Top 5 Saturday: Love Triangles

Welcome to Top 5 Saturday! This is a weekly challenge hosted by Devouring Books, and this week’s challenge focuses on literary love triangles.

I was surprised that I struggled with this one! I read quite a bit of young adult fiction, and the love triangle is a pretty common romantic trope in these books. However, after listing a few of my favorite ones from when I was a teenager, I kind of drew a blank! I did manage to come up with a list of five, though. It may not be my favorite trope, but they are fun to read occasionally! In no particular order, here are my top five!

1. “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins

Amazon.com: The Hunger Games (9780439023481): Collins, Suzanne: Books
  • Genre: YA Fiction

This was, of course, the first book/series I thought of for this prompt! In this book, there is a love triangle between Katniss, Gale, and Peeta. When I first read these books in high school, I was very passionately Team Peeta. And who am I kidding? I definitely still am. I’ve reread the series several times since high school, and still just love Peeta. I can’t help it!

You can find the Goodreads synopsis HERE.

2. “Twilight” by Stephanie Meyer

Twilight (Meyer novel) - Wikipedia
  • Genre: YA Fiction

And of course, can you really do a post about love triangles without including the mess that is the Twilight love triangle? When I read these in middle school, I was firmly Team Edward. When the movies came out, I decided that – for the movies only – I was Team Jacob. As an adult? It honestly kind of freaks me out that I found any of it romantic at one point. Yikes. That didn’t stop me from reading Midnight Sun a few months ago though (REVIEW)! I have a soft spot in my heart for them since I loved them so much when I was a teenager, but there are definitely better love triangles out there.

You can find the Goodreads synopsis HERE.

3. “Uglies” by Scott Westerfeld

Uglies - Wikipedia
  • Genre: YA Fiction

This one is a little bit of a stretch, but I love this series and want to give it attention on here whenever I can. I say that it’s a stretch because I guess there’s technically a love triangle, but I never felt like it was an incredibly important part of the plot. In fact, I wouldn’t have even remembered the love triangle if I hadn’t reread the series somewhat recently. I believe the love triangle that is there is pretty short-lived and takes place mostly in Pretties, the second book in the series. I also remember that I read these around the same time that I read Twilight. And while on the inside I was pretty passionate about being Team Edward, I would often keep this to myself and – in an effort to be edgy and different – if anyone asked which team I was on, I would say I wasn’t Team Edward or Jacob, I was Team David from Uglies! Also, social media (Facebook in particular) was on the rise in terms of popularity at this point, and it was fairly new to most of us. Does anyone remember the old “Flair” feature of Facebook? I definitely expressed my love of this series in Facebook flair at the time. Yikes.

You can find the Goodreads synopsis HERE.

4. “Bridget Jones’s Diary” by Helen Fielding

Bridget Jones's Diary: A Novel: Fielding, Helen: 9780140280098: Amazon.com:  Books
  • Genre: Contemporary Fiction

I own this book, but haven’t read it yet! However, I LOVE the movie. I definitely don’t think it would be difficult to pick sides in this love triangle, but it sure is a lot of fun!

You can find the Goodreads synopsis HERE.

5. “Felix Ever After” by Kacen Callender

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble®
  • Genre: YA Fiction

I kind of got stuck after the first three on this list, and had to do some internet searching to find a couple more to add. I own Felix Ever After, but haven’t had a chance to read it yet. I actually didn’t realize that it had a love triangle in it! I can’t wait to read this one and learn more about it!

You can find the Goodreads synopsis HERE.

Have you read any of these books? What would your top five be?

Let me know in the comments!

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