Love and romance are part of human culture and obviously show up in many of our books. There have been countless couples throughout history who have captured the hearts of readers. Even young readers.
Some of the earliest couples I remember reading about are:
- Anne Shirley & Gilbert Blythe from Anne of Green Gables
- Nancy Drew & Ned Nickerson (had to look up his last name!)
- Amy March & Laurie (never did like that match up though)
There weren't really any YA books around when I was a kid and I moved pretty much from those books to Agatha Christie - not a lot of romance for poor ol' Hercule!
Current MG and YA books are full of couples and love triangles (but that's another post) and some of them are very memorable. One of my recent faves is in Ice Dogs by Terry Lynn Johnson. While it's totally an adventure book the realistic relationship that grows between the characters is fabulous. Shannon Messenger, Medeia Sharif, Elana Johnson, and Shelli Johannes are other authors who create strong relationships between their YA characters. Wish those authors had been around when I was a kid!
Who are your favourite couples from the books you read as a child or teen?