In honor of Valentine's Day, here's my first "Top Five Friday"!
I can't promise that this will be a regular post, but I thought this would be a fun way to start! I mean...who doesn't love a good literary leading man?
NOTE: I will try to keep this as non-specific as possible, but their stories are a big part of their placement on this list, so there will be some spoilers
5) Augustus Waters from John Green's "The Fault in Our Stars":
Oh, Gus. Even John Green admits he had a crush on Hazel's beau. His wit and heartwarming view on his reality take him from being an unattainable figment to a completely believable character that every teenage girl would crush on- and every reader feels for chapter after emotional chapter.
4) Clayton Danvers from Kelley Armstrong's "Otherworld" series:
Okay...so the polar opposite of Gus- Clay's stoic and antisocial, and he doesn't understand the empathy involved in usual social contract. Yet he's fiercely loyal to his family and protective of those he loves. His outer shell softens around Elena and the rest of the "Pack" which lets readers left and right fall in love with him.
3) Alex Fuentes from Simone Elkeles' "Perfect Chemistry":
The eldest and arguably the most loved of the Fuentes brothers. Alex is passionate and protective as he steps into the role of care taker of his family. Granted, he makes a lot of...less than intelligent decisions in the process, but the growth of his character and his story with Brittaney keep him at the top of many girls' lists.
2) Dexter from Sarah Dessen's "This Lullaby":
So adorably dorky, Dexter is in stark contrast to some of the other characters on this list. His endearing persistence to win Remy's heart and his faith in his music make him worthy of his place on this list.
1) Étienne St. Clair from Stephanie Perkins' "Anna and the French Kiss":
The crush of many girls at SOAP, Étienne is dorky, witty, intelligent....and he has an accent! I mean, come on! Ms. Perkins wrote into existence the epitome of a high school girl's "dream guy" and his romantic evolution makes it impossible not to feel blissfully content with the story.
Wes from Sarah Dessen's "The Truth About Forever"
Bren and Jasper from Kit Rocha's "Beyond" series (an adult series with adult content).
That's my list! Do you guys agree? Or do you think I missed someone? Feel free to let me know in the comments!
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!