Love at first sight, fated to be together, the most perfectly perfect couple that ever perfected. You know what I'm talking about: soul mates in YA fiction. Either they are done right or they are done horribly wrong. This sort of connection and relationship within a novel can either make or break it for the readers. I know, personally, soul mates are a tough sell for me. I try to stay away from books that even have the words "soul mates" or "meant to be" in the blurb because, well, it too often comes off cheesy and shallow.
I honestly can't even think of a book right now that does the whole soulmate thing in a way that isn't totally annoying. When two characters are already supposedly meant for each other, there tends to not be a lot of chemistry between them, as backwards as that sounds. It's like they don't get a choice as to who they're supposed to be with so they don't try hard to get to know each other. And that's just when they decide to go along with fate and not try to fight it.
However, most of the time when two characters are told they are destined to be together, they decide to fight it. The book that comes to mind when I think of soul mates trying to be apart is Fallen by Lauren Kate. Honestly, I only read the first book in this series and half of the second. I just could not stand the relationship between the two main characters, Luce and Daniel. Like, I don't understand how Luce even found Daniel slightly appealing. Especially after their first interaction when he just flipped her the bird without ever having met her (to her knowledge). Is that attractive?
I know there are books out there that do the whole "soul mates" thing right. It's definitely an interesting concept. It's just been done so many times that it's hard to make it original and add something new. And it almost feels like lazy writing. When an author sticks to characters together with the thought that they're already going to be together no matter what happens, it seems like a cope out.
What do you guys think about soul mates in YA novels? What books have your read recently with this type of storyline?