Pucker up, book nerds! 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
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
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.
‘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.”
Which kiss made you swoon the most? What other kissy scenes would you add to this list? Tell us in the comments below!