Cia and her friend Tomas are out in the wilderness trying to survive. They’re getting along really well. The two of them are working hard to survive. Then BOOM we have the romance. With as much YA as I read I couldn’t say I was surprised but I’m definitely annoyed. I then took to Twitter to vent my annoyances.
Here we have two teens struggling to survive. They’re fighting nature and the baddies in the book. They have a lot on their plate. Why must there be stolen glances, racing hearts, or any of that other stuff? If this were happening in reality, I somehow doubt there would this type of romance going on. Obviously they would grow fond of each other but not a romance. (I do have to say it’s not the stupid “You are my entire world” love though. That’s a plus.) It’s still annoying.
So why must there be romance in pretty much all YA books though? I understand to an extent because of the hormones that are going on. It annoys me because I find romantic storylines boring and uninteresting. It also bothers me because of the message it’s sending. It’s projecting the message that you need to be in a relationship. A boy and a girl working side by side to survive can’t be doing this as friends or partners. Surely they must be in love. Why in the world couldn’t they work together without out there being ‘feelings’ between them?
Another aspect of the romance in YA that annoys me is that it feels very forced in. YA romance definitely has its place. I know that. Romance does sell. There’s do denying that. But why stick it in many, many of the books that are out there when it’s unnecessary? I always see it in sci fi/dystopia books. We have the boy and the girl paired up as partners facing danger. Working together they discover they’re in ~love~. The story could have been just as strong if the two were only partners, friends, colleges, coworkers, whatever the case may be. That’s still an interesting story.
How do you feel about romance and YA? Do you feel it’s being pushed everywhere?
Any recommendation of YA books where there’s no romance in it?