Here's part two of my favourite couples of 2012. For those of you unfamiliar with the Christmas Countdown, it began in 2009 and was originally a countdown of my favourite romantic pairings. I am a big fan of happily ever after. But in 2010 I changed the rules ~ just so I could include Sarah Rees Brennan's brilliant brothers Ryves - Nick and Alan ~ and now a couple simple means two people whose relationship I adore.
So without further ado my Top Five Couples of 2012
Number 5 - Lucy and Shadow from Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
Two perspectives, one night ~ graffiti, poetry, past heartbreaks, new adventures, danger, friendship and new beginnings. I could not love this couple or this book more. Absolutely fabulous!
Number 4 - Verity and Maddie from Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
The first non-romantic couple to appear this year. Oh how I loved them. This book is simply amazing and the friendship between Verity and Maddie is so well done and stayed with me long after I closed the book. It's absolutely perfect.
Number 3 - Kami and Jared from Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
If Sarah Rees Brennan has a book out, it is pretty much guaranteed that she will be on this list. I LOVE how she writes relationships, be they fraternal, romantic or, as in this case, slightly odd. Kami and Jared can hear each others thoughts, which is not as romantic as you might think, but does lead to a wonderful story.
Number 2 - Gansey and Adam and Ronan and Noah. . . and Blue too, actually, from The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Oh my the friendship, the loyalty, the ties that bind in this book! It is an incredible feat. The connections Maggie Stiefvater draws between these characters, you can feel the weight of the history in their friendship, and when Blue joins the fabulous four, you can see the beginnings of friendship and understanding too. Absolutely fabulous. I can't wait to see how these friendships evolve.
Number 1 - Eleanor and Park from Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Only something completely amazing could knock my beloved Raven Boys from the top spot. And Eleanor & Park is amazing. I absolutely adore these two. This novel got under my skin, the same way The Scorpio Races did (Puck and Sean were my No.1 couple last year) and I can't heap enough praise on it.
That's it then, the couples Christmas Countdown of 2012. It's been another good year for YA couples.
Please do tell me your favourites