Happy Friday! I don't know about you, but I'm ready for a fun discussion topic -- and a giveaway :)
You've probably heard this song.
Beware: it's one of those things that just sticks in your head. I'm humming it right now.
It's about a girl who tells her boyfriend that they are never getting back together.Never. Ever! Do I believe her? Yeah. Kinda. Okay, not really.
So in the spirit of on-again off-again couples, couples with huge obstacles, couples that are just not meant to be together, here's my list of:
YA Couples who are Never Ever Ever Getting (Back) Together*
*Some of them never had a prayer. Some I truly believe are permanently broken up. Others have a chance! There's always hope, right?
11. Nikki and Jack from the Everbound series by Brodi Ashton.
Yeah, this has been one rocky relationship. She disappears for six months, then at the end of the first book, he.. no, I can't tell you. Read the book, and tell me: can these two ever get back together?
10. Eliza and Cooper from One Night That Changes Everything by Lauren Barnholdt.
Eliza was really mad because Cooper lied, so she said something terrible about him on the internet and then he and his friends stole her secret notebook? Is there any future for this troubled couple?
This couple had a deal that they'd travel together the year after graduation. Then Bev reveals a secret: she's going to college instead. Heartbreak! Betrayal! Girl bands! You've got to read this one.
8. Logan and Gwen from Crimson Frost (part of the Frost series) by Jennifer Estep
She can see everything he's trying to hide just by touching him. Then his father is in charge of putting her on trial for her life. Then, well, he's not really himself and does something he thinks she'll never forgive. Uh oh!
7. Romeo and Juliet from Juliet Immortal and Romeo Redeemed by Stacey Jay
He betrayed her, and now the two of them are on separate sides of an eternal battle for lovers' souls. Can she ever forgive him?
6. Ruby and Liam from The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Ruby is slow to trust anyone, and then she finally gets closer to Liam, she has to ... no. I can't put any spoilers here. Let's just say this couple has an uphill battle...
5. Anna and Cas from Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Yeah, Anna's a tough girl to warm up to, being that she's angry. Okay, murderous. And a ghost. But these two have such fantastic chemistry...
4. Rhine and Linden from the Wither series by Lauren DeStefano
Okay, so Linden's father might have kidnapped Rhine. And maybe forced her to marry Linden. And, yeah, Linden has these other wives. And Rhine is in love with someone else.
3. Cassel and Lila from the Curseworkers Series by Holly Black
Cassel has been secretly pining for Lila for years. There's just one little obstacle to their relationship: he thinks he murdered her. Yeah, that's a bit of a problem...
2. Aria and Perry AND Liv and Roar from the Under the Never Sky Series by Veronica Rossi
Perry is an Outsider and Aria is a Dweller and the two groups don't trust each other. Roar loves Liv, but she's kinda betrothed to this other guy. Will this ill-fated foursome ever find happiness?
And... my number one never-ever-getting-back-together couple:
1. Karou and Akiva from the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor.
They are on opposite sides of an epic blood feud. They tried to fight for their love, but then he did something so unforgivable that I wonder if these two can ever ever get back together. We'll see.
To be entered in the giveaway, just tell me what you think of my list in comments. Or the song. And if you can think of other couples you'd add, let me know that too. I review YA, but you can offer up any fictional couple with issues.
What do you win? Your choice from a fabulous selection of seven December and January YA ARCs and finished copies. If winner is international and it will cost over $10 to ship to their address, they can pick any book up to $10 from TBD. US winner can choose this option too. Accepting comments until 9 am EST Monday, January 21!