The Most Crushable Dudes in YA: Part 2

In October of 2012, I wrote part 1 of the Most Crushable Dudes in YA list. It’s a crowning achievement of mine, and I can only hope it’s mentioned (many, many years from now) in my obituary: “Ms. Winfrey was known for her groundbreaking HelloGiggles post, ‘The Top 10 Most Crushable Dudes in YA.’ She may be gone, but her (frankly, kind of creepy) love of fictional teenagers will live on.”

In the year since I wrote that post, a lot has changed. Namely, I’ve read a lot more books. In the comments of the original post, you guys pointed out many perfectly charming dudes that I left off of the list, so I tried my best to read as many of those books as I could. In the course of my research (that’s what I call reading), I’ve developed a whole new list of dreamboat YA leading males. Yes, that’s right, you’re finally getting the followup to The Top 10 Most Crushable Dudes in YA. This new list is in no particular order, because I’m only human and you can’t expect me to rank these. That’s basically Sophie’s Choice. I’ve never seen that movie, so I assume that it’s about trying to choose which fictional boy you like the best.

Just like last time, you are welcome and encouraged to disagree with me in the comments. Feel free to make suggestions, but don’t suggest Michael Moscovitz or Marcus Flutie, because duh, they’re on list #1.

Conrad from Jenny Han’s Summer series. Oh, Conrad. So dark. So mysterious. So moody. What’s not to like? When main character Belly finds herself deciding between the two Fisher brothers, she might feel torn, but I don’t. Even though Conrad isn’t always perfect, he’s still pretty great.

Dexter in This Lullaby. A ton of you guys mentioned Dexter in the comments of my last post, and now I know why. He’s in a band and he has a positive attitude. What more could you want?

Park from Eleanor & Park. Park is a total dreamboat, and not just because his dad is repeatedly described as looking like Tom Selleck (whatever, I like Tom Selleck…have you not seen Three Men and a Baby?). Park has great taste in music and books, he doesn’t fit into super-macho stereotypes and he loves Eleanor for who she is.

Jared from Unspoken. He has magical powers and he and Kami can communicate in their minds! He has the dark and moody thing down, but unlike some dark and moody YA dudes whose names might rhyme with Schmedward Schmullen, Jacob actually has a sense of humor.

Kent from Before I Fall. Kent was a relatively small part of Before I Fall, but that didn’t stop me from totally falling in love with him. He was just so ridiculously nice, even when people weren’t nice back to him. And I definitely have a soft spot for guys who are hopelessly in love with the same person forever.

Sutter Keely from The Spectacular Now. Sutter might have some serious (really serious) problems, but who wouldn’t want to hang around someone with his joie de vivre? But one warning: you should definitely watch the movie before reading the book, because the book’s significantly more depressing.

Xander from The Distance Between Us. I might just like Xander because he brought Caymen hot chocolate every morning, and a rich guy who constantly brings me hot beverages is something I’d really like to have in my life. But Xander’s funny and interesting even without the hot chocolate. Also he has a private jet, which definitely doesn’t hurt.

Joe from The Sky is Everywhere. Joe Fontaine…a perfect name for a perfect guy. He’s half-French, he’s musically talented and he’s just so nice. Seriously, if you haven’t read The Sky is Everywhere, do yourself a favor and pick it up now.

Adam from If I Stay and Where She Went. Poor, poor Adam. He goes through so much. First it’s the whole “girlfriend in a coma” thing, and then he spends the whole second book…well, I’m not going to give you any spoilers. Let’s just say Adam is traveling a rough road, but he’s clearly super in love with Mia and that’s what I love about him. Also, he’s a musician. Oh, and while we’re on this topic, who’s excited about the If I Stay movie? All of you? That’s what I thought.

Levi from Fangirl. Okay, okay, so I know I said that these weren’t in any particular order, but I lied. Levi is number one. Levi is always number one. First off, he’s nice. Moody guys are so overrated. Second off, he works at Starbucks, which means he can always keep you supplied with delicious drinks. Thirdly, just read the book. Seriously, Levi is perfect. I could read that Outsiders scene five million times and never get tired of it.

So what do you guys think? Who makes your list of the swooniest YA dudes? Let me know in the comments! And, as always, I love to hear your suggestions for books to feature in Young Adult Education. Leave a comment, email me at or find me on Twitter @KerryAnn.

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