Alexa Martin’s Top 10 Fictional Crushes

In Girl Wonder, Charlotte has a major crush on Neil. She even joins the debate team to be around him, despite her fear of public speaking. Author Alexa Martin was kind of enough to share her own top fictional crushes, and she’s giving away a signed copy of Girl Wonder!

1. Gilbert Blythe, Anne of Green Gables

There’s not even kissing in the first two books, and yet I still get butterflies from the sexual tension between Gilbert and Anne. It’s a classic tale of he loves her/she hates him/they become best friends/he still loves her/she resists him because she’s an idiot/he appears to move on/a tragedy makes her finally grow up and realize her true feelings just in the nick of time. The movie version is really great too!

2. Laurie, Little Women

I was in sixth grade when I read this book. I was in the car on a family road trip when Jo turned down Laurie’s marriage proposal. And I literally screamed and threw the book into the way back of the car, a decision I quickly regretted as my father declined to pull over to let me retrieve it from the back. Thank God for Amy, is all I have to say.

3. Jeff, A Solitary Blue

A hurting boy with dark hair who plays the guitar? Abandoned by his mother? The perfect guy for a girl with a rescue complex!

4. Mr. Darcy, Pride and Predjudice

I know, I know, we all love Darcy. He’s certainly kept a lot of relationship therapists in business! Don’t we all secretly want to believe that the cold snobby boy who snubs us publicly is secretly in love with us?

5. Wes, The Truth About Forever

He’s not married yet, is he? Move over Macy. He’s MINE!

6. Marcus Flutie, Sloppy Firsts (and the rest of the series)

I completely empathized with Jessica Darling, with how hard it would be to overcome the fact that the boy you love has already slept with forty some odd girls. It only takes Jessica five books to realize that yes, for God’s sake, Marcus really does love her. Yay for STD tests. Forty girls. Sheesh.

7. Big Wig, Watership Down

Is it creepy to have a crush on a rabbit? That hair… that temper… oh Big Wig! You sent my fourth grade heart a flutter!

8. Edwin, How I Live Now

Who new a little cousinly incest could be so hot!

9. Phineas, A Separate Peace

He was handsome, rich, oh so competent… and betrayed by his jealous best friend. And he possessed a tremendous capacity to overlook and forgive. This book was the very first most devastating thing I ever read, and YA at its very finest. It was also a big inspiration for the envy-theme in Girl Wonder.

10. Jeff Bussey, Rifles for Watie

He was my first human fictional crush during a time when I really didn’t want to like boys. The other fifth grade class was more boy-crazy than my own fifth grade class, and I felt so threatened by the idea of “feelings” that I formed a club of girls that promised to never like boys. And then, secretly, I found myself falling for Jeff–a union soldier who falls for a confederate girl named Lucy–and then, little traitor that I was, when Jeff finally kisses Lucy, I imagined that I was her, and that he was kissing me! Here was my first experience with the agony, ecstasy, and guilt of forbidden love.

Want to crush on Martin’s new novel, Girl Wonder? You can win your very own signed copy! Just leave a comment to enter.

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6 Responses to "Alexa Martin’s Top 10 Fictional Crushes"

  • “It’s a classic tale of he loves her/she hates him/they become best friends/he still loves her/she resists him because she’s an idiot/he appears to move on/a tragedy makes her finally grow up and realize her true feelings just in the nick of time.”

    LOL yes. That classic tale.

    Seriously though, Gilbert Blythe is my boyfriend for life! 😉

    1 We Heart YA said this (May 12, 2011 at 8:47 AM)


  • Gilbert Blythe, mmm HMM.

    2 Tahleen said this (May 12, 2011 at 9:37 AM)


  • Wes and Marcus!!! Love them both! 🙂

    3 Jacinda @ The Reading Housewives said this (May 12, 2011 at 11:02 AM)


  • I love Wes, he is awesome! Of course most Dessen boys are amazing 🙂

    4 Aydrea said this (May 14, 2011 at 10:07 PM)


  • Thank you for linking this to me, Mel 🙂 I agree 110% with Marcus!!! Man I crushed so hard on that boy (still am actually). Please enter me for the giveaway, thanks!!

    5 Ginger @ GReads! said this (May 18, 2011 at 8:39 PM)


  • So obviously most of the good crushes are in the classics, I’m pretty bad about reading those. I think I should give them a try. =)

    6 cynthia said this (May 19, 2011 at 2:52 PM)


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