Ah Valentine’s day … I keenly remember the sweet pain of anticipation that every Valentine’s day brought. Waiting in home room at my high school for the coveted cans of soda to be delivered to their intended recipient bearing the note, “______ has a “Crush” on you!” And the agony of trying to decipher the intentions of the sender. Was the “crush” meant romantically or just in a friendly way? These questions would be discussed in the halls, at lunch, and in notes passed in class. Although my love life was a comedy of errors, I found solace in the romantic endeavors of my favorite characters. And so to celebrate relationships from fairy-tale to failure, we offer up our favorite dating advice we have garnered from YA books.
Read These Books –> Learn These Lessons
If the hottest guy in school acts like he hates you, but can’t stop staring at you … its probably because he’s not quite human and your fates are intertwined. – Twilight by Stephenie Meyer (and any number of paranormal romances)
Never hypnotize a guy into being the friend you think you want at nine, because then he’ll never develop into the guy you can date at seventeen! – Crush Control by Jennifer Jabaley
If you write your deepest emotions down in a “story” and you share it, eventually people are going to figure out what and WHO you are talking about…. – Love Story by Jennifer Echols
You know that beautiful, witty, excentric girl that you have a crush on? Someday she will realize how amazing you are and take you on the adventure of a lifetime, just be patient. – Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns by John Green
You have to ask yourself, “is love worth starting a war over?” – The Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness
Never propose to a girl by insulting her parents. – Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Stop thinking about the landing, because it’s all about falling. – Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green
When a guy tells you he is vampire royalty and that the two of you have been betrothed since your birth, your best course of action is to stab him with a pitch-fork and run like hell! He is obviously unhinged. – Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantasky
Nietche theorized that we are attracted to that which repels us … applying this concept to dating, we should therefore treat those whom we like the most with disdain and they will find themselves inexplicitly drawn to us. – Carters Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford
Always apply more lippy before seeing a boy. Like small monkeys, they are attracted to shiny things. – Confessions of Georgia Nicholson by Louise Rennison
Don’t mix up your grandfather’s laxative with your protein powder. Ladies like confident and continent men…. â€“ Swim the Fly by Don Calame
In any relationship, no matter how short, soundtrack is key. –Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
If you like someone, tell them. You never know when it might be too late. – Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
If you look at your exes and see a theme emerging, maybe you need to examine your love life more closely. – An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
In a relationship, it is best to be honest up front. – Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher
If you find yourself in a dystopian future, prepared to make the difficult decision between dating a baker and a hunter–but either way, you have a chance of having enough to eat. – The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
If you find the right guy, he’ll still love you even if you drag him through a swamp at night and a monstrous creature chews off most of his arm. – Chime by Franny Billingsley
Becoming undead? Totally worth it, because you wind up with the man of your dreams … FOREVER! – Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Playing ditsy and stupid will only get you boys who are stupider than you’re pretending to be. – Bruiser by Neal Shusterman
Lessons from No Place in Particular
If you try to hide something from your boyfriend or girlfriend, they will find out, and it will eventually lead to you breaking up. If you have killed someone, have a secret identity or are hiding super-powers, tell them now for the sake of your relationship.
If you’re human, don’t date a vampire, werewolf or zombie–it never works out.
You know what they say about assumptions … if you are unsure how he feels … just ask.
Love doesn’t solve the problem, but it sure makes things like the end of the world easier to deal with.
Treat every guy you meet like a prince or princess, this will help you avoid any awkward situations down the road when you have to apologize for yelling at the royal heir.
Thank you to contributions from my fellow bloggers Gretchen Kolderup, Faythe Arredondo, and Jessica Miller, and to the suggestions of my coworkers Dennis Ross and Anna Foote at the Johnson County Library.
— Kate is currently trying to avoid the inevitable end of The Fault In Our Stars by John Green by reading very, very slowly.