V-Day Special: A Valentine’s Day Reading List

Veronika Valia

I mean, reading words on a page is even better than the real thing, am I right? 

Eek. Valentine’s Day. I love this season way too much. It’s the season of love. Of hearts, of romantic dinners, of sweet love letters and more. And what better way to experience that then through a bunch of bound pages? I mean, reading words on a page is even better than the real thing, am I right? I’m so ready. To curl up by the fire, with a box of chocolates and just devour some of the sweetest, most romantic, tear-jerking, fantastic romance books I’ve ever read. 

And take it from me, I know what’s good. I read way too much. Way too much romance, to be clear. Please. I’m not reading my physics textbook or the books that I’m supposed to be reading for school. Instead of spending my time writing that DBQ I have to be writing for Am Stud, I’m sobbing on the floor after the main character cheats on the girl I just know he's meant to be with. I mean what are you doing Colton? Ah. By the way, if you get that reference you're actually amazing, you're a real sucker for heartbreak just like me. Now, I have some amazing books for you to enjoy this Valentine’s Day season. Three to be exact. I asked around the school, and these books came up frequently as some favorites, and how convenient that I’ve read them too. Now, enough about that. Let’s get into the juicy books!

The first book I have is a dystopian romance: Matched. I love this book and I think Matched is absolutely brilliant: the best book I have read all year. The story details the life of Cassia Reyes, a girl living in a future Society, where Officials control everyone's lives who they love, where they work and when they die. Cassia is about to be Matched, a ceremony where 17-year-old citizens meet their future spouse, and Cassia is Matched with her best friend. But when she views her match details on her microcard, it glitches and a face comes up on screen. He is another boy, an Aberration who isn't allowed to be Matched. But then Cassia begins to fall in love with him, and her world begins to change. Her perspective on society and everything is never the same again. 

As this book is written in the first person through her point of view, you feel what she feels and understand her more than anyone else in the book. Her varied personality relates to everyone. The aura of mystery that surrounds him, the new boy that she is Matched with, instantly made me want to know more as he seems gentle, but in his mind is knowledge of the horrors of Society and the things Officials don't tell the public. As his tragic backstory is revealed, readers, myself included, are shocked and enthralled in his story and his relationship with the Society.

The next book (or series I should say) is the Selection series. A lot of people recommended this series to me and though I read it many years ago  it is right on my list. For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. It is an opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth, and escape the social status that comes along with it, and to be swept up in a world of glittering jewels, endless money, and love. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon. However, for our main character America Singer, being Selected is her greatest fear. It means turning her back on her secret love with a boy at home, who is a caste below her, however she loves him dearly. She then meets the Prince, and she starts to question all the decisions she has made for herself and her best-laid plans for the future. I personally love this type of romance book. If you like a good love triangle (set in a dystopian future...yes, I may have a thing) this is for you!

The last book I have is Me Before You which is about quirky Louisa Clark, who lost her job and finds a new one taking care of Will Traynor, who became paralyzed after a motorcycle accident. He is constantly sad and in pain and he no longer feels the joy of living and goes through each day doing nothing but taking his meds, however when Louisa enters his life as his new caretaker, she brings a new light to his life and their relationship develops into something more. 

I loved this book. It's heartwarming and sweet and I felt connected to the characters in a way that I never had been before. It also puts you in the position of seeing the world through Will’s eyes, and what you would do if you were in his situation. This book is perfect to have a good cry too as it is emotional and intense and a rollercoaster of a ride. I feel like the moral is to embrace life and live each day to its fullest.

And what suggestions do Lovett students have for romantic books? On the survey, a number of you name checked The Fault in Our Stars, a classic 2000s hit. I thought it was a bit over-hyped but there are many people who would die for Hazel. Respect. One person mentioned Pride and Prejudice. I don’t know any girl who wouldn’t kill for their own Mr. Darcy. I was a little more puzzled by titles like The Exorcist, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, and The Communist Manifesto. It’s a little known fact that Karl Marx really knew how to write a love scene. And a bunch of you wrote, “I don’t read.” Makes sense that they don’t, given that it was an optional question. Also, come on now. You must just not have read the right books.

So enjoy these books and have a great Valentine’s day curled up near the fire with a cup of tea, with a good book, and your imagination. 
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