11 Unforgettable YA Kissy Scenes

02/04/2014 1:10PM | Posted by: TeamEpicReads | Book Nerds Unite, Lists!, Now Quoting

11 Unforgettable Kiss Scenes in YA Lit via @EpicReads

There’s a lot we love about the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi—the poetic writing, the dynamic characters, the kissing, the dystopian setting, the kissing, the fast-paced action. Did we mention the kissing?

To help prepare you for the steamy release of Ignite Me, we’re breaking down the notorious scenes from Shatter Me and Unravel Me, plus some of our other favorite YA kisses.

Grab your fans because it’s about to get hot in here.


1. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

First, there was the shower scene with perfect Adam.

“And he’s kissing me. Once, twice, until I’ve had a taste and realize I’ll never have enough. He’s everywhere up my back and over my arms and suddenly he’s kissing me harder, deeper, with a fervent urgent need I’ve never known before.”



2. Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

And then there was Chapter 62 with perfect Warner. Between this chapter and the shower scene no wonder Juliette is so torn.

“I feel his lips against my shoulder, soft and scorching and tender, so gentle I could almost believe it’s the kiss of a breeze and not a boy.”



3. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Caution: kissing like this might make you forget a lot of things.

“He would kiss me, right now, after everything I’d done. I was poison, and Noah was the drug that would make me forget it.”



4. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

There’s more kissing later in Fangirl, but we love Cath and Levi’s first stolen kiss.

“Levi’s kisses were all taking. Like he was drawing something out of her with soft little jabs of his chin. She brought her fingers up to his hair, and she couldn’t open her eyes.”



5. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Why can’t all first kisses be like Aria and Perry’s?

“They molded together, fitted against one another with stunning perfection. Aria had never felt as she did now, exploring the taste of him. Feeling the strength of his arms around her. Inhaling sweat and leather and woodsmoke. His scents. She felt as though she’d found a moment of forever. Like this was how they should’ve always been.”



6. The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson

You may think kissing in a sewer would be unappealing, but you’d be wrong.

“Suddenly, he yanks me against him and bends his head to kiss me. I melt into him as his fingers tangle in my wet hair. My mouth opens to his, and our tongues meet for the briefest instance before he pulls away.”



7. Divergent by Veronica Roth

Sometimes it’s the moment right before the kiss…

“Are you asking me to undress, Tris?”

That makes the kissing even better.

We kiss again, and this time, it feels familiar. I know exactly how we fit together, his arm around my waist, my hands on his chest, the pressure of his lips on mine. We have each other memorized.”



8. The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth

Sometimes perfect doesn’t even begin to cover it.

“I turned around and found her face, and her mouth was already waiting like a question. I’m not gonna make it out to be something that it wasn’t: It was perfect—Coley’s soft lips against the bite of the liquor and sugary Coke still on our tongues. She did more than just not stop me. She kissed me back.”



9. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

The kiss that was seven books in the making. Was it worth the wait? Yes, yes it was.

“There was a clatter as the basilisk fangs cascaded out of Hermione’s arms. Running at Ron, she flung them around his neck and kissed him full on the mouth. Ron threw away the fangs and broomstick he was holding and responded with such enthusiasm that he lifted Hermione off her feet.”



10. The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

Things really heat up between Caymen and Xander in the kitchen.

“He takes me by the waist and lifts me onto the counter. I wrap my legs and arms around him and press my lips to his.”



11. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Sometimes the second kiss is better than the first.

“I took him by the shoulders. I looked at him. And he looked at me. ‘You said I wasn’t scared of anything. That’s not true. That’s what I’m afraid of. I’m afraid of you, Dante.” I took a deep breath.
     ‘Try it again,’ I said. ‘Kiss me.’
     ‘No,’ he said.
     ‘Kiss me.’
     ‘No.’ And then he smiled. ‘You kiss me.’
I placed my hand on the back of his neck. I pulled him toward me. And I kissed him. I kissed him. And I kissed him. And I kissed him. And he kept kissing me back.”



What YA kisses would you add to this list?

User Comments 34 comments

  1. February 4, 2014 | 4:13 pm

    Yes, so much yes! But I have to add one… the scene from the bookstore closet in Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood. I mean, there are feathers! And NOT like in Breaking Dawn.

  2. February 4, 2014 | 4:25 pm

    For me it was that kitchen kiss between Patch and Nora in Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick. My ears got hot reading that one.

  3. February 4, 2014 | 4:40 pm

    Okay, this list cannot be complete without mentioning:

    1. Jace and Clary in the Mortal Instruments series. Erm…up against a wall, torn stockings – need I say more?

    2. Daemon and Katy in the Lux series. I only have two words for you…laptop scene.

    3. Vampire Academy…Dimitri and Rose…charm necklace…nuff said. ;-p

    • February 11, 2014 | 9:24 am

      #2. that scene was awesome:p

    • June 8, 2014 | 1:19 am

      Yes omg! Jace and Clary!! Especially the versions of those scenes written in Jace’s POV

  4. February 4, 2014 | 4:51 pm

    Lets see…. patch and nora were amazing from the Hush Hush series.
    Juliet and Montgomery from The Madmans Daughter
    Jace and clary from The Mortal Instruments. there are too many times to count the number of feels
    Tessa and Will from the Infernal Devices

  5. February 4, 2014 | 8:54 pm

    Percy Jackson & Annabeth Chase – Percy Jackson and the Olympians-

    “Its was the best Underwater Kiss Ever!”
    Not being able to remember your Name afterwards- I think should count as an unforgettable kiss.

    Anna & Kaidan- Sweet Evil Trilogy – Hotel scene and at Kaidan’s apartment -talk about some fan yourself moments

    Gweneth & Gideon- Ruby Red Trilogy- Passionate kiss in the Confession Box **Naughty Naughty**

    Will & Tessa- Infernal Devices- Clockwork Princess made me blush you know what I’m talking about!

    Jace & Clary- enough said above!

    • February 5, 2014 | 5:16 am

      Someone else who has actually read the sweet trilogy. YAY. I can’t find anyone else who had read it.

    • February 21, 2014 | 5:32 am

      Anna & Kai – seriously just wait till you read Sweet Reckoning…it blows EVERYTHING out of the water. Lol

  6. February 4, 2014 | 10:36 pm

    well, chapter 62 of unravel me sums everything up..

    but my close second would be Richard and Jacky in Mississippi Jack by LA.Meyer.

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  8. February 5, 2014 | 10:54 am

    Well, until yesterday I would have said chapter 62 from Unravel Me… AFTER yesterday

    Chapter 55 from Ignite Me – Warner and Juliette. It’s so perfect he can’t even believe its happening…in real life!

    Also: Hazel and Agustus!! Why have they not been mentioned? In the Anne Frank house? *Swoon buckets*

  9. February 5, 2014 | 9:30 pm

    Adrian and Sydney in the Golden Lilly

  10. February 6, 2014 | 2:43 am

    Yay!!! Ron & Hermoine!!!

    <3 Harry Potter

  11. February 6, 2014 | 10:16 pm

    I’d add Patch and Nora’s kitchen kiss in Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

  12. February 8, 2014 | 11:35 pm

    I also think that you have to include the awesome hot closet kiss between Anna and Kopano in The Sweet Trilogy. I am hands down team Kaidan but I give this one to Kopano.

  13. February 9, 2014 | 4:13 pm

    What about America and Maxon in the Elite?

    • February 13, 2014 | 11:22 pm

      IKR? Why that one not in there? (insulted huff)

  14. February 15, 2014 | 1:43 am

    ahem simon and isabelle. when he drank her blood omg

  15. February 15, 2014 | 3:33 pm

    Emma and Galen from Of Poseidon!!
    And of course Clary and Jace. :D

  16. February 18, 2014 | 5:34 am

    The kiss scen between Ana and Sam from “Ana Incarnate” series by Jodi Meadows!!! That’s worth too!

  17. February 21, 2014 | 6:08 am

    Daemon & Katy – Every kiss scene
    (Actually to be honest … Every kissing scene Jennifer Armentrout writes..like ever. )

    Anna & Kaiden – Sweet Reckoning? Holy bejeezus

    Logan & Gwen (Frost Academy) – I want a spartan ! Lol

    Nyx & Ignifex (Cruel Beauty) – Sometimes kissing the bad boy is just so damn hot “He took possesion of my mouth and I took possesion of his” *swoon*

    The Arcana Chronicles :
    Evie & Jack – “groans broke from his lungs, moans from my lips…fire between us stoked an inferno…he kissed me like he wanted to brand me”
    Evie & Aric – “Then his lips were on mine, scalding in the rain…his tongue swept in, demanding more, more…his kiss was perfection”

    I could go on for days lol

  18. March 1, 2014 | 1:07 am

    percy and annabeth from percy jackson! clearly. also, leo and calypso from the house of hades.

    holly and artemis from artemis fowl, as well.

    also, magnus and alec’s kiss from city of glass was pretty epic.

  19. March 3, 2014 | 11:44 pm

    Rose and Dimitri from Shadow Kiss the CABIN

    Lissa and Christian from Frostbite

    Stung Fiona and Duncan

    Sloane and James The Program

  20. May 1, 2014 | 10:02 pm


  21. May 4, 2014 | 5:59 am

    Ignite me. Juliette and Warner at his office.

  22. May 24, 2014 | 10:01 am

    Any books that are like the Shatter Me series??
    Ex. Dystopian, girl falls in love with villian?

  23. June 3, 2014 | 4:01 pm

    Violet and Jay , their 1st & 2nd kiss – The Body Finder

    Evie and Jack’s first kiss – Poison Princess from the Arcana Chronicles

  24. July 14, 2014 | 9:10 pm

    Alec and Magnus in City of Glass, and Jem and Tessa in Clockwork Prince.

  25. July 15, 2014 | 5:50 am

    So was the mortal instruments and hush hush by becca Fitzpatrick not on here because they are on a different publishing company or what because it makes no sense. Considering the selection and sweet evil is a harper teen its insane that they aren’t put on her

    • July 15, 2014 | 5:50 am


  26. January 18, 2015 | 7:00 pm

    Cammie and Zach’s first kiss in Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy.

    Frank and Hazel’s first kiss in The Son of Neptune.

    Max and Fang’s first kiss in Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports.

    Percy and Annabeth’s kiss in The Mark of Athena.

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