Top 5 YA Love Triangles

What’s the deal with love triangles in YA paranormal romance? They seem to appear just about everywhere and without exception it involves a girl choosing between two equally gorgeous guys. To help you (and myself) sorting through the web of love triangles, I put together a top 5 list, see below:



1. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

The now famous love triangle between Bella and vampire Edward and werewolf Jacob, all though was there ever any doubt who she would pick?


2. Wings by Aprilynne Pike

Laurel cannot decide whether to go with the human David or fairy Tamani. As we’re all screaming “TAKE TAMANI!” she stays indecisive.

3. Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Katniss is struggling with her choice between Gale – her childhood friend or Peeta – her partner in the Hunger Games. While Gale seems like a great guy, Peeta is the obvious choice in my opinion.


4. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer 

Werewolf Calla is trying to choose between her destined alpha partner Ren, a gorgeous and charming womanizer and Shay, the fearless human boy who pushes the boundaries. I loved how complex this triangle was, and after finishing the book I still have no idea who I’m voting for!


5. Penitence by Jennifer Laurens

Oh my, choosing between human Weston and divine Matthias is no easy task. For the first time in young adult literature I actually have no idea who I am voting for!




Runners up:

Fallen by Lauren Kate

Luce finds herself at the new boarding school for troubled kids, and immediately catches the attention of two guys – the rude and arrogant Daniel and the charming Cam – both good-looking of course, and as it will turn out – both (surprise!) outwordly as well.


The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

Of the two supernatural brothers Simon and Derek, the former is the nicest and most goodlooking. Yet, I’m eagerly hoping that Chloe will choose the latter, Derek. Why? Read this trilogy to find out.


The Forrest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Harry loves Mary but Mary loves Travis. Yes, this is a real love triangle complicated by the fact that Harry and Travis are brothers and Travis is to marry someone else. Be prepared to read about a lot of heartache.


Captivate by Carrie Jones

We were all team werewolf Nick (or at least I was), then something happens in Captivate and the new character pixie Astley is introduced, confusing both me and Zara.

4 Responses to “Top 5 YA Love Triangles”

  1. jenika May 15, 2011 at 4:27 pm #

    About Wings series I wish I could say to the Laurell: “are you out of your mind???? How can you be unsure if you want to be with David or Tamani????!!!! We are speaking about Tamani!!! He is totally sweet, he was in love with you from forever, he waited for you, he never left you, he is one hundred thousand times better than David and you still are not sure???” ….bah…

    • tess May 16, 2011 at 11:31 pm #

      I know, isn’t Tamani the obvious choice here? I really have no idea what Laurel is doing, she keeps messing things up, and it’s very frustrating to read! I hope it’ll get better in the next book!

      • jenika May 18, 2011 at 7:24 pm #

        yes, I really hope so too!!

  2. Kristiane December 22, 2011 at 6:59 pm #

    You HAVE to read the clockwork prince trust me its gets SO good and I always have a preference in a love triangle and yet between Jem and Will…I am lost. I bloody loved this book!

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