I present to you Legally Blonde The Musical Book Tag
My OTP is and always will be Fire and Brigan from Fire by Kristen Cashore. They start off mistrusting each other, even somewhat hostile, because Fire’s beauty is a magical curse that can control the minds of other creatures. Brigan’s not even that handsome, plus he already has a kid with another woman. Fire’s also in a sexual relationship with another person. But despite this, when they are forced to work together, they come to trust, rely on, and eventually love one another, and it’s the most beautiful hate-to-love story I’ve ever read.
In YA you don’t really get very many break up scenes. It’s much more to do with getting a couple together than breaking one apart. But I do remember the break up scene in The Golden Lily (Bloodlines #2 by Richelle Mead), especially because at first Braydon and Sydney seemed like a really good match. Eventually it turned out Braydon wasn’t all that and I seem to recall the break up being quite nasty and personal, if I’m remembering it correctly. The only good thing about it was that it would free Sydney up to follow her heart to Adrian, whom everyone was shipping.
I’m immediately drawn to Hermione’s hard work with the Society for the Promotion of Elvish Welfare (SPEW) in the Harry Potter series. Hermione worked really hard to create and provide items of clothing and leaving them in the Gryffindor common room, which would free the indentured house elves, and even change the laws to protect house elves from enslavement and under representation, but she got no support from her best friends Harry or Ron, who insisted the house elves liked to work, and even the elves seemed to make it difficult by avoiding the Gryffindor common room. This lasts over several books, but it’s actually Hermione’s influence on Harry that leads him to be nicer to Kreacher, who in return tells Harry the story of Regulus Black’s visit to the horcrux cave, so without Hermione’s weird and dismissed campaign, that wouldn’t have happened.
In The Sound of Us by Julie Hammerle, Kiki goes to a music camp designed to select students for a scholarship to an opera singing program. But it turns out even though Kiki’s been working super hard at opera her entire life, her passion is actually modern music, which is forbidden at the camp. In the end Kiki has to make a decision between the opera career she has been working for her whole life, or the forbidden modern day jam sessions with the hot drummer boy.
The Hunger Games had a section dedicated to training before they were sent into the Games. This is where the odds were decided and Katniss shot a roasted pig with her arrow, making her the favourite to win the entire Games.
I recently read and enjoyed Ponte, Claw by Amber J Keyser. I wasn’t aware it was a QUILTBAG book: I was drawn to the ballerina and the girl turning into a bear. It was a pretty good book, though, and you should probably read it.
Mina from When Michael Met Mina by Randa Abdel-Fattah is an Afghanistan refugee, a ‘boat person’ now settled in Australia and attending a posh private school. Mina deals with a lot of prejudice over her skin colour and mode of arrival into Australia, and the fact she’s not born in Australia. She overcomes this prejudice when she meets Michael, whose parents are running an anti-boat-people campaign, and Michael comes to realise that love can overcome racism.