If YA Novels Happened In Real Life: Volume I
None of these below titles have dragons or magic, nor do they take place in space or after the fall of the United States as we currently know it. They are realistic fiction. But how realistic are they, really???
Don’t worry, you don’t need to wait too long for an answer to that burning question. I’m going to answer that (super scientifically and with a critical eye worthy of my bachelor’s degree, of course) right now.
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Lara Jean writes letters to all the boys she has ever had crushes on and keeps them addressed and stamped in a hatbox. Her younger sister Kitty mails said letters and… Hijinks! They ensue!
Realism (4 out of 10)
I can’t see a situation in which I would address and stamp letters I’m not planning to mail. That just seems like a lot of work (looking up someone’s home address? buying stamps? please.) And well, if I’m going to write letters I’m not planning to mail, I’d obviously want to stage the ultimate dramatic gesture and burn them in a fire. You know what definitely won’t accidentally end up on your crushes doorstep? Smoking piles of ash. Well, unless you put them there. But that’s a whole different thing.
However, To All the Boys does get some realism points because I can totally see a younger sibling finding all these letters, thinking to themselves what idiot addressed all these! and then mailing them just to stir up trouble. Side note: I’ve never been a younger sibling, but I think I’d be a great one.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
In this book you’ve probably never heard of, Augustus Waters says this to Hazel: “I’m in love with you, and I’m not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I’m in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we’ll ever have, and I am in love with you.”
Realism (0 out of 10)
Now, I love this quote. I love complicated, stylized, overdramatic ways of saying simple things (anyone who has read any of my posts knows that). And I’ve probably quoted the “not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things” more than once (about Pretty Little Liars, most likely), but all that aside, here are the 2 circumstances that could lead to this happening in real life:
1. Your date is quoting The Fault in Our Stars
2. Your date is John Green… quoting The Fault in Our Stars
Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
Reagan lives out all of our collective dreams and get to go on tour with her “Country Singer Superstar” best friend, Lilah (in my one-track mind, this is Taylor Swift). Reagan doesn’t have the greatest attitude all the time and can be a bit “difficult,” but she loves hanging out with her best friend, and still has time to fall for Lilah’s opening act, Matt Finch.
Realism (7 out of 10)
I genuinely believe that going on tour with Taylor Swift would be just like this. We’d go get ice cream together. I’d help her with her relationship drama. We’d have the BEST time. Minus points for the fact that everyone from Lorde to Karlie Kloss to Redheaded Abigail is already Taylor’s best friend, so I’m not entirely sure there’s room for me on this tour. But on the other hand, if she’s already friends with everyone, why NOT also me, right? Realistic.
Also, I did some research, and here’s an abridged list of some of the people who have opened (or will open) for Taylor Swift, in case you are curious about your prospects in this fantasy: Kellie Pickler, Justin Bieber, Hunter Hayes, Ed Sheeran, Florida Georgia Line, Austin Mahone, Neon Trees, The Vamps, Vance Joy, HAIM, Shawn Mendes, Ellie Goulding. TAKE YOUR PICK, SWOON READER. TAKE YOUR PICK.