Tuesday, 14 March 2017

10 YA Books WITHOUT A Love Triangle

(Alternative title: In which we search for the fabled unicorn.)

Be nice, Ivy. The love triangle may be overused, but it's still a perfectly valid trope. When used well, it adds character motivation, tension, drama...

(Then why is this post about stories without them?)

Because I fancied unicorn hunting. Grab your bow.


1. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

To give you an idea of how heartbreaking this book is, it's set during World War Two, and it's narrated by death.

But at least there's no love triangle. 

2. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

No love triangle, just Puck, Sean, and a large number of flesh-eating water horses.

3. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Four different Londons, but no love triangle. Kell would rather deal with an evil, magical stone than juggle two love interests.

4. Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell

Sophie's cousins, Piper and Cameron, both want her to believe them. They're fighting over her, just not in that sense.

5. The Maze-Runner by James Dashner  

Time is running out, and stopping to angst over who to kiss in a giant death maze could get them killed.

6. Daylight Saving by Edward Hogan

With less than 200 pages, there really isn't the time for a love triangle. The clocks are about to change.

7. The Double-Edged Sword by Sarah Silverwood

In which the magical orphan does not have a love interest. Let alone two. He forms a trio with his two best friends and heads off into another world.

8. Holes by Louis Sachar

If you went to school in Britain within the last ten years, you've read Holes. It's about boys digging holes. And peach preserves. And a female outlaw. One of the better books you suffer through as set reading, to be honest.

9. The Stella Etc. Series by Karen McCombie

 A girl moves from London to a fictional seaside town called Potbay. Over the summer holidays, she makes a lot of friends and, against all fictional logic, somehow avoids coming between two boys.

10. The 13 Treasures by Michelle Harrison

Fairies are more trouble than romance could ever be.

What's your favourite YA novel without a love triangle?