Least favourite plot device.
I’m not even sure if this is a plot device but one thing that annoys me more than anything else is romance in young adult books. I admit I am not a fan of any sort of romance so I might be slightly biased here but I have a particular hatred of romance in YA books. I don’t mean I hate all romantic YA books. I hate books where romance is an important plot point where it really shouldn’t be.
One of the worst offenders is Across The Universe. In this book we see a teenager wake from stasis and find herself on a ship. She finds out she will probably never see her parents again. You would think the story would be about her adapting to life on the ship and trying to find out why someone onboard is trying to kill the other people in stasis. Instead most of the story is revolves around the girl falling in love with the only guy her age on the ship.
Nothing annoys me more than a book with romance where there really shouldn’t be romance. For example, A Mad and Wonderful Thing by Mark Mulholland. Romance is an important part of that book. We see a character trying to juggle growing up and falling in love while also being a sniper for the IRA. The romance is important because he grows as a character because of it.
Now take Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick. This story is about a girl and her friend who go to spend a weekend in the mountains but are kidnapped after a bad snow storm. This is a survival story. But this book is more about who this girl is currently in love with than it is about survival. I’m not sure about anyone else but if I was kidnapped I wouldn’t be thinking about hot guys. But thats just me.
I don’t mean to sound like I’m hating on YA books. Some of my all time favourite books are YA. But this problem of inappropriate romance seems to only occur in YA.