One of these was a fantastic commentary by Zoe Marriot on the condescending views many people of my beloved YA genre. It perfectly explained a lot of the reasons I love about YA novels and the feelings I hope to evoke in readers when/if I ever get published. If you're interested, read it here. Seriously, amazing.
But at the end of that article, in the "you might also like" section, there was a link for Zoe's review of Divergent from when she won an ARC before it was published. As you might have noticed, I am a little obsessed with Divergent. For oh, so many reasons. So, despite running out of time before I needed to leave, I read her review.
Because it's a compulsion. And I cannot stop myself.
And it was a perfect review. HERE.
Zoe described so many of the reasons I love Divergent and Veronica Roth. But the idea that hit me the most?
"I didn't swoon over Four for a second. I fell in love with him, quietly and deeply, just as Tris did."
I read that and had to just sit and let it sink in for a minute. That is exactly how I feel about Four. He is by far my favorite YA boy. I really like some others that are all pretty close in their ranking in my heart (Jace, Will, Jem, Lord Hector, Alex, Julian, Xander, Ky, Mal, Augustus, Percy, Po, Saf, Brigan....the list goes on...).
But Four? Something about him stands out. Because I fell in love with him quietly and deeply, rather than my usual hard swooning. He surprised me. And every little thing he did endeared me to him. His courage, his strength, his ability to let Tris be herself rather than be consumed in him, his tattoos (oh, his tattoos), everything. Just the thought of him makes my heart splutter a little.
And the thought that maybe someone exists out there who has even a few of his qualities, makes me want to find him. (And make him get some of Four's tattoos...)
I am such a fan of our wonderful Theo James who is playing Four in the
movie. Not my favorite picture, but it's from the article Veronica
put on her blog announcing his casting. *source
I know some people find this kind of literary affection strange, but most of y'all are YA readers, so I assume you understand.
So, my question to y'all:
(I am from Texas after all, don't make fun)
Who is your favorite YA boy?
And: What made you fall for him? What stands out about him?