We would like to thank you all for celebrating with us this year's Literary Swoon series. It's been a pleasure reading some of our favorite YA authors' favorite romantic scenes and discussing them with you.
Today, we end with our very own personal picks of romantic scenes. We hope they make your hearts beat as fast as they have obviously made ours. Please beware that there will be spoilers.
Now sit back, read, sigh, and enjoy...
K.'s Favorite Romantic Scene
The final paragraphs of Libba Bray's The Sweet Far Thing is one of the most poignant moments I think I've ever read. This series is about growing up, accepting change, claiming your rights and your dreams. It is about self-worth, courage, and love.
I could write an entire post about why reading the closing passage of this book makes me want to move and take on the world; why it makes me want to throw myself at love and possibility. Gemma and Kartik face extraordinary challenges and yet they do not falter. They share their strength and with these words, I feel Bray expertly tugging at my heartstrings.
When I dream, I dream of him.
For several nights now he's come to me, waving from a distant shore as if he's been waiting for me to arrive. He doesn't utter a word, but his smile says everything. How are you? I've missed you. Yes, all is well. Don't worry.
The day is breaking free. It bathes everything in fierce light. Kartik is fading from view.
No, I call. Come back.
I'm here, he says.
But I can't see. It's too bright.
You can't hold back the light, Gemma. I'm here. Trust me.
The light is so bright it hurts my eyes. But I don't dare close them. I won't. Instead, I try to adjust to the dawn, letting the tears fall where they may, because it is morning; it is morning, and there is so much to see.
It never fails.
* * * * *Tonya's Favorite Romantic Scene
When it comes to romance, I am a very picky customer. I need something emotional. Something visceral. Something that will make me shiver and ache and smile, and maybe even cry for the characters.
Which is probably why I loved Gayle Forman's If I Stay / Where She Went duology so much. The story so eloquently painful, you feel everything as acutely as the characters do. And I uhh... yeah, I definitely feel something for Adam.
In this scene (SPOILER ALERT) Adam sees Mia for the first time since she disappeared from his life after the tragic events of If I Stay. A lot has changed for him; he's become a celebrity, well known for the painful and angry songs he's written about Mia leaving him. He's angry, but still wants her so much it makes him feel unhinged.
"I look at her there in the shadows of the shut-down city, her hair falling into her face, and I can see her trying to figure out if I've lost it. And I have to fight the urge to take her by the shoulders and slam her against a shuttered building until we feel the vibrations ringing through both of us. Because I suddenly want to hear her bones rattle. I want to feel the softness of her flesh give, to heat her gasp as my hip bone jams into her. I want to yank her head back until her neck is exposed. I want to rip my hands through her hair until her breath is labored. I want to make her cry and then lick up the tears. And then I want to take my mouth to hers, to devour her alive, to transmit all the things she can't understand."
I mean... gah. *fans self* If that's not swoon, I don't know what is.
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Wendy's Favorite Romantic Scene
Sometimes you love another person intensely, but you just can't be with them. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater is the story of a boy who becomes a wolf in winter, and the girl who loves him. It's an agonizingly beautiful book, full of quiet tenderness and heartbreak as Sam and Grace spend time together before he becomes a wolf forever.
In one of the pivotal scenes towards the end, Sam feels he's losing his struggle to stay human.
Sam cupped my face in his hands and looked me in the eyes. His eyes were yellow, sad, wolf, mine.
"These stay the same. Remember that when you look at me. Remember it's me. Please."
That moment, when he knows he's losing himself and is desperate to maintain some human connection with the girl he loves, makes me cry every time. (I teared up just typing this!) Can love survive impossible circumstances? If you read Sam and Grace's story, it isn't hard to believe that love is always within reach.
Occasionally I'll put a hand on this book when I pass by my shelves and I swear--sometimes I think I can feel its heart beating.
Now you tell us your favorite romantic scene!
Leave comments below telling us which love-moments have stayed with you and why. We hope you've enjoyed reading all of the romance we've shared over the past week. And once again, have a lovely Valentine.
Jessica Spotswood, author of the Cahill Witch Chronicles
Amy Garvey, author of Cold Kiss
Sarah Rees Brennan, author of Unspoken
Sarah Fine, author of Sanctum
Marissa Meyer, author of Cinder
Bonus: 2012 Literary Swoon Series
Talk to us about what you think of the romantic choices daily--we'll choose our favorite comment on each of the posts, and the 6 finalists will be entered into a drawing to receive a box filled with romantic books! The box will includes recent releases featuring love-struck couples, as pictured. You have until Friday evening, February 15th to record your comments on each post for them to count.