Is there anything better than a “friends-to-more” romance?
No. No, there is not.
I love when it happens in real life, love watching movies and reading books about it (13 Going on 30! When Harry Met Sally! Friends with Benefits!), and I especially love writing about it. My latest YA romance, Tied Up In You, features two long-time best friends, Jackson and Malina, who turn into more when he “accidentally” kisses her.
So what’s so great about the friends-to-more trope?
The couple already has history. They know each other’s favorite songs and how they order their pizza. They’ve made each other laugh and wiped each other’s tears. In Tied Up In You, Malina knows Jackson eats his ice cream fast enough to get a brain freeze 100% of the time, and Jackson can speak enough of the Hawaiian language to keep up with Malina’s family. Taking that kind of history and turning it into chemistry? The best!
The payoff when the couple gets together is huge! In most friends-to-more stories, everyone knows that the couple belongs together. Their friends. Their families. The reader. Everyone except the couple themselves. That makes me pull for the couple even more! That moment when they finally realize what everyone else knows makes me happy on a heart-eye-emoji level!
The hope for happily ever after is high. My best friend and one of her friends started dating in high school after being in the same group since middle school. They made it through a long-distance relationship in college, got married, and are still together ten years and two kids later! I like to think that their relationship is so strong because it had a foundation in friendship. In the fictional world, I like to think that even though Jackson and Malina have a lot of challenges in front of them, their happily ever after will last, too!
If you have any more friends-to-more stories or book/movie recommendations, please send them my way! And I hope you enjoy Jackson and Malina’s story in Tied Up In You!
ERIN FLETCHER is a young adult author from North Carolina. She is a morning person who does most of her writing before sunrise, while drinking excessive quantities of coffee. She believes flip-flops qualify as year-round footwear, and would spend every day at the beach if she could. She has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, which is almost never useful when writing books.