Every once in awhile you come across a guy in a book that just makes you wonder why on earth we have to live in the real world. I mean, why can't the guys of this world read YA lit and take notes? This should be a class taught in school! I'm seriously on to something here . . .
Well, boys, if you want to know how to get an awesome girl, and treat her right, here are some book boyfriends you should definitely study up on.
1. Reformed thief, Han Alister from THE DEMON KING by Cinda Williams Chima.
Han is absolutely the perfect balance of bad boy meets perfect gentleman. He's always getting into trouble, but he will do anything for his friends, his family, and especially the girl he's in love with. He's witty, charming, adaptable, loyal, romantic and dangerous. Oh, and I forgot to mention, he's MINE.
“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.”
2. Prince Titus, Master of the Domain, from THE BURNING SKY by Sherry Thomas.
The depths of my love for this Prince is endless. Titus is so stinking clever! I love his sarcasm and his wit. The lengths he will go to to protect the love of his life makes me giddy with swooniness. He is beautiful in every way! Study up, boys! Study up.
Titus took Fairfax's hand, "And you, you smite anything that comes between the spear and the bell jar dome."
"Your wish is my command, sire," she said smartly.
He pulled her in for a quick kiss. "Good. Say that to everything I want."
3. Southern Gentleman, Eight Beaufort, from COMPULSION by Martina Boone
Is it a coincident that Boone rhymes with swoon? I don't think so. I love that Eight (Charles Beaufort the 8th) is so kind, considerate and loving, always trying to find ways to make Barrie happy. But he's also not afraid to tell Barrie she's being ridiculous and she needs to knock it off. Eight is everything a girl could ever want in a boy. And everything you boys should strive to be!
"He cupped her face, his calloused fingers both rough and gentle against her skin as he bent to kiss her. They came together like thirst and water, like dark and light. Eight’s thumb traced the shape of her face, the curve of her cheek, then he groaned and dropped his arms around her waist to pull her closer. Barrie felt found, the way only Eight ever made her feel found."
4. The Savage Outsider, Perregrine, from UNDER THE NEVER SKY by Veronica Rossi
OMG Perry. Guys, if you want to really know how to treat a girl right, look no further. The thing that's so awesome about Perry is that he's fiercely protective and loyal, but he also knows that a girl can handle herself. You save me a little, I save you a little, and in the end . . . we kiss. Also, he could totally demolish anyone who ever bothered you.
“What I was trying to say,” he whispered, “is that I see you in everything. There isn’t a word for you that means enough, because you’re everything to me.”
5. Slave turned Rebel Leader, Arin, from THE WINNER'S CURSE.
I'm sorry for listing those other boys ahead of you, Arin! You know you're my favorite! Arin is one of the most intense book boys I've read. He is so selfless and often self-deprecating, but also so strong and determined. He'll do anything for his people, and for that stubborn girl who he loves. Oh yeah. And he sings!
An emotion clamped down on her heart. It squeezed her into a terrible silence. But he said nothing after that, only her name, as if her name were not a name but a question. Or perhaps that wasn't how he had said it, and she was wrong, and she'd heard a question simply because the sound of him speaking her name made her wish that she were his answer.”
6. The Beautiful Angel, Akiva, from DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE
Has there ever been a guy more willing to go to the ends of the earth for the soul he loves? If there has, I don't think my heart can handle it.
“Your soul sings to mine. My soul is yours, and it always will be, in any world. No matter what happens. I need you to remember that I love you.”
I asked around for your favorite book boys, and here's what you said:These I've read and completely agree with:
- Brigan from FIRE by Kristin Cashore
- Po from GRACELING by Kristin Cashore
- Froi from FROI OF THE EXILES by Melina Marchetta
- Finnikin from FINNIKIN OF THE ROCK by Melina Marchetta
- Gen from THE QUEEN'S THIEF series
- Max Watson from THE START OF ME AND YOU by Emery Lord
- Sean Kendrick from THE SCORPIO RACES by Maggie Stiefvater
- Tom Finch Mackee from THE PIPER'S SON by Melina Marchetta
- Jonah from ON THE JELLICOE ROAD by Melina Marchetta
- Daemon from the LUX series by Jennifer Armentrout
Moms, give these books to your sons and you will be loved. Teachers give these books to your students as study guides. Boys, read these books to learn how to be a boyfriend. And girls, read these books to learn how you should be treated!
Is your favorite book boy listed here? If not, who is he? We can always use more study material!