I used to have this recurring nightmare when I was a kid where I was stuck in my parents garage and a dark lava-like substance was slowing moving toward me and I had to try to get away from it. The smaller door to my house would be blocked, but opposite from that door, the garage door itself was wide open and the “lava” moved reallyreallyreally slowly, so if I had just turned to the left and ran out of the giant garage door I would be safe, but I ALWAYS ended up running to the right, which would allow the lava to essentially back me into a corner. Picture me as this cat, if you will:
Obviously that dream traumatized me for life, and as a result, I’m constantly afraid of backing myself into corners (I’m also not the biggest fan of garages). But, hey, when the Swoon team asked for blog ideas, I immediately said “Sexiest Semicolons!” because who wouldn’t click on that, right? But last night, trying to think of examples of SEXY SEMICOLONS for the blog post I now had to deliver, I was beginning to feel a little bit like that cat up there. I mean really, sexy semicolons? I can’t even remember the last time I used a semicolon. What was I thinking?
So imagine my relief when I stumbled upon this Grammar Girl article wherein she basically describes semicolons as joining two independent clauses of equal rank. Because maybe I can’t write a post about semicolons, but I can definitely write a post about two sexy independent [characters] of equal rank! Ha! I should be a gymnast with that stretch! Aren’t you glad you weren’t one of my college professors?
So, without further ado, please see my list of favorite YA books that feature two protagonists, of equal rank, joined together by a novel! (or, as I am now calling them…. “SEMICOLONS”!)
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (The Nostalgia Semicolon)
There isn’t much I can say about #1 NYT bestseller Eleanor & Park that hasn’t been said already, and by people whose opinions you should definitely trust over mine, but this book will rip your heart out and leave you bleeding on the floor. I highly recommend it.
Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan (The Angsty Semicolon)
This one is almost real enough to feel awkward when I read it as an adult. It’s a bit like reading back my old xanga blog from 2003… ah, teenagers. These characters feel like people you know, or occasionally like your own angsty self! Read this book, then read everything else Rachel and David have ever written, both together and by themselves. Masters!
Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen (The Tween Semicolon)
This book is the most adorable tween-y romance you will ever read, and it focuses on that one aspect that is often ignored in book relationships… the importance of good timing!
and last but certainly our very own Meg and Linus by Hanna Nowinski! (The BFF Semicolon)
This book is different from the others in that the two characters are not each other’s love interest, but it’s definitely still a story about love, and we are so excited to bring in into the official semicolon canon! Semicolon books! It’s a thing!
So tell me in the comments, what is your favorite “semicolon”!? Are you ready to pull this rad lingo into the real world with me? Is this the dumbest post I’ve ever written? Possibly! Let me know!