Book Crushes: A List of Swoon-Worthy Fictional Male Characters

Do you ever get butterflies while reading a book, wondering if only this character *actually* existed? Yeah, we do too! Here we're sharing a list of some fictional "book boyfriends" we love to admire (and swoon over). From the mysterious and witty Gus Everett from Beach Read to the thoughtful and selfless Sam from Holes, there are so many incredible male literary characters. We are forever grateful to know them in our minds and our hearts.❤️ Is your favorite on this list? Let us know in the comments!

7 Male Literary Characters We Love In Our Books & In Our Hearts

1. Adam Carlsen, The Love Hypothesis

“I wish you could see yourself the way I see you." Rudeness and arrogance quickly fade into the Adam Carlsen that got him on this list! Protective, sarcastic, and thoughtful, Adam prioritizes making Olive feel comfortable which is something we love to see in books AND real life. 

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2. Noah Calhoun, The Notebook

"If you're a bird, I'm a bird." Ah, how could we not put the free-spirited, hopeless romantic Noah from The Notebook on this list? Building Allie's dream house, writing her love letters even without getting a response, steadfastly knowing what he wants -- these are all things we couldn't resist falling in love with! 

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3. Gus Everett, Beach Read

"I want to be the one who gives you what you deserve." Mysterious and sensitive, witty and playful, Gus Everett has so many wonderful qualities wrapped up in one character. He writes, he reads, he asks thoughtful questions.. Beach Read sequel please? We need more Gus! 

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4. Peeta Mellark, The Hunger Games

"You love me. Real or not real?" Ah, Peeta! Who else would you want to be stuck in a cut-throat (literally) universe where everything can (and will) go wrong? He is kind, understanding, respectful, and completely devoted to the one he loves. #TeamPeeta

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5. Mr. Darcy, Pride & Prejudice 

"My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.” While Mr. Darcy may not be everyone's favorite, his honesty and sincerity make him an iconic character who was far ahead of his time, paving the way for so many incredible characters we now love to love.

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6. Harry Potter

"I’ll be in my bedroom, making no noise and pretending I’m not there." Love someone rebellious and sensitive? Clever and charming? Unique and unlike anyone else? Harry Potter is all of the above and so, so much more. 

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7. Sam, Holes

"I can fix that." Sam is one of the best characters of all time (IMO). His love of his donkey Mary Lou, unconditional selflessness, and kindness in spite of horrific circumstances make him an unforgettable and admirable character we can all learn from.

Read more: 16 Swoon-Worthy Quotes About Love in YA Books


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