On this, the highest and holiest of holidays devoted to all that is romantical (including our all-consuming passion for dark chocolate), we couldn't help but wonder what celebrating February 14th would be like with a super-cool boyfriend who hunts demons, buys us chocolate-filled croissants and is next in line to rule a war-torn dystopian nation.
Thankfully, our favorite YA novels are here to not only offer up a few clues, but also a number of suitable suitors to swoon over. So, before we kiss another Valentine's Day good-bye, we've gathered our friends from around the blogosphere to contemplate which literary dreamboat would make the best boyfriend. Check out all the hot, hunky picks after the jump!
Jace Wayland from "City of Bones" by Cassandra Clare
Choosing a YA boyfriend was a lot harder than I thought it would be. Perhaps it’s because I’m pretty equal opportunity when it comes to strong, attractive protagonists. But after a lot of consideration, I decided I’d check “yes” for Jace [Last Name Constantly Changing] from Cassandra Clare’s "Mortal Instruments" series. Sorry, Clary! Jace’s sarcastic charm and bad-boy personality had me at "City of Bones." So what if he’s a little damaged and arrogant? He’s got looks that can kill…and Shadowhunting skills that can do the same. So I know he’d defend my honor. And since we’re definitely not related, Jace, will you be my Valentine? —Breia Brissey, Entertainment Weekly
Etienne St. Clair from "Anna and the French Kiss" by Stephanie Perkins
There's a reason why so many grown-ass ladies still sigh like schoolgirls over Stephanie Perkins' "Anna and the French Kiss," and it can be summed up in two words: ETIENNE ST. CLAIR. (Wait, is that three words? Do I care? Do numbers even mean anything when confronted with the total freakin' perfection of this Paris boarding school's HBOC? OMG WHAT IS COUNTING.) Etienne is everything: handsome, witty, charming, worldly, loyal...oh, and did I mention he loves his mother? Swoon. If only he were real. We'd go to the cinema and eat croissants and everything would be heaven. —Kat Rosenfield, Hollywood Crush
Prince Maxon from "The Selection" by Kiera Cass
While I accept that we may learn about a few more of Prince Maxon's flaws when the second book, "The Elite," comes out in April, right now, he is perfect. It's not just the way he treats America—which is with so much respect, she's a huge fool for not just swooning at his feet!—it's the way he treats all the girls involved in the Selection. Sure, he pays a little more attention to the girls he likes, but that's just how it goes. And, yeah, the fact that he keeps Celeste around shows some questionable taste. But, still, he's so dreamy. He's handsome and kind and masculine and likes to talk and take strolls outside. Then, of course, there's that whole royalty thing (even if it is ruling over a whacked out, dystopian country like Ilea). —Breanne L. Heldman, Yahoo! Entertainment
Day from "Legend" by Marie Lu
I think I gotta go with Day from Marie Lu's "Legend" trilogy. He's a street-smart genius, loves his family, saves little homeless girls, performs amazing feats of agility and is the most-wanted criminal in a dystopian police state—all the qualities I like in a real boy. Oh, and he sounds hot. —Brooke Tarnoff, NextMovie
Augustus Waters from "The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green
Hot and tall with an impeccable wit? This teen boy must be a work of fiction! Nevertheless, it's near impossible not to fall in love with dreamboat Augustus Waters from the moment he opens his mouth in Hazel Lancaster's Support Group. And though he isn't rewarded with the happiest of endings in John Green's beloved novel, we like to imagine an alternate reality in which we meander through the tulips fields of Amsterdam, hand in hand. —Amy Wilkinson, Hollywood Crush
Which YA boyfriend would you want to be your Valentine? Tell us in the comments and on Twitter!