How To Flirt, According To YA Novels

Flirting occurs in many different ways in Young Adult novels, and the methodology to them is as diverse and unique as these novels themselves. These flirting techniques are in no particular order, and can be used be focusing on a single skill or combining a few to mix things up.

• Think of the person as nothing more than your friend. Except when he or she gets a girlfriend or boyfriend, because then you must become crazy jealous and angry in order to express your love.
     - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

• Stare at your love - literally never take your eyes off of him/her - in a way that makes the person think you want to devour them.
     - Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

• Be extremely mean as soon as you meet the love of your life, because after enough glaring and being rude, you two will inevitably fall in love.
     - Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier, The Wrath & The Dawn by Renée Ahdieh, and so many more

• Don't see anyone in real life. Instead, start up a chat with someone you don't know on a conspiracy theory site, meet up in virtual reality, and declare your love before you've even met your partner in the flesh.
     - Lois Lane: Fallout by Gwenda Bond

• Tell the person you're interested in that you think they're plain, so that they're desperate for your approval and love.
     - The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

• Push away the person you love most because you're not good for him/her and your love cannot make his/her own decisions. They may hate you at first, but eventually you'll be forgiven and, more importantly, you'll be a couple.
     - New Moon by Stephenie Meyer, Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare, and countless others

• Be super nice and sweet and get jealous - but not possessively jealous - and be yourself and a gentleman and genuinely care about the person you're pursuing.*
     - Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck

• Fall in love at first sight. Fate and destiny will take care of the rest (with a ton of bumps in the road, of course).
     - City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

• When the love of your life, who doesn't know that he/she is the love of your life, sees you for the first time, flip him/her the bird and then ignore him/her.
     - Fallen by Lauren Kate

• Even though you love the person you're with, go cheat on him/her with someone else. This is an essential step to winning the game of love.
     - Paper Princess by Erin Watt

• Constantly attempt to kill the person you're in love with in an attempt to keep him/her from knowing the truth: that you are in love with him/her. You'll eventually be found out, but those years of facing off against one another will reveal itself in consuming, requited love.
     - Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

• Be super jealous but pretend not to be super jealous. In fact, pretend you couldn't care less about the guy/gal at all.
     - Reawakened by Colleen Houck

• Pretend to date someone you're not interested in, and your fake attention, caresses, and kisses will soon develop into something real.
     - The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West, Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, etc.


*This is likely the only flirting method that will actually work.

Note: I actually love YA novels and the romances within them, but it's still amusing to poke fun at them since they can be very unrealistic at times.


  1. Seems pretty accurate - I'm glad that you marked the one that might actually work! :)

  2. Oh these are quite perfect. And I particularly like the Carry On method, honestly? I mean, what's more romantic than trying to kill the person you have a crush on? NO DOWNSIDE TRULY.

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