I just finished an ARC of UNSPOKEN by Sarah Rees Breenan (thanks NetGalley!) and was completely blown away. This is the first in a new series by Breenan, who wrote The Demon's Lexicon trilogy. This new series is classified as YA Gothic Romance and comes out this fall. Rather than paste the blurb here, visit Sarah's site or watch the trailer :
BTW, this genre is not normally my cup of tea. And yet I fell hard for this book. Why? One word: tension. The longing between Kami and Jasper is immediate, intense and constantly foiled. See, the two of them have been communicating their thoughts since they were born, years before they ever met. They're each other's best friend, albeit invisible, and both have put up with crazy reputations as a result. Then they meet, and everything changes. The ending had me literally yelling at the book like I did when Catching Fire or Delirium ended, in that delighted, frustrated oh-no-she-did-not-do-that-to-me way.
It made me go back over the slow romance in my own WIP. My MCs are total opposites (you met them here) and when things start to heat up, I can't bear for them to be mad at each other. I'm like their mom, always wanting them to be happy. WRONG! Instead of Cupid, I must play Devil's Advocate - getting them close, almost touching - before ripping them apart via misunderstanding/circumstances/other people. I've gotta shed my ooey-gooey center and be as ruthless as the Grim Reaper on a scythe-rampage.
So here's my dilemma - how much delay is too much? Is it ever permissible to end on a less-than-satisfying-romance note? This is one of my questions for Sarah (who has agreed to an interview!!! Squee! I'm such a fangirl...) but what do you guys think? What's your formula for creating that angst-filled teen romance? How much delay is too much? And, most importantly...
Is there room for an unhappy ending in YA if your MS is not part of a series?