Literary crushes are inevitable when you read Young Adult literature. Michael Moscovitz, Jace Wayland, Four/Tobias, Tucker Avery… the list goes on and on. But somehow you never quite forget your first literary crush.
Mine came in the form of a special guest character in a Magna (not sure why it’s called this honestly) Sweet Valley Twins book, called The Magic Christmas.
The story is this: Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield receive these Harlequin dolls for Christmas from their grandparents, who explain they once belonged to their great-great aunt and great-great grandmother (who were, of course, twins). On both of the dolls there are pendants with riddles, the answer to them being “pairs.” Both girls figure this out at the same time and tada! the dolls come to life and begin walking through the house, eventually disappearing into a golden light. The girls follow, although separately, after the dolls and enter into a magical world.
Lemme just stop right here. First off… if you’re even remotely familiar with SVH or SVT, you know it’s supposed to be contemporary. Clearly this is not.
Anyway… their dolls end up being the missing Prince Adair and Prince Dorin of The Hidden Kingdom, both who have personalities similar to Jessica’s and Elizabeth’s, respectively. So of course snarky Adair is paired with goody-goody Elizabeth and fast-paced Jessica is paired with serious Dorin. Thus begins younger me’s first literary crush.
I never really liked Jessica… even as a kid reading Sweet Valley Kids I couldn’t stand her. She was just such a brat. I was so much more of an Elizabeth – smart, slightly nerdy, book-wormish… she and I were kindred spirits.
Dorin, from what I can remember, was pretty amazing – brave and serious, that quietly powerful kind of guy. But it was Adair I was more drawn to. He was a thorn in Elizabeth’s side and I remember loving their snarky banter, but he was also caring and really looked out for her, a real hero. To my young teenage self he was a major dreamboat.
I couldn’t remember both of the twin princes names, so I Googled them and came across this stunningly hilarious recap of the entire book. Check it out if you’re so inclined.