It’s time to get your claws out. We want to know who the best Young Adult fictional boyfriend is, and it is up to you to tell us.
Are you a fan of wizards, or do you prefer a boy who can embrace your geeky side? Whoever your type is, Young Adult fiction has your bases covered. You might have a pretty good idea about which fictional boy would rock your world.
If you’re having trouble deciding, scroll down to read thoughts from Hypable staffers who present their argument for their chosen boy. Just don’t blame us if it makes your choice even more difficult.
The winner of the poll will henceforth be crowded with the “Best YA Boyfriend” title. We will shower him in recognition, and whenever we write about him we’ll note that he won this coveted description.
Contest is open now through Friday, December 27 at 9 p.m. eastern. Share your vote with fellow fans of your pick to make sure he wins!
Who should you vote for?
Ron Weasley (‘Harry Potter’)
There’s no shortage of lovable boys in JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series, but in a tossup over who would make the best fictional boyfriend, there’s just no way you can’t give it up for everyone’s favorite ginger, Ron Weasley. Harry may have that swoon-worthy hero complex thing going for him, but there’s something to be said about a guy who can make you laugh with his quick witted, ever so slightly sarcastic charm.
As a boyfriend, Ron would totally be the type to make sure you didn’t take everything so seriously, and let’s face it, if you’re even slightly as high strung as Hermione can be at times, you totally need someone like Ron in your life to remind you not to sweat the small stuff! You’d never have to worry about getting along with his family if things started getting serious because the Weasleys are pretty much the best family ever — seriously, who wouldn’t want to be adopted by them?
Add on the fact that he’s fiercely loyal and unafraid to stand by his friends, even when it means putting his own life on the line, and I’d say that makes Mr. Ron Weasley quite the catch indeed! – Pamela Gocobachi
Harry Potter (‘Harry Potter’)
I’m honestly more of a Ron girl, but Harry – despite his teen angst and saving the world complex – is just a really good guy. He is the boy you want to bring home to your parents (as Ginny can definitely attest to), and not just because he’s Harry frickin’ Potter, but because he’s a genuinely nice and compassionate person.
His Gryffindor bravery also means that Harry is a lot more open about his feelings than most of the other boys in the series: he asks the girl he likes to the Yule Ball at age 14(!), he kisses his best friend’s sister in front of the whole common room, and he (gasp) actually makes an effort to understand girls’ feelings.
When he breaks up with Ginny and tells her to stay out of the war, it is not because she’s a girl (Hermione goes with him, after all), but because he is genuinely terrified of losing her – and you can’t fault him for that, even if it would have been cool to see Harry and the girl he loves fighting Voldemort side by side. Having lost his family so early in life and grown up with a horrible one, Harry has come to appreciate the importance of love, which makes him value both his friends and his makeshift family.
And the fact that he ultimately falls in love with Ginny Weasley, after years of slowly getting to know her better and seeing her grow up into a strong-willed, powerful witch, shows how much he values friendship and trust in his romantic partner. Harry is a keeper (…except when he plays Quidditch. Badam-bam-tshhh). – Selina Wilken
Tobias Eaton/Four (‘Divergent’)
When you first meet Four, he’s the intimidating and brooding instructor of the new Dauntless initiates, but the nickname “Four” quickly falls away as Tris falls for Tobias, in between the knife throwing lessons and maneuvering through simulations. The facade he puts up when he’s in public disappears away when it’s just the two of them. It’s refreshing when he’s open and honest with her, not holding back for fear of protecting her as the war rages throughout the books.
Above everything else, Tobias believes in Tris. He knows she is strong, but he also knows her ferocity would eventually be her downfall, but will do anything for her. We see him grapple with his darkest fears, face his abusive father both in the simulations and in real life, and we watch him become an amazing boyfriend. There are few other men you’d like to have around in a world such as post-apocalyptic Chicago. – Kristina Lintz
Peeta Mellark (‘The Hunger Games’)
This catch of a man is clever and classy, rebellious and realistic. With his sharp wit and determination, Peeta is a natural leader who is man enough to let the strong lady in his life shine. Most importantly, he possesses that most underrated of human qualities: kindness. And let’s not forget that he of course BAKES, and thereby has strong baking arms.
This means that with Peeta as your boyfriend, not only will you be pretty much set for every major milestone in your life (because you will always have the best birthday cakes), but you will also get the advantage of cuddling up to his strong baking arms. So yes, at the end of the day, there’s only one little doughboy I want to take home to momma. – Ariana Quiñónez
Forget everything you think you know about classic literary swoon-worthy males. Levi exceeds those expectations by a long shot. Long night at the library? Family needs your help? Levi is there to escort you home and take you where you need to be.
But perhaps his greatest attribute is that Levi appreciates your fandom. That’s right. No questions about why you choose to spend sleepless nights fantasizing about your two favorite male characters’ unexplored romance. Even as you enter your third straight hour of fan fiction reading, Levi will meet your gaze with goofy grin, not an eye roll.
When he’s not participating in emergency Kanye dance parties, or brewing his own Starbucks creations, Levi is working hard to obtain a career he is passionate about. Everyone from the elderly to babies may feed off his charm, but don’t fret! Levi is a one-woman man. – Brittany Lovely