5. Tristan and Elaine - Song of the Sparrow by Lisa Ann Sandell
Song of the Sparrow is one of my favorite books of Arthurian legend (and in general) and one of the things about it that I love the most is the way Elaine falls out of love with Lancelot and looks at Tristan - her friend and companion, specially after Lancelot (her childhood hero and crush) starts ignoring her - and sees the love he has for her even though he was kind of afraid to fall in love (after the whole Tristan and Isolde thing). Still, it was super good to see this strong girl find someone she could rely on for real.
Jesse and Suze - The Mediator Series by Meg Cabot
She was a girl, he was a ghost and still they fell in love. Jesse is the ghost of a guy who was killed in Suze's house in the 1850's and he's very much an old fashioned gentleman. Suze is a mediator, a liaison between the living and the dead, and she'll be the first to admit that it's a raw deal but she'll also be the first to admit that meeting Jesse was one of the best things that ever happened to her. Theirs is a love that truly conquers all, even death.
Special mentions to Rob and Jess (of 1-800-Where-R-U) and Michael and Mia (of Princess Diaries) both by Meg Cabot, because their love stories were also sweet and, oddly, against the odds! They deserved a mention!
Nick and Norah - Nick and Norah's Infinite Play List by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
One crazy night all around New York City, filled with music and the infinite possibilities of "maybe". When Nick sees his ex walk into the club where his band was playing he asks Norah to be his girlfriend for the next 5 minutes, and so begins their journey. Their story doesn't wrap up everything in a nice bow, but it does leave that lingering, wonderful feeling of maybe, of anything and everything can happen between these two and, in the end, when you're 17, that's kind of all you can hope for, right?
Miranda and Heathcliff - The Bad Academy Series by Cara Lockwood
Everything about the Bard Academy is a bit off, Miranda quickly realizes that after she gets sent there for accidentally totaling her odious step-mother's car. One of the good things about the place, though, is Heathcliff, a mysterious boy with no other name who is always there when she needs him. Heathcliff has secrets tied to Miranda's family, but after they met and the more time they spent together I could totally believe that what he felt for her wasn't because of the past but because of whom Miranda was to him. And that, my friends, is good-love.
Jonah and Taylor - On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
Jonah and Taylor's story is complicated. Both of them have personal issues to deal with, things about their past that aren't so good. But when they are together you can feel the spark between them jump off the page. They bring the best out of each other, and their relationship is super intense but there is something sweet underneath that intensity: the fact that they want to and take care each other. They are the cherry on the top of an awesome book, Jellicoe Road, and theirs is a story that leaves a bit of an afterglow when you're done. That's how good their love-story is.
That's it for this list! See you soon with more!