When I hop in my time machine and journey back to my YA years for material to pop into my writing, there is one word that flashes in neon above my head.
LOVE – LOVE – LOVE.
Ah, the many faces of love in those chaotic days of high school never disappoint in making our stories ring with truth.
FIRST LOVE: Sweet, delicate, and completely uninformed.
UNATTAINABLE LOVE: Aiming higher than your social sphere.
POWER PLAY LOVE: Dating the right person for social advancement.
TRUE LOVE: Shut up Mom, it is possible to find your soul mate in high school.
CONVENIENT LOVE: Sticking together for social events especially in senior year.
FORBIDDEN LOVE: Your best friend’s boyfriend.
ON AGAIN – OFF AGAIN LOVE: You’re my boyfriend THIS week.
SLOPPY SECONDS LOVE: Next…
MY PARENTS DON’T WANT ME TO DATE YOU LOVE: Rebellion.
SEXUAL-TENSION LOVE: Combusting hormones blot out all logical brain function.
OMG LOVE: When you give a so-called “friend” a second look and voila…
Which face of love fits your favorite characters? What new faces would you add to the list?