, he paused, pondered, turned around. ‘No, no, this way.’

‘We’re dead.’

‘No, I’ve got it now. It’s this way.’

‘Don’t you have an address?’

‘A captain always knows where his ship is. It’s like a psychic bond.’

‘If only we had a captain here.’

He ignored her, marching down the street with spectacular confidence.”


Adrian Ivashkov (Bloodlines)

adiranAdrian has a lot of walls put up, he hides behind them. He acts out and acts like a rich spoiled brat, he doesn’t think he’s good enough for anything. He’s an artist who feels deeply , he’s not perfect and he has many flaws. He makes mistakes, but he lives up to them, and he tries to fix them. The thing is with Adrian Ivashkov once he lets you in, you have all his love, and he would do anything for you.

“He was too perfect despite being the most imperfect person I know”

So … those are mine. What are some of yours? Don’t forget to tell me what book they’re from and why you love them. I’m always looking for new reading material!


  1. It’s a little nontraditional, but I’d add R from Isaac Marion’s Warm Bodies to this list as well.

    The way he suppressed his zombie urges and risked his own safety to protect Julie over and over again was very sweet.

  2. I was always a big fan of Peeta, so I’m glad he’s on this list. I’m also very happy to see Adrian IvashKov here too. I always found him to be an intriguing character from the Vampire Academy series, so I was thrilled he was a main character in the Bloodlines series.

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