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My Favorite YA Ship – Rose V.

by Rose V. (@TheRoseVieira)

My favorite ship in YA lit has to be Noah and Brian from Jandy Nelson’s I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN.

The dynamic between the two of them is amazing. Noah is so quiet and nervous, whereas Brian is open and confident. They’re so different, yet on a fundamental level, so similar in their passionate personalities and unique outlooks on life.

Another thing that makes their relationship so intense is the special way in which their emotions are represented. Instead of just action and dialogue, Noah’s mental paintings when he’s around Brian allow you to share in Noah’s internal feelings in a way that pulls you even deeper into their relationship.

On a larger level, Noah and Brian are an amazing couple because they represent a journey that’s critical for young adults, particularly those who identify as LGBTQA+. Noah and Brian aren’t confident in their sexuality (or at least expressing it openly) as demonstrated by one of my favourite passages in the book:

““I love you,” I say to him, only it comes out, “Hey.”

“So damn much,” he says back, only it comes out, “Dude.”

He still won’t meet my eyes.”

Through tough decisions, personal growth, and just enough cute moments to make you squeal, Noah and Brian become something beautiful, bright and hopeful that makes them my favorite ship in YA literature.

Our favorite love triangle is between Cass, Falco, and Luca in the SECRETS OF THE ETERNAL ROSE series, by Fiona Paul. Have you read these historical romances full of mystery, intrigue, and swoony characters?

Barnes & Noble
Barnes & Noble
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