Ready to talk about love in contemporary YA fiction? Today, Tiffany Schmidt talks about the aspects of romance in a novel that just work and she offers up a host of titles to satisfy readers looking for those very things.
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Tiffany Schmidt’s first crush was G.I. Joe. Her first hundred or so kisses were with the boy next door (she was a very affectionate toddler). Tiffany now lives with her saintly husband, impish twin boys, and a pair of puggles in Pennsylvania. When she’s not writing, she’s frequently covered in toddler and puggle kisses–they’re both rather drooly, but absolutely priceless. SEND ME A SIGN was her debut novel, BRIGHT BEFORE SUNRISE will follow in February 2014, and the ONCE UPON A CRIME FAMILY series begins in 2015 with HOLD ME LIKE A BREATH.
I love when books explore the concept of not-right boyfriend/girlfriends. Not because the guy or girl is abusive or awful, but because it’s not the right time, not the right chemistry… not the right person. Break-ups because things aren’t wrong, but they’re not right can be heartbreaking. They’re realistic and make a sizzling next relationship appear all the more sizzling in comparison.
I’d love to see more books where the characters get together earlier in the story. While the yearning portions of books are lovely and make us flip their pages, I’d love to see more stories where healthy romantic relationships are depicted. Where the curtain isn’t dropped with the suggestion of coupling up = happily ever after. Novels that take us past that point and depict a young couple working out some of their early insecurities and issues; that show us the romance and heartache of settling into a relationship. Like the moment when you’ve hung up on your boyfriend/girlfriend for the first time and you’re cradling your phone, praying they’ll know you want them to call back. Or you’ve slammed a door and you hope they’re waiting on the other side figuring out the perfect words to transform the emotions inside you from anger and hurt to comfort and passion.