Out of all countless YA tropes out there ((which are A LOT)), I had to say, my most HATED one is **love triangles.**
Now I’m not saying if I read a book and a love triangle magically appears, I would chuck the book out the window or set it aflame, it’s more like, I would roll my eyes and continue reading on.
I’ve SEEN love triangles done properly ((not very often, I must admit)) but most of the time, I feel like authors use it as an easy way to create some drama (read: jealousy) and spice things up between the main character and the endgame love interest.
Which just makes me wanna puke, sorry, nope, i’m done, i’ll just be packing my bags and exiting the stage to the right.
That being said, this list is not meant to trash these series in any form or manner, in fact I enjoyed some of these series very much, just sayin’.
Also, if you consider pointing out the occurrence of a “love triangle” as a spoiler, DO NOT CONTINUE, you’ve been WARNED.
So onto the list of Top 10 Worst Love Triangles (in no particular order). . .
- The Firebird Series by Claudia Gray
While the covers for this series were knockouts !! the love triangle was not. It lasted far tooooo long and added NOTHING to the plot. We all knew who the endgame would be because it reiterated NUMEROUS time throughout the series, so ?? why the love triangle ???
Please, just s t o p.
2. The Dark Elements Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Love triangles are not a new trope in Ms. Armentrout’s writing. Honestly, I find all of her characters to be over-the-top with their excessive hotness, perfect witty comebacks, and their special snowflake ability. I barely finished book 1 in this series and the love triangle oh-so-extra.
And the covers are so gross looking, i’m sorry.
3. The Delirium Series by Lauren Oliver
The love triangle in this series was just painful. While book 1 was amazing, in my humble opinion, book 2 and 3 seemed to focus more on the DAMNED love triangle than the plot and it was honestly a struggle to push through both books. I have noooo idea how I managed it.
4. Fallen Series by Lauren Kate
This series was one book too many. I’m sorry but honestly, I hated this series. There was barely any plot, the characters were so flat, and the love triangle was so bad and unnecessary I wanted to cry. How this series carried on for 5 books, I have zero clue as I stopped after completing book 1.
5. The Falling Kingdoms Series by Morgan Rhodes
This series works if you’re in it for the long run, if not, run while you can. The first two books of this series were TERRIBLE in my opinion. The characters were flat and the plot was so underdeveloped. Yes, I promise it gets better and by book 5, you’ll be so invested in the series you won’t be put the tears away. Just be warned, the so-called love triangle in the first books is not a love triangle, it’s a love-octogon. 🙃
6. The Selection Series by Kiera Cass
Ohhhhh my, here we go. I’m going to be blunt about it, the Selection series needs to STOP. It sounds like such a good idea but when you read it, you’ll just be trying to rid yourself of the cringe that is America Singer. This girl is so fricken indecisive it should be illegal. And with that indecisiveness comes the love-triangle. She can’t choose one guy, nope, she’s gotta hold onto both FOR LIKE 3 FRICKEN BOOKS. MAKE UP YOUR MIND DAMMIT. Ugh.
7. The 5th Wave Series by Rick Yancey
Okay, so the love triangle in this series isn’t soooo bad. It’s more like a shadow, one that’s always lurking in the background but can’t let you forget about its existence. Annoying but not hindering. It’s weird. Meh.
8. The Grisha Series by Leigh Bardugo
I had such high hopes going into this series and was TERRIBLY disappointed at what a crash and burn this one was. Not to mention the TOTALLY UNNECESSARY LOVE TRIANGLE THAT COMES UP FOR NO FRICKEN REASON!! It doesn’t even further the plot, it’s just dumb. Idk who thought that was a good idea.
9. The Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi
The love triangle to end all love triangles, thats what this one was. IT WAS SO BADLY DONE, oh my God, I wanted to cry myself to nonexistence. It was like, flip a switch, yes child, move on from this perfectly wonderful boy to this mysteriously alluring
and also pretty crappy boy. Don’t worry and don’t question it, he’s sooooo perfect and dreamy omg *swoon*! 🙃
10. Snow Like Ashes Series by Sara Raasch
Unlike the series mentioned above, this love triangle wasn’t puke-inducing, it was more under the category of totally unnecessary (like 99% of all love triangles). It’s not terrible, in fact, it’s one of the better ones, it was more the plot that threw me off this series, eh, didn’t do it for me.
There it issssss!!! My top 10 worst love triangles. Let me know which books you thought had the most cringe-inducing love triangles or if you agree or disagree with any of my picks!
Until the next post,