I voted for Harry Potter. (It wasn’t even a particularly tough choice for me.)
HP is the most important story for a generation of readers and is one of the central reasons that my career even exists, so it’s a bit silly even to be in the ring with it here at the end.
Of course, the whole idea of a poll of Internet voters deciding the best YA novel of all time is also a little silly. But I am nonetheless very honored to have TFIOS around at the end, and thankful to all those who’ve read and shared it the past 22 months.
The problem I’m faced with is that I can see being in a relationship with a person, falling in love with me and falling in love with them; being happy with someone. But when roads get bumpy and rough, I can’t see them fighting for me. I can’t see them chasing after me. Because there’s better and prettier, so why, when roads get tough, would someone want to fight to stay with me when there’s less damaged goods out there.