Thursday, September 8, 2011

My Top Ten YA Guys (& winner)

This was not as easy as it sounds.

I began drafting this list eight months ago (haha) ~ I found it was EASY to plot my absolute definite top 6 guys. They are all obvious must-have picks

As for the remaining four ~ I had to whittle them down from about ten additional faves. Such as: I REALLY love both Cath Crowley's boys Dave (Chasing Charlie Duskin) and Ed (Graffiti Moon) but I couldn't pick quite which one had the edge over the other (depends on which Crowley book I am with at the time) I spent a few months agonising over things such as this ...

The time has come to move on with my life ;) and put my list out there.

My Top Ten Six YA Guys
(okay, I couldn't do it. I present my top six fave YA guys 
 ~ in no particular order)

Jonah Griggs
from On The Jellicoe Road
Chris Harvey
from Good Oil
Ryan (Rhino)
from Raw Blue
Seb Magenta
from Finding Cassie Crazy and Dreaming of Amelia
(published in the US as The Year of Secret Assignments and the Ghosts of Ashbury High)
Tom Mackee
 from Saving Francesca and The Piper's Son

Gilbert Blythe 
from Anne of Green Gables (and the entire series, obviously)

The thing about all six of these guys (five of them Australian) is they are more than just a hot, swoony love interests to me. I love them as characters regardless of their love status to the MC (my love for them goes beyond romantic interest). They are favourites of mine as leading men of their own stories ~ I love them hard-core all for different reasons.

Okay, moving on... 

So, are you curious to who else is hovering on the peripheral maybe going to be making an appearance in the remaining 4 spots? The remaining guys are a mix of pure swoon as well as characters I just plain love (such as Homer ~ who is no particularly swoony as all, but I love him so)

(again, in no particular order)

Jake Tolan from Saving June
Greg (oh I love him) from Stealing Heaven
Nathan Maguire from Psych Major Syndrome
(in particular, I always seem to have a thing for Elizabeth Scott boys, but Greg is my all-time fave)

Three more Aussie books <3
Ed Skye from Graffiti Moon and Dave Robbie from Chasing Charlie Duskin (Cath Crowley's boys)
Rodden from Blood Song (I think he will be even more impressive as the series continues. Very intrigued about him)

More Notable Mentions:

  • Homer (Tomorrow When the War Began) LOVE this guy, seriously.
  • Gale (The Hunger Games), Peeta's not bad, but I am a Gale Girl through and through. 
  • Catcher (The Dead Tossed Waves, The Dark and Hollow Places) 
  • Adam (If I Stay, Where She Went)
  • Tucker (Unearthly) 
  • Po (Graceling)

As you can see, I DO love lists. I just SUCK at making them definitive. I over-think and chop and change. It's agonising, really :D

Which is why I have locked in my top six fave (too easy) 

And also shared a few other YA boys who I have a bit of a thing for :)

I haven't mentioned any of my fave boys from a male POV. I think I will save them up for a different post. (phew ;)

Also, I don't tend to crush as much on the lower YA end of the spectrum. If I did, my faves would go to:
  • Dan from Six Impossible Things
  • Raven from My Big Birkett
  • Will from Perfect You

inkcrush faves is a new feature for my blog. Look out for upcoming posts covering fave books according to genre, fave make-out scenes, fave nostalgic books, etc... (of course, I am not a scheduler, so, you know the drill... it will be a randomly presented feature.

xx Nomes

And *huge drumroll* the winner of the signed copy of RAW BLUE by Kirsty Eagar is Flannery from The Readventurer. 

Thanks to everyone else who entered and I seriously had butterflies when I pressed the random generator number, haha.Raw Blue is available with free international post through


  1. OH MY GOD. If you were anywhere near me right now I would give you a tackle hug.

    I was reading this and thinking about how your Top 6 is basically my Top 6--even though I didn't super love Chris from Good Oil. (So it is almost the same:)) I love your picks. All of them. THEN I got to the bottom of the posting and my eyes popped out of my head.

    *grins* LOVE!

  2. I've heard a lot about Jellicoe Road and I still haven't read it! I definitely need to move it up my TBR! Also, ADORE Gilbert Blythe! Oh Anne, how could you have been so blind?! Haha. Great list! I definitely need to read Saving June ASAP!

  3. WHAT?! Jake is not in your top 6! LOL. I really admire you for being able to make a top 6. My list would be more like a top 20. Agree with them all expect I haven't meet Catcher from The Dead Tossed Waves series. Need to make sure I read it soon :)

    And congrats to Flannery for winning Raw Blue! Thanks again Nomes for participating :)

  4. While many of the guys I am not familiar with due in part that they are from some of your favorite Aussie novels (sigh, which I still need to get my hands on) I am also a Gale fan, as well as Po and Tucker, so I am sure I would find all your choices right on. Great list!

  5. LOVE this post! I so trust your swooning so I'll be looking into these books. ;)

  6. I love this post too and how fluid it is. :)

    Big congrats to Flannery! I'm excited for her to fall in love with RB.

  7. BOOK BOYS!!!!!!!

    My favorite topic of All Time! A few of these I already know and LOVE just as much, even Chris Harvey, despite his douchebag indiscretion.

    *copies list frantically* I can't wait to read about these other guys. I love your lists, Nomes. So helpful and fun, and WOW! Thanks for the new additions to the TBR.

    P.S. ADAM! TOM! RHINO! *le sigh*

  8. P.P.S. In my boy lust excitement, I forgot to say, Congrats to Flannery! YAY!

  9. I'm with Missie. I love talking literary book crushes.

  10. Jonah Griggs is totally on my list! Loveeee Tom Mackee and Gilbert as well.

    I need to read Jaclyn Moriarty's books... I think they're next on my list to get from the library.

    Everyone seems to adore Greg from Stealing Heaven, so I think I really need to re-read that book. It was the first Elizabeth Scott book I read and I don't remember it that well.

    Ahh Ed from Graffiti Moon is awesome... I basically have a huge crush on that entire book.

    I have so much fun reading lists like these. <3

  11. I like your list!! I think I put Jonah on top of my list too! She's just too awesome for words!!

    And congrats to the winner.

  12. Five Australian boys! I added a whole bunch of books to my list :P

    I'm a Gale girl, too :)

  13. I'm ashamed to say I haven't read most of the books on this list! But now I totally want to, to get acquainted with these guys :D

  14. Haha, I knew Johan and Tom would be on your list. They'd probably be on mine too. And me, I was a Gale girl all the way too. Love this new feature you're doing. Brilliant.

    As for Like Mandarin - I didn't love it as much as I think I would have. I understand that there are a lot of young girls who idolize and want to be like the older girls, but the whole time it just made me kind of sick watching it. I wanted her to be her own person from the get-go. Wanderlove is nothing like that though - I think you'll really love it!!

    congrats to the winner!

  15. ......






    love love love. <3

  16. Fictional lads I have always wanted to be real:

    Ed from Zusak's The Messenger.

    Alex from Nick Earls' After January and Dan from his 48 Shades of Brown.

    Alex from Jo Horniman's Secret Scribbled Notebooks.

    Kite (though of course he is just a boy) from Martine Murray's The Slightly True Story of Cedar B Hartley.

  17. Gilbert and Homer are my faves. Strange pair, but I love them!


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