I hate Valentine's Day. It's just a huge money-grab, plus it encourages bad relationship stereotypes (guilt-tripping, selfish girlfriend, emasculated wimpy boyfriend). Luckily today is my day off from both school and work, so I can huddle in my house and avoid the hearts and flowers.
However, I do have two awesome recommendations to make, and since they're both romance-themed, I thought I'd share them on this silly holiday.
The first is a song I discovered yesterday. It's by Hedley, a band I've never been overly fond of, but they are local and successful so I have no problem supporting them. Anyway, this song is adorable. I listen to it with a huge smile on my face the whole time. Plus the lyrics are pretty genius. I have a feeling it's going to inspire me a lot when I write love scenes in the future.
The other recommendation I have is for the sweetest, most romantic, most cutesy book I've probably ever read.
ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins.
Yeah, you've probably heard of it. For good reason: it's incredible. Stephanie perfectly captured what it feels like to have a crush on someone you shouldn't and what it's like to be shy and nervous in a new place. Anna is the most hilarious protagonist ever, and unlike many YA girl protagonists, I really like her. She's completely relatable, and I found myself wishing she were real so I could be friends with her. And the love interest, Etienne/St. Clair? Omg don't get me started. My best friend and I have this, ahem, standard we look for in boys and it's summed up by the love interest from Meg Cabot's The Princess Diaries, Michael Moskovitz. Whenever I have my eye on a boy, I tell her "he's pretty much my Michael Moskovitz."
Well, now? Now I sometimes switch it up to "he's pretty much my Etienne St. Clair."
That is how much this book rocks. It's impacted the way I creep on hot guys. It's a big deal.
I'm so excited for Stephanie's new book, LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR, which will be released later this year!
Anyway, I'll leave you with this picture of me spending Valentine's Day alone with
the gorgeous Etienne a book. Happy V-Day, everyone!