Today, I have the lovely Megan O’Russell, author of The Tethering, an exciting new YA novel, on the blog. She’s talking about how young is too young to learn about eternal love. Take it away, Megan!
In every stage of our lives, what we expect from a relationship changes. And I don’t just mean the fun naughty bits where we move from holding hands to doing things that would make our mothers cringe. I mean the terms of our commitment. Where we expect our love story to end.
When we’re six, boyfriend means the boy who chases us on the playground. At ten, he’s the one who holds our hand. Fifteen is the boy we kiss. Twenty is the boy our mothers hate. Then there’s marriage and children. Financial partners. World traveling partners. Our expectations change as we grow. But when we’re writing YA and the circumstances are heightened, how much are the expectations of the relationship changed? When I was sixteen, I never thought about wanting to spend the rest of my life with the boy I kissed. And risking everything to be with him? I think not.
In The Tethering, Jacob Evans is sixteen, but he has known who he loves for years. She is his heart and his center. But the question I have to ask myself is how young is too young? When circumstances push people beyond the range of normal, into the realm where every choice, every moment may change everything forever, is it possible to find the person you will want forever at such a young age? I think in some ways, it is. Surviving the impossible makes us mature in the strangest ways. Is it implausible to think it would change how our hearts pick who we’re meant to be with?
I met my husband when I was eighteen. It is extraordinary to find your soul mate so young. But when we push our characters to the very edge of life and survival, perhaps the least we can give them is a steadfast heart.
About The Tethering
All sixteen-year-old Jacob Evans wants is to win the heart of Emilia Gray, but with order in the magical world crumbling, war threatening, and Emilia’s boyfriend living across the hall, he may never have the chance.
Jacob Evans loses everything he has ever known and is tossed into a world of magic. The Dragons, a group of rebel wizards, are threatening to expose the existence of magic to humans. Jacob is determined to find a way to fit into Emilia’s family, but as his powers grow, so does the danger. With the death toll mounting, Jacob is accused of acts of rebel terrorism and must fight to stay in a world he’s only just beginning to discover.
When Emilia’s life is threatened, Jacob must risk everything to save her. Does he have the power to rescue her in time? And what could their survival cost?