Top Ten Star-Crossed Lovers

Today I’m linking up with The Broke and the Bookish for this year’s Top Ten Tuesday Valentines Day post. Today I’m going to lay out for you the star-crossed lovers that I’ve read about and remember. I’m going lazy today, though, and no book covers. Just a list, and maybe some explanation.


  1. Romeo & Juliet from Romeo & Juliet by Shakespeare. How can you have a list like this without these two characters? For never was a story of more teenage instalove than this of Juliet and her Romeo.
  2. Romiette & Julio from Romiette & Julio by Sharon Draper. I think this was the first updated Romeo & Juliet story I ever read, so it holds a soft spot in my heart.
  3. Eleanor & Park from Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. I enjoyed this story that absolutely broke my heart.
  4. Brittany Ellis & Alex Fuentes from Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles. My students tend to like these characters. I think it has something to do with them thinking that Alex is a cholo.
  5. Hazel & Augustus from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. From the ubiquity of this title, I don’t think I really need to explain.
  6. Celia & Marco from The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Every time I read this, I’m not sure whether or not Celia and Marco will make it out of the circus in one piece. I feel like Meg Ryan’s character in You’ve Got Mail when she’s talking about her readings of Pride & Prejudice.
  7. Karou & Akiva from Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. I rooted for these two throughout the three-book series. So many challenges they had to go up against. Thinking about them makes me want to listen to the series again.
  8. Marko & Alana from Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples. Their star-crossed nature is obvious from the beginning, but Saga is star-crossed lovers meets space opera. And it’s oh, so fantastic.

I’m going to stop at eight because I can’t think of any more off the top of my head that I really want to highlight.

What’s on your Top Ten list today? 


  1. I only know two of these and that is Romeo and Juliette and Karou and Akiva! Obviously R+J are the originals so much love for them! But I also loved the way that Laini Taylor did the star crossed lovers bit within her book! So heartbreaking!

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