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Mockingjay 13 District Blog Tour: District 5, Our Giveaway

Welcome to the fifth stop on the Mockingjay 13 District Blog Tour!

We are District 5, home to hungry fox-faced tributes who steal poisoned berries from star-crossed lovers and drunken tributes who get speared by fishnet-wearing hotties from District 4. We’re a very mysterious district. No one likes talking about us and our tributes are, at best, an illustration of Things Not To Do While In The Arena.

But enough about District 5. Let’s talk about another aspect of the books, one that’s become as contentious and exciting as the plot to overthrow the Capitol: the romance.

(Hey, we’re a romance blog. Don’t tell us you didn’t see this coming.)

From the very beginning, Katniss has been torn between two very viable love interests. Well, maybe “torn” isn’t the right word for it. Avoidant might be more accurate. But to be fair, she does have a lot on her plate. As the person responsible for humiliating the Capitol in front of millions of people, she might as well have a bull’s eye painted on her back. You can’t blame a girl for not wanting to think about romance when she has other things to worry about. Like staying alive.

Mockingjay CoverThankfully, us Hunger Games fan don’t have that same problem. So today at Dear Author, let’s take a look at all the potential romantic relationships for Katniss within the Hunger Games trilogy. From the likely to the impossible, from the believable to the completely out there, we’ve got it all covered.

Peeta Mellark
While their star-crossed lover routine within the arena may have been nothing more than an act for Katniss, we soon discover the same cannot said for her fellow Tribute. In love with Katniss ever since he first heard her sing when they were mere children, Peeta has proven time and time again that he would do anything for Katniss, even die for her. When Haymitch’s name was drawn for the 75th reaping, Peeta didn’t even hesitate to take his place. Now that’s dedication. From a romance novel perspective, Peeta’s the omega male — he’s helpful and pleasant and never quite as exciting as the alpha male. He gets brownie points for being the son of a baker, since Katniss will always have dinner if she hooks up with him.

Gale Hawthorne
The other of Katniss’s two most likely suitors, Gale and Katniss have been friends ever since both their fathers died tragically in the coal mines. One could even say they are best friends, and who doesn’t love a good friends to lovers story? Out of everyone, Gale probably knows Katniss best. They hunt illegally together. They look out for each other’s families. And let’s not forget, it’s a certain kiss between Katniss and Gale that kicks off the events of Catching Fire. Gale is definitely a snarly, mysterious bad boy hero. You know he’s been wounded in the past and is just waiting for the right woman to turn him around.

Haymitch Abernathy
What? The age difference is too great for this May/December romance? But who’s to say it couldn’t happen? The announcement that the tributes for the 75th games would be drawn from the existing pool of victors showed us they react exactly the same: panic and get ridiculously drunk. Even Peeta says they’re much too alike and who’s to say that shared experience couldn’t lead to something more? Plus, old guys have lots of experience… or something.

Madge Undersee
As the Mayor’s daughter, Madge has no doubt enjoyed a steady supply of strawberries sold to her family by Katniss’s illegal foraging. We don’t see much interaction in the books but it’s safe to assume Madge is the closest thing to a female friend Katniss has in District 12. And let’s not forget who gave Katniss that mockingjay pin which would become her emblem and the symbol of the rebellion. Hey, this could be another twist on friends to lovers!

Cinna

When we last saw Cinna, he was getting assaulted by Capitol thugs but until there’s a body, let’s assume the best case scenario and he’s still alive. Of all the residents of the Capitol, Cinna is the least flamboyant but Katniss wouldn’t be the Girl on Fire without his fantastic designs. Suffice it to say, Cinna was the one Capitol citizen who put Katniss most at ease and their relationship is the perfect example of quiet understanding and companionship. Not to mention that Katniss’s wedding dress would be FIERCE.

Finnick Odair
How could we possibly leave out the heartbreaker from District 4? From their first meeting before the parade to their uneasy alliance during the 75th games, their interactions have been anything but boring. (He gets the Dear Author vote due to the loincloth and trident.)

Johanna Mason
Surely there’s a reason Johanna manages to strip naked anytime Katniss is around?

So which team are you on?

And to celebrate the release of Mockingjay, the third and final book of the Hunger Games trilogy, we are giving away a unique, one of a kind messenger bag embroidered with the Mockingjay emblem.

Giveaway for the Mockingjay Tour

Cool, huh? To enter the drawing, leave a comment mentioning your favorite match for Katniss by August 18. Open to U.S. addresses only. (Sorry, international fans! These were the rules given to us.) Good luck and may the odds ever be in your favor.

(For more information about the Hunger Games trilogy, visit the official Facebook page, and don’t forget to visit Hey Lady, the next stop on the blog tour!)

Jia is an avid reader who loves fantasy and young adult novels. She's also currently dipping her toes in the new adult genre but remains unconvinced by the prevalent need for traumatic pasts. Her favorite authors are Michelle West and Jacqueline Carey. YA authors whose works she's enjoyed include Holly Black, Laini Taylor, Ally Carter, and Megan Miranda. Jia's on a neverending quest for novels with diverse casts and multicultural settings. Feel free to email her with recommendations at [email protected]!

1,117 Comments

  1. Julia
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:24:11

    I have to go with Peeta. There is no reason other than his name is Peeta and he works in a bread store. Peeta Bread. lol

  2. Angie
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:24:53

    I believe she will not be able to choose between the two men she holds most dear to her. She will flee from both, believeing her own family lost, and run to the orchard flields of her dear sweet Rue for solice. There she will discover Cinna is alive and has save the life of her sister. Why did he risk his life for Prim? For the deep love he holds in his heart for Katniss. She will never love him as much as she loves Peeta or Gale, but from their friendship her love will grow for saving her Prim. Afterall, isn’t that what the whole story is about, saving Prim.

  3. PiperGrey
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:25:00

    Peeta Meelark – they’ve been through so much together!!!

  4. Melissa Grant
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:25:59

    I have always been Team Gale. If not Gale then Cinna.

  5. Kathryn
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:26:17

    Team Peeta!

  6. lizzle dizzle
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:26:25

    Such a hard decision. I personally love the tension in the love triangle. Why can’t she have Peeta and Gale? I guess I’m pulling for Peeta, everyone loves Gale and he can find another girl.

  7. westonis
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:26:34

    I had never pondered Cinna being a love interest but now that I consider that as a viable option, I’m ALL FOR IT! I mean Cinna gave up the most out of all the others. He was the most talented of the Designers and would have had an amazing run in the Capitol. But he gave all that up so he could be beaten, captured and called a traitor to his nation. That guy’s got the most cred in my opinion.

  8. carolina
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:26:38

    I think katniss would be better with peeta because of all the times she said he makes her feel safe. And I feel gale and katniss have more of a brother/sister relationship.

  9. harrison spencer
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:26:46

    I think that gale is the best match for katniss because he hunts with her and he can take care of her well. if he can take whipping like he did for going outside the fence he can definitely take anything for katniss

  10. Melanie Walters
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:26:46

    Team Peeta =) Peeta and Katniss compliment eachother so well

  11. Matthew Goldsmith
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:26:55

    PEETA! There is no way he would have gone through the Arena twice just to fall short of Katniss’ hand

  12. A. E.
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:27:13

    Peeta is definetly the best for Katniss. Gale is too unsteady.

  13. Autumn
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:27:22

    TEAM PEETA!! Love him!!

  14. KT
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:27:33

    well katniss doesn’t want to get married because she doesnt want her kids to have to go through what she went through, so i think she will probably avoid it at all cost. BUT she is obviously in love with both Gale and Peeta and they would both be a good match for her but i guess i would choose Gale because i go for the bad boy type. And he always helps out her family.

  15. Madeline
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:27:40

    I dont know. I like Peeta and Gale. ummmm… if I had to pick i would choose Peeta but I think she should go with Gale :)

  16. Taylor
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:28:07

    Team Peeta! Katniss and Peeta share something that Gale could never touch because of what they experienced with each other durin The Games.

  17. Megan
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:28:19

    Peeta! It’s always been Peeta. Everything else is just a distraction.

  18. Debbie
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:29:05

    I’m on team Peeta. Sure, Gale was there from day one, but Peeta has grown with Katniss just by being in the arena. Peeta understands Katniss because they went through it together.

  19. Chloe
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:29:25

    I love Peeta, and I hope that he and Katniss end up together… Still, he might go and die and mess it all up.

  20. Alicia
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:29:38

    I’m totally team Peeta. I liked Gale in the Hunger Games, I mean, he was a pretty good brotherly figure to Katniss. But that’s it, I mean, I couldn’t even think anything romantic could happen between them. But Peeta… He was there in the 74th and 75th games, protecting her, willing to die for her.
    In Catching Fire, Gale can’t forgive Katniss until he finds out that she’s going back into the Arena again. Really?
    TEAM PEETA!

  21. Valette
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:29:59

    I think Peeta is best too. But I really hope ale get’s toghether with Mdage.

  22. Ardis Francoeur
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:30:33

    Katniss needs to choose herself! Just kidding. sort of. Katniss does have some issues to work out for herself, the number one issue being trust. We already know she trusts Gale, but he doesn’t have as big a role in the books at Peeta. As for Peeta, don’t you just get the feeling all this build up is leading us to a big tragedy? So maybe I do think Katniss ends up with herself- a stoic victor whose number one priority is her family.

  23. Lexi
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:30:45

    Katniss doesn’t want to have kids, so they will never have to experience any of what she went through, and doesn’t particularly want to fall in love. However, I believe that by saying the wrong thing to Gale one too many times she was expressing how much her subconsious loves Peeta.

    TEAM PEETA!

  24. Kat
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:30:52

    I ADORE Cinna, but I’m guess that’s not going to happen. Same feelings for Gale. I think that Katniss loves Gale the most at this point. However, I’m guessing that she’s going to end up with Peeta, unless he dies/is dead, because they have gone through so much together. They’ve bond in a way that no one will understand. But I’m willing to wait and see. As long as it’s well done, I will be happy.

  25. Sarah
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:31:09

    Totally Team Peeta. How can you not love someone who’s constantly willing to lay down his life for yours?

  26. Katie M
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:31:19

    I think Peeta is perfect for Katniss. He’s so sweet and genuinely loves her. I hope they end up together. :)

  27. Erika
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:31:45

    My favorite match for Katniss is herself. Honestly I love Peeta and Gale but I don’t think the best thing for her is either of them. She is a strong independent woman.

  28. Aliah
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:31:58

    Hmm, I tried posting this earlier, apparently it didn’t work. I like Peeta!

  29. K
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:32:05

    Peeta, I guess, but I’d rather she end up more independent too!

  30. J. P.
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:33:37

    I’m totally for Peeta! He’s so nice to Katniss!

  31. Lila
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:33:45

    Gale! My real hope is that katniss would pick Cinna but I’m a realist.

  32. dominic
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:34:15

    peeta because peeta has loved katniss ever since they sota meet. and for gale, most the time when best friends go out, it doesn’t work out (at least where i live IN VIRGINIA).

  33. Kaira
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:34:18

    I’m a sucker for peeta myself, but because he makes more of a smack to the face to the capitol and he and Katniss will lead the rebellion. *assuming he lives* :p

  34. Lesley
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:34:37

    So hard to choose! I would choose Cinna, myself, but I think that Gale is a better fit for Katniss. Peeta is too earnest and good for my taste.

  35. JenP
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:35:29

    Peeta! Can’t deny that connection.

  36. Nicole campbell
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:35:32

    I defintely love peeta the most!! Come on, he’s the boy with the bread!!!

  37. Laura
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:35:44

    Peeta. Katniss has changed so much since the beginning. If she were still the same person she was at the beginning of the books then I would say Gale, but with what she has been through…Peeta is it.

  38. Jessica
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:36:36

    I’ll have to pick Gale. There’s a very strong connection there, a history. I just have this awful feeling that Peeta is going to end up getting killed trying to keep Katniss alive-she’ll need someone she can trust to help pick up the pieces.

  39. Melinda
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:37:36

    I think Peeta is the one Katniss will end up choosing because of their shared experiences through the Hunger Games.

  40. Becca
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:38:26

    I’d have to say Peeta. He loves Katniss so much and even though she won’t admit it she loves him too. She’s risked her life on countless occasions for him and it’s him she shares the experience with..something no one else would understand. Sure she loves Gail but he had his chance to move their friendship somewhere else and he didn’t at least not until right before the reaping and even then his words could’ve meant something else. As soon as Peeta was drawn in the reaping he did everything he could to make Katniss love him and in all that she did fall for him. She’s scared to admit it because she says she never wants to marry but it she let herself open up she’d realize that nothing compares to the bond her and Peeta share after the games. If she let him in nothing would come between them.

  41. Dana A.
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:38:27

    Team Peeta! He really loves Katniss and would do anything for her.

  42. kristen j
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:39:11

    Team Peeta! :)

  43. Heather Scott
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:39:13

    Team Gale! He knows her and he has always been a consistant part of her life. Instead of always trying to protect and take care of her, he is her equal-he knows Katniss can take care of herself. Plus ruggedly handsome outdoorsmen? Yes please!

  44. Mimi
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:39:41

    Peeta for sure. He’s kindhearted and really loves Katniss.

    Besides, even though Gale loves Katniss, he waited too long to tell her, so it’s his fault he doesn’t have the girl :P

  45. Anna Ewing
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:39:42

    Peeta! he really does love katniss, he would do anything for her.

    and as for Joanna, yeah definally something going on there!

  46. Leah
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:39:57

    Peeta! I love him, and his love for Katniss is clear from the beginning (even if Katniss is blind to it). Gale’s great, but I don’t want him and Katniss to be together. I think they’re just too much alike for that to work. Peeta and Katniss balance each other though.

  47. Janine
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:40:20

    I would definitely choose Gale over Peeta any day. The fact that he knows Katniss makes them a match in heaven. However, realistically I think that Katniss will choose Peeta in the book :(

  48. Laura V.
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:40:46

    Gale is perfect for Katniss. He’s strong, can provide for her, and will never let her down. Peeta, however is weak and reliant on her and who wants someone like that? However, I think that Gale is going to die sacrificing himself for Peeta or something and she’s going to end up with Peeta. :( but I’m rooting for Gale!

  49. angel
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:41:51

    i cringe to think this could turn into an Edward vs Jacob thing since Ms. Collins is actually a great writer… that said, i was initially in Gale’s corner, but after re-reading HG & CF this weekend, i think it’s clear Peeta needs to be the new leader of Panem, and his first lady has to be the symbol of the revolution.

  50. Jessie
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:41:55

    Team Peeta all the way!

  51. Carolyn Reed
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:42:08

    I think Katniss will end up alone. She seems to have feelings for Peeta, even if they’re deep rooted. Gale is more like family. However, these books like to make us think. A happy ever after ending would not provoke thinking.

  52. Gretchen
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:42:12

    Team Gale, for sure. I’ll tell you why…
    First of all, Katniss doesn’t love Peeta the way he loves her. She only acted like it because it would save her life. Yes, after a while she did start liking him for real, but it was never what he felt for her.
    Second, she even says herself she’s not good enough for him, and I agree. She doesn’t deserve him, though he’d take her anyway. But, I think Peeta needs a better girl.
    Third, yeah, he’s saved her life, but so has Gale, if not more. Katniss has saved Peeta’s life, more than he has her life.
    Which is where we come to Gale.
    Gale and Katniss have practically know each other their whole lives. They’ve worked together to keep each other, and their families alive. They’ve never had time to think of romance, because they’ve too worried about dieing. If Katniss ever decided to have a relationship and a rebellion, I think she should go with Gale. He’s stronger, and has a mind for it. Yeah, Peeta can talk, but, what are words without action?
    Last of all, and I think a lot of people over look this, but, Peeta’s and Katniss’ relationship is Capitol made, and Gale makes that obvious in Catching Fire. How can Katniss run a rebellion when she’s holding hands with the Capitol’s golden boy?
    Very last of all, Katniss already picked the one she wanted. She picked Gale. Right after he was whipped, you can go look it up. So, maybe, I’m just on the winning team, but I’ve always like Gale more. Heck, I would pick Gale. :P That’s my logic. And I’m sticking to it. As for the other “possibilities”, I don’t think so. Cinna and Finnick are much too old, and Haymitch? No, not a chance. And as for Madge and Joanna……..no…sorry…

  53. J.T. Simonton
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:42:26

    Katniss &:

    Peeta: Give and Take, mostly take on Kat’s part, but there is a sense that the feelings are growing (slowly) inside Katniss. But But I have to think that there is a chance that the twist will come when Peeta is found to be an Avox…

    Gale: Mutually reliant and of course the most efficient relationship. But something tells me Gale will be the one to take the bullet for the girl.

    As for Haymitch, Cinna, Finnick, Madge and Johanna…

    Haymitch & Finnick won’t make it though the rebellion, both will die honorably in battle.

    Cinna is more likely than not dead at the request of President Snow.

    Although there is a slight chance that Madge and her family were able to escape the destruction of Dist. 12, the idea of a romance with Katniss doesn’t fair so well.

    While Johanna would be every male readers fantasy…its just not in the cards, lol.

    And so in conclusion, my unpopular answer is that Katniss will end up just exactly as she had always intended from the beginning…ALONE! Even though we all know that the Capitol will fall into the hands of the rebels, the damage will have been done.

    In loving memory of Rue…

  54. LisaH
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:42:56

    Peeta! He’d be even better if he had a trident, too.

  55. Lana
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:43:08

    Does she HAVE to pick one?
    I mean, she even says that she doesn’t want a husband because she doesn’t want her children to go through the reaping, etc.
    But in MY opinion if Katniss desperately HAS to have a partner I would definitely choose Peeta for her. He’s so charming and, like you said, would even die for Katniss. He seems he would make a good father(if they ever have children) and their children will Always have something in their bellies.
    This is my opinion. Honestly I think that Katniss shouldn’t choose any of them.
    (:

  56. Soly begazo
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:43:25

    Hey. This is a though question. I personally root for Peeta Mellark! But I Think with Collins we won’t get the romantic ending. Like in the her past books- the underland series- important characters were taken out. Either katniss ends up alone or the author leaves it blank for us to figure it out.

  57. valerie
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:43:35

    I would have to pick Peeta. He’s gentle and sweet, he does great in front of all of Panem and he loves Katniss. I feel that Gale wasn’t the boy he was before Katniss entered the games. So I choose Peeta Mellark

  58. Erica
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:43:53

    I would say Peeta. I love him – he kept me reading – though I do like Cinna an awesome a lot.

  59. Shannon
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:44:01

    TEAM PEETA!

  60. Chloe
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:44:26

    Team Finnick FTW xD

  61. Akif
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:44:35

    I accept your apology, but damn those rules :(

  62. Alyssa
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:45:20

    I’m going to go with Peeta. I’ve been Team Peeta from the beginning, and I’m thinking I’ll stay Team Peeta til the end.

  63. Alexandra
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:45:39

    Oh,as much as Katniss does love Peeta, she is IN love with Gale. Should something terrible happen to Gale that he and Katniss won’t be able to be together, Katniss would be happy and secure with Peeta too. But let’s face it- Gale all the way.

  64. Emily
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:45:55

    I personally would love to see Katniss end up with Gale because he does know her well and although she brushed off her feeling for him at first, I think he’s the closest thing she’s ever found to true love. While Peeta does love her and would die for her, I don’t know that she’s ever going to feel that strongly back about him, but then again I wouldn’t be surprised if she accepts Peeta out of empathy if something should ever happen between her and Gale. She’s a complicated girl!

  65. Laura Renegar
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:46:40

    Team Peeta. Gale is the past. She is not the same Katniss she once was. Peeta would die for her.

  66. Mikaela
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:46:47

    I’m honestly torn between Gale and Peeta. Gale is Katniss’ first love, but Peeta is such a sweet guy, doing whatever needed to keep Katniss alive. Peeta is also very unselfish, so unselfish that it makes Katniss feel guilty for faking the love. Gale could be a danger to Katniss also. He wants to take down the Capitol so bad, he might just do something so reckless that it gets Katniss in a world of trouble. Peeta would think things through and makes sure they were doing the best thing possible. So I guess with that rundown I just gave, I would choose Peeta over Gale. =)

  67. AimeeS
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:47:03

    Wow, that is a hard pick. Peeta is so sweet but Gale is the rugged tough type that I would prefer. I think I will have to go with Gale, but I hope Peeta finds someone to make him happy too. Prim??

  68. Kristen
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:47:13

    While my head is leaning toward Team Katniss, my heart is screaming for her to end up with Peeta. He complements Katniss rather than reflecting her qualities like Gale. Of course, I have a feeling that the “You’ll never deserve him” line by Haymitch may be a little prophetic…

  69. liv
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:47:15

    hmmm its a stretch but Johanna DOES save her…They are both strong, independent women! whats not to like??

  70. Sam Duong
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:47:46

    I think Katniss should be with Gale because they’ve got so much background together, and they trust each other completely. Katniss and Peeta’s love just doesn’t seem as real as Gale and Katniss’s. It’s hard to see them [Katniss and Peeta] together seeing as Katniss had to work so hard at being in love with him during the games. With Gale, it just comes naturally. I think Peeta is just infatuated with Katniss. She’s been his schoolgirl crush ever since that time he gave her bread. He needs to find someone who really loves him.

  71. Samantha Hamilton
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:47:51

    I always wanted Katniss and Peeta to end up together. However, we see so much of Katniss and Peeta that it’s easy to forget that Gale is there. But I imagine Katniss won’t have to decide between the two, as I can certainly see one, or even both, of them dying to protect her in the last book.

  72. Michaela
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:48:39

    I think Katniss’s best choice would be Gale. The books have already showed signs that he likes her and Katniss knows that Gale is the only one who understands how she operates. Peeta is nice and would die for her, but I’m sure if something happened, that Gale would definitely die for Katniss. Finnick has Annie, he wouldn’t go for Katniss. Gale is the right choice.

  73. Aubrie
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:48:41

    I am so for Gale, Katniss has changed a lot and Gale needs to get up to speed with where she is now that she has seen his side! But Gale and she can make it work, they have before!

  74. Cassi
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:49:03

    interesting matches there. It would be hilarious if Haymitch and Katniss ended up together…
    But if any of them could happen, and had an equal chance of happening, my vote is for Cinna. It would be fantastic (and would mean that Cinna couldn’t die), because they are friends and you can tell he cares about her (just in what way?).
    On the two most likely gentlemen (Madge and Johanna seem seriously unlikely), I’m on neutral ground. I think that Peeta deserves Katniss, and that he has sacrificed the most to be with her, but I think that Katniss will choose Gale. Hasn’t she already, in Catching Fire?

  75. Traci Delano
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:49:41

    Team Peeta, of course! How can you say no to The Boy With The Bread?!

    They need each other, not just to sleep, but to keep the nightmares away during the day, too. They complement each other so well and they’re such a great team. Peeta is so utterly devoted to Katniss that it melts my heart… Team Peeta. No contest.

  76. Viviana B.
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:49:51

    For me, I would like her to be with Gale. He’s her best friend and they know everything about each other. Only problem is Peeta.
    Although I would like her to be with Gale, Peeta would probably be a little better since he knows what she has been through with the games.
    I’m still hoping for Gale.

  77. Tami
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:50:04

    I like Peeta.

  78. Todd
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:50:06

    I say gale because katniss loved him first

  79. Sam Crausman
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:50:19

    I think that Gale and Katniss should be together because Katniss doesn’t LOVE Peeta, she loves what he’s done for her. Plus, then Peeta would be available for me. :)
    Team Peeta ALL THE WAY!!!!

  80. Jeffrey Daniel
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:50:37

    I think Peeta is a good match for Katniss. Yeah, Katniss and Gale have a lot in common, but, opposites attract.

    Katniss came from a poor family with her father dying, Peeta came from a (somewhat) wealthy family with a caring father.

    I think the combination of hardcore and loving would be great for parents. (yeah, thats right. i want them to have babies)

  81. Claire Donovan
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:50:37

    I am definitely Team Peeta!! The REAL chemistry that showed up sometimes really showed that Katniss could fall in love with him. She tries to shy away from a relationship by claiming it was all an act, but I truly believe there were some moments where she was falling for Peeta. She fights so hard for him, and he fights even harder for her. I know I would choose Peeta – he is such a genuine, caring guy – so I hope Katniss does too :)

  82. Kim
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:51:00

    I’m going with Peeta. I married my shy guy. I hope she does too!

  83. Stacey
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:51:24

    It has to be Peeta. Gail, although he loves her very much, could never in a million years understand exactly what happens to her during the Games. She has changed from the girl he went hunting with as kids. She is just not the same person….

  84. Kevin Norman
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:52:11

    I want katniss to end up with Peeta! He loves her so much!

  85. Samantha
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:52:12

    Peeta! no contest here, I’ve always wanted Peeta and Katniss together from the beginning. Gale is nice and all but Peeta definitely has the advantage!

  86. Abby Rose B.
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:52:25

    Surly everybody knows that Katniss and Peeta are perfect “lovebirds”. But wouldn’t it be a great turn of events or jaw-dropping experience if the star-crossed lovers approach were to take a turn for the impossible? I mean, everybody is expecting Peeta or Gale, the next generation of Team Edward Cullen and Team Jacob Black that tears the world in half in debate. But what’s so wrong with taking a wild twist with decades of age differences or homosexuality? Nobody would ever expect something like that! It would be a real page turning, fan following, 5-star story! It would appeal to a whole new audience. And who knows what tricks Peeta has up his sleeve? Do you think he’s just doing this to survive? I mean, for all we know, he could just be doing this to make it come in handy for the future…. And Katniss! Maybe she’s going along with it to hide her real true love for Madge Undersee. Well, whatever you believe, I think that it will be a real firework-over-the-pacific-ocean-ending for The Hunger Games trilogy with the star-crossed lovers… “act?” turning in an unexpected direction. Go with Madge! The story could go in any direction…..

  87. Makayla Ferrari
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:53:11

    I think Katniss should be with Peeta. She was in the games with him so I think they both know how it is with their nightmares and all the attention. Gale has known her longer and maybe even better but he doesn’t know how she feels.

  88. Carol R
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:53:31

    I honestly hope that gale ends up with Katniss, because they make such a wonderful couple… lol. But I have to say that I totally love Finnick. Either way, I hope Katniss ends up happy :)

  89. Rachel
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:53:31

    I think it is a hard decision. Peeta is sweet and kind and good with words, but Gale understands her and has been beside her since both of their dads died in the coal mine explosion. Peeta, on the other hand, has liked her for year and gave her bread when she was just thinking about giving up on life. Gale and her just seem like brother and sister. I guess I’m going for Peeta.

  90. Amanda Wright
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:54:03

    Even though Gale has known Katniss longer, Peeta knows her heart and mind better. When she decides (in the 2nd book) to run away, Gale is ecstatic & wants to leave right away..and Peeta says he would go too, but he also says that he doesn’t think she really will because that would hurt more people in the long run, and he knows that she could never live with that. He may be the quiet one that gets along with everyone he meets, but he’s also steady, dependable, and has proved countless times that he’s willing to do whatever it takes to keep her alive and safe…even when it means risking his own heart in the process (knowing the engagement is forced for President Snow’s sake and that Katniss doesn’t feel the same).

  91. Courtney Milan
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:54:53

    I don’t usually enter these giveaways… but that messenger bag, zomg! I would be the coolest, EVER!

    My favorite match for Katniss: Peeta all the long-suffering way.

  92. Kim
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:55:03

    SO difficult! Peeta’s love knows no bounds…he’s loved Katniss all these years and has gone through the games with her But we just can’t count Gale out…too much history there. Can’t wait to see how it all plays out….

  93. Jenae Withey
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:55:18

    I would prefer Peeta because hey, the guy can bake. Besides, gale is too much of a friend for Katniss. I don’t think that she would be able to make the leap from friends to lovers.

  94. Rebecca
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:55:44

    Romance is all well and good and it keeps the emotional intrigue running in the books, but I don’t want her to just end up with one of the guys and be so cliche. I want Katniss to have lovers maybe, but wouldn’t it be cool for her to end up a true warrior type leader for the revolution? I really see some or all of them dieing for the cause anyway.

  95. Ira Owens
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:55:52

    It can only be Peeta, the kindness he showed her as a child and love he has for her now as a young man shows that his love for her now is an vulnerable, honest and unfailing.

  96. barb milton
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:56:50

    Team Peeta…He has a pure, selfless love for Katniss. However, I sense a foreboding in Mockingjay and I hope that we see Katniss survive.

  97. Melissa Pugh
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:57:06

    PEETA!!! How can Katniss deny a never-wavering love?

  98. Rachel
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:58:20

    Peeta and Katniss are definatley the best :) i mean, did you see how disraught she was in the end of catching fire when peeta wasn’t with her? exactly.

  99. Genny
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:59:32

    I have to say that I think Katniss will find love with Gale. While I would hope it would be with someone we have yet to meet, I think that Gale is the strongest candidate at this time. He has supported her through everything, he has given her the space she needed, and he has been there when it matters most.

  100. Ivan
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:00:17

    Sorry but I think she’ll end up alone in the end.Peeta will die a martyr for the rebellion, Gale will die protecting Katniss.The rest of the possible interests will be to busy with the battles to fall in love with Katniss. Cinna is possibly already dead after being captured. Finnick might turn on Katniss for some reason and she kills him. But if anyone survives to fall in love with her it might be Finnick or Gale and those are my top picks for her love.

  101. Catesby
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:00:42

    I think Peeta loves Katniss way too much for her to just forget about him. They shared SO many experiences. But, Gale and her have always had a thing. The question is whether Gale wants to turn that ‘thing’ into undying love, like Peeta.

  102. Ashley S
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:01:07

    My pick for Katniss is Gale. He is an excellent friend to her, and she loves him. She doesn’t love Peeta like she loves Gale. Just because Peeta loves Katniss doesn’t mean she should love him back. Everyone has had a crush and been rejected, so Peeta needs to suck it up, face rejection, and accept that Katniss loves Gale and he loves her back. No true friend will force them to love someone they don’t, so Peeta is clearly not a true friend. And therefore, Gale is the right choice for Katniss.

  103. Anna
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:01:08

    I like both Peeta and Gale. But in the end I would pick Peeta.

  104. Xeque
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:01:57

    I think Peeta is the best choice. Although I think it would only work if the pressure of the star-crossed lovers thing would end. And of course if something doesn’t happen to Peeta in Mockingjay.

    Peeta is totally selfless and just really wishes for her to be happy no matter what her choice. I think Gale would be a good choice but I don’t like how he can’t just be there for her when she needs it most. Even though he does have reason to be angry with her. Gale is great, but certain qualities about him just make me think he’s no good in the long run.

  105. mindy
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:02:12

    Peeta!!! theres a connection between Katniss and Peeta that Gale cant touch, Gale I see as a brother to Katniss?

  106. Betsy
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:02:29

    I am for Katniss to end up with Peeta. It is slightly unfair to make readers chose at this point though. Gale has been only slightly represented in the first two novels.
    I feel that Gale and Madge should make a connection. This will help Gale move past his feelings for Katniss. Of course that would be if I were writing the book. I am sure Suzanne Collins has an awesome conclusion that will keep us guessing until the end!
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  107. Casby
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:02:44

    @Ivan: that is very true. But, do you really think Finnick will love her? i just thought of them as friends

  108. Sandy
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:02:47

    Definitely Peeta! They’ve gone through two games together… and strife changes people permanently. He has sacrificed so much more for her, and in the end Katniss goes to pieces because Peeta isn’t with her.

  109. Taryin
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:03:23

    Although I see either Peeta or Gale dying in Mockingjay (or quite possibly both) I think Katniss wouldn’t really think of going after either of them due to the drama concerning the Capitol and the rebellion.

    With Peeta captured I think her and Gale might have a sort of hurt/comfort relationship in the beginning but nothing really serious since Katniss will have the rebellion to think about.

    Katniss isn’t the type that really needs protecting and although they’ve been friends since childhood I don’t believe she should end up with Gale. I’m all for Peeta myself, he’s like the yin to her yang, they simply balance each other out. If he does end up surviving, I’d say Peeta Mellark all the way.

  110. Kate
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:04:36

    Definitely Peeta. Just for the fact that Katniss admitted that she loves him, and she wanted him to come out of the arena alive because she thought he would handle her dying better than she would handle him dying. Therefore she loves him and not Gale(He’s the jealous type).

  111. Tonya Yingst
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:05:41

    I vote for Peeta. He has gone through so much with Katniss and sacraficed so much for her.

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  113. Kelly C
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:06:24

    Hoping for Katniss to truly fall for Peeta! I couldn’t help falling for him. It was so obvious how much he cared for her. I wouldn’t be terribly disappointed if her relationship with Gale blooms into more though.

  114. Lisbeth Trigueros
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:07:15

    I’m all for team peeta, but it might just end up being team katniss in the end so I’m not to sure.

  115. Landon
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:07:26

    I think Gale. Katniss has known him for so long, and Peeta might end up a martyr for the cause anyway.

  116. Katy
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:08:00

    Peeta and Gale are the canon guys, but what I think we (or just I) need is for Ms. Collins to mix it up a little. Though the age difference between Katniss and Haymitch is too great (*cough*pedophile*cough*) and I doubt Katniss is a lesbian, I am of fan of the Cinna and Finnick pairings. Though Finnick has Annie, if she and Katniss’ boys are offed, then then Katniss and Finnick can pair up because they understand each others grief. The relationship between Katniss and Cinna has always been light and easy, and they both enjoy being around each other (though I do wonder if he’s to old for her; I stop at a fourteen-year difference). Though Katniss may get tired of Finnick’s exuberance after a while, her and Cinna would still probably be together for a while, even though he’s more of an older brother figure towards Katniss. (I will add that Gale and Peeta are both great, as well. I’m more of a Gale fan between the two, though.)

  117. Orr
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:08:07

    I think Katniss would go to Gale since they known each other longer.

  118. Lynn
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:08:41

    Team Peeta.

  119. Megan Merkel
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:09:15

    I vote for Peeta! He has done so much for her, and they have been throughh sooo much. i know she has know Gale longer, but Peeta and Katniss have something special, like always saving eachothers lives.

  120. Katelyn
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:09:30

    @Katelyn Horne: Woops I accidentally posted twice. When I tried earlier, it told me that it failed, but I guess it didn’t really because I found my other comment. Sorry! I don’t know how to delete this one!

  121. Jessica
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:09:44

    Peeta! They take away the bad dreams and heal one another.

  122. Amy Checkley
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:09:54

    Peeta and Katniss redeem each other. They would die for each other, despite Katniss’ reasons for her belief that she is doing everything possible to keep Peeta alive. (As it ends up, Peeta is keeping Katniss alive) They are fire and ice, hot and cold. The mercury and sulfur, if you will. Where there is this kind of chemistry, things can’t help but get steamy.

  123. MaudeQ
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:10:02

    Certain other authors for teens could take a cue from this great love triangle. Just when I think I’m sure about her picking one, I decide the other would be better. But ultimately I’d have to go with Peeta.

  124. Alec
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:10:12

    Lol @ Joanna.
    And I would have to say she ends up with Gale. Seeing as the book left off with Peeta being captured, meh, maybe he dies? Leaving Gale as the most likely choice. Lol~ But I would rather hope Peeta survives. ;o~

  125. Lara
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:10:41

    I’m definitely Team Peeta, although I have a feeling he’s going to die in Mockingjay. If that’s the case Finnick would be my second choice.

  126. Grace Hughes
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:10:42

    I believe Peeta is best for Katniss. There is just something about them and how they click, without the pressure of the Hunger Games or the Capitol or even Haymitch. They just seem to work very well together.

  127. bahamia
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:10:54

    I am firmly in the Peeta camp. He took a beating from his mother to give Katniss bread when she was starving. I love him because he uses his head instead of his might to solve problems. Katniss doesn’t need a alpha male to save her because she can save herself. I so love these books!

  128. Kristina Hayhurst
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:11:30

    At the beginning of the series I thought thats Katniss should end up with Peeta, because he was so nice, generous, and considerate. But then when I got to the next book when Katniss and Gale kissed I really started to think about it. If Katniss and Gale had been friends forever and they know so much about each other and would be perfect for each other. But then, later in the second book when Peeta and Katniss kiss on the beach and it felt like the first time for Katniss I rethought the whole thing again. So now I am still confused and cant wait to find out what the author does with this hole thing and I think i’ll be happy with whatever she chooses.

  129. Arakami
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:12:51

    Hmm….
    Peeta: I would say Peeta is the best choice for Katniss, regarding what others may think. He has been in love with her forever and probably loves her more then Gale does, and ever will. But, I have a feeling Peeta might die in Mockingjay, leaving her with Gale, or possibly the other way around… just a feeling…..
    Gale: Katniss’s (possibly) best friend, as you said in the blog he knows her best, and the kiss in the woods probably made her re-think everything….. and it is what creates the plot of Catching Fire, I think he too, would be a excellent match for Katniss, just not as good as Gale :)
    Haymitch: Okay, so, this one gives me the chills but is it not possible? Think Lolita! Okay, and push the age factor aside, pretend they are the same age…. it might be possible (Actually if he were the same age i would support HayKat) lol
    Madge: Okay, again there is a factor here probably keeping some ppl from liking this couple, the gender… okay pretend Madge is a boy (tee-hee) i wouldnt say there would be a big chance of them ending up together.. but maybe a small crush from either side… i think thats as far as it would go.
    Cinna: Umm, well, like Madge, maybe only a crush……. nothing else….. maybe holding hands in a friendly manner… but that would be like home plate in some reader’s eyes (Including me D:,) Nothing much really to say…..
    Finnick: Hehehehe….. I like them together.. even though i know its not happening and Finnick already has a love….. oh welll….. maybe a kiss, but that will probably be it…..
    Joanna: Umm….. pass….

    So overall my top three are (From least to greatest)
    1. Katniss and Haymitch (IF they were the same age… but not in his current age) OR Peeta :)

    2. Katniss and Gale.. of course!

    3. Katniss and Finnick… heheheee….

  130. Brittney Hallowell
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:12:58

    I’m definitely all for her ending up with Gale, but honestly, your mentioning of Cinna as a viable option got my wheels turning. That would be a really nice twist. Personally, I’ve been attached to Cinna and his un-Capital-like ways since we met him and have like him more and more at each appearing. Sooooo I’m for Gale or Cinna. Peeta is a sweet guy, but he’s not strong enough for Katniss.

  131. Kaylee
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:13:16

    Katniss + Gale all the way! No doubt Gale has her heart completely.

  132. Max
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:13:33

    I would so say Peeta

  133. Ronin
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:13:49

    I GOTTA go Peeta. I’ve been rooting for him since book one.

  134. krys
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:15:12

    I would have to go with Peeta since thats where Ms.Collins seems to be headed with the allusion to the feelings kissing Peeta brings up for Katniss. Although I think that in the end Katniss will end up alone and Peeta will be killed in Mookingjay.

  135. Reading Angel
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:15:38

    I think that Katniss is like that Slayer. All relationships are doomed and she will end up with neither boy!
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  136. Jia
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:16:43

    @Katelyn: Don’t worry. Took care of it. :)

  137. Alyssa
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:16:49

    Mmmm, that’s hard. For I love Peeta and Finnick almost equally. :D I suppose I think she should end up with Peeta!

  138. Samantha Gibbs
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:16:57

    I think Katniss should totally end up with Gale! They were MEANT for each other!!! He loves her, but I think that Gale is exactly like Peeta, but a tougher version!

  139. Donna
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:17:29

    Team Peeta all the way! He went through the games with her which gave them a special type of bond.

  140. Shannon
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:17:40

    I am Team Peeta all the way, he is a better fit for Katniss, Gale seems more of a brother type and protector for her, not a love interest. If he loves her as much as he says he should have shown it sooner not only after Peeta declared his love for Katniss.

  141. Brittaney
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:18:21

    @jmc: I really can’t say who Katniss will be with. Her and Gale have history together, a lot of it. They have grown close, hunted together, had each other’s backs. While Peeta is her perfect balance. I find myself rooting for both. Katniss is both of their first loves. It’s honestly a hard case to call.

  142. kal09139
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:19:02

    My favorite romance would be Katniss and Gale, though I wouldn’t be opposed to Katniss/Peeta or Katniss/Finnick.

  143. mandymarie96
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:19:40

    Katniss should definitely choose Gale!

  144. Abbey
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:19:50

    Team Peeta. All the way. I can relate to him and completely understand where he is coming from. ♥

  145. Summer
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:19:57

    I love the history between Katniss and Gale, but he tends toward being a hothead and letting pride and stubbornness get in the way of their relationship (she already does enough of that for the both of them). Peeta has loved her unconditionally, which makes him the best match for her, he is a better yin to her yang.

  146. Kristie G
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:20:02

    I’m so torn between Gale and Peeta! All of that aside, I would still looove to see Katniss and Peeta end up together! They’ve been through so much that only they can understand.

    Team Peeta!

  147. Katie
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:20:15

    Team Peeta all the way!!!!!

  148. Kathy
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:20:25

    Gale for sure….

  149. Carly
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:21:15

    Peeta! Peeta! Peeta!

  150. Lia
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:21:25

    I think Katniss ends up alone or at least not in a romantic relationship. I would several years down the road like to see her marry Finnick or Haymitch, but of everyone listed, I do love Peeta most and think that while Gale clearly cares very much for Katniss and is nice and sweet to her, he’s kind of an ass to everyone else.

  151. mila
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:22:24

    Crossing my fingers for Katniss/Peeta — although it would be heartbreaking to leave Gale alone ….

  152. Sarah
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:22:26

    Although I WANT her to end up with Gale, I don’t think she’s going to choose anybody.

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  153. Brooke
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:23:35

    GALE!!! :)

  154. Kayti Butts
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:23:42

    Team Peeta! I love Gale and think he’s great, but I think Peeta would do more for Katniss if it came down to who would be more willing to die for her. Gale is more worried about himself, Peeta is more worried about Katniss.

  155. Krymson
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:25:48

    My favorite match for is Peeta! He is totally loving and he fits her best. Gale is more lik a guyfriend.

  156. cook.jacqueline
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:26:54

    Katniss had better choose Peeta or I’ll be so upset after finishing Mockingjay!

  157. wyodecaff
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:27:08

    Team GALE!!

  158. kilwagg
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:27:18

    I love Gale and I think he and Katniss are soulmates, but I tend to think that deep down she really does love Peeta.

  159. Emory
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:27:29

    i think its gonna be gale but i dunno petta might be the one…. anyways my votes on gale

  160. kyleeb
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:27:46

    although i think she should be with peeta, i think she wont end up with either. i think both guys will die to help her and the cause or she’ll decide she has to have both of them in her life and she cares for both of them the same amount!

  161. Lindsey elvin
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:27:58

    Team Peeta!!! But I think one will die in Mockingjay… she may not have to choose.

  162. Shelby
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:28:10

    Personally, I hope Katniss ends up with Gale. They are perfect for, and know each other better than anyone else. Katniss loves Gale. During both her Hunger Games she was just trying not to think about him because the chances of her going home were not good. In Catching Fire, when the mockingjays are repeating the tortured voices, she hears Gale. I think that means something. Katniss likes spending time with both Gale and Peeta, but ultimately her heart is with Gale. Cinna is the only other likely person, but I think he is mostly a good friend, and she won’t want to lose that.

  163. Heather
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:28:21

    Totally Peeta,I mean who doesn’t love bread ;) How could you not love him, He has loved her since the begining and Gale only said he was interested when he thought that it was too late. Peeta has the boy next door thing going for him and you can’t have the Everdeens reject Peetas family for two generations in a row thats just sad Plus Peeta has made a point to look out for her against all odds which is not something Gale has done

  164. Britney Wyatt
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:28:45

    Wow… between Peeta and Gale it’s sooo hard. They would both be great I think. But lets go out on a limb and say wouldn’t it be fantastic if Cinna return and swept Katniss off her feet!

    Ok ok… that’s a stretch, but I just can’t choose between Peeta and Gale!

  165. Rebecca Martinez
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:29:03

    I am totally backing Peeta! I think he would be perfect for Katniss.

  166. Michelle P.
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:29:23

    None of the above? Maybe she loves both Peeta and Gale, but she’ll end up doing what mostly matters- leading the rebellion. Then whichever one survives, I suppose…
    She COULD end up alone. Yes, she won’t be immersed in love as all readers wish to happen but, really, sometimes unhappy endings in the subject of love are more amusing.

  167. Ruth Anne
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:29:47

    Team Gale! Gale and Katniss are perfect for each other :)

  168. Jasmin
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:29:47

    Peeta all the way! C’mon, the guy is super sweet and he has loved Katniss forever! There is no doubt in my mind that he would do whatever it took to make her happy. To me, Gale seems a little immature, stubborn, and temperamental. He’s just too……Alpha.

  169. Emory
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:30:01

    i think its gonna be gale but i dunno petta might be the one…. anyways my votes on gale i cant wait for the third book!!

  170. Audrey Smalldridge
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:30:52

    Well I think, because Katniss is probably going to have to save Peeta, she will most likely fall in love with him. Besides, Alot of the ‘love’ stuff in both books wasn’t just fake. I mean, there was only ONE kiss with Gale. But tons and tons with Peeta. And he would die for her. And besides, being with Gale would mean (since he is a bad-boy) that they would be more likely to get in trouble with the government! (not like they aren’t already, but….he’s less cautious.)And HE doesn’t have to hide from the government and most likely….travel to district 13!!!! :) I’m pretty sure thats gonna be in the next book. Anyhow…that’s my opinion and I’m NOT gonna do the twilightish thing and go ‘team’ Peeta, but I still say Peeta. Definitely. Her life may depend on that choice, too!!!

  171. Kristy
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:32:25

    Team Gale! He has truly known Katniss and had she not been drawn into the Hunger Games she would most likely have eventually realized her love for him.

  172. sdaniels.rosie
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:32:31

    When I was reading the books with my book club i was for Gale all the way but I can’t help but think how sweet it was that Peeta who had come across Katniss such a long time ago would still love her. I am torn between both of them because on the other side, Gale is her hunting partner and her best friend. In a way I can’t help but think that it would be better for her to end up with Gale but I can’t help but wish she would choose Peeta. They truly are the starstruck lovers from district 12.

  173. Emily
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:33:09

    I definately think Katniss will end up with Peeta. She knows she has felt something before when she kissed him once in the 1st arena and then again in the second. We also learned in Catching Fire that Madge and Gale may have something going on because of when Madge brought over the Morphling for him after he was whipped. I think Gale and Madge will end up together, and Katniss and Peeta will. I think Mockingjay will end up being AMAZING anyway, but that’s just my opinion.

  174. Kim
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:33:44

    Team Peeta!!!

  175. Iris Shreve Garrott
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:34:04

    gotta go with Gale…

  176. Kate Hollifield
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:34:52

    I am all for Gale, but I like Cinna as well! So if not Gale, then Cinna.

  177. Natalie D.
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:35:09

    Well, considering what I’ve read and how I feel, I believe Gale was a far better match for Katniss.
    Sure, the whole idea of lovers within a game where they have to fight to the death is a very romantic thought; Katniss and Gale have known each other all of their lives. And I can’t help but see a bit of a spark between them.
    I hope Katniss ends up with Gale…they’re perfect for each other…

  178. Tracy M
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:35:46

    Definitely Gale, since they’ve been friends forever. I feel he understands her more.

  179. Jamie Stoddard
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:35:57

    My vote is for Peeta.

  180. Jayne
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:35:57

    Definitely Gale. That comment about Madge is unnecessary and gross. This may be a book with a political message but it’s definitely not THAT one.

  181. Emily
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:36:17

    Peeta is so going to die! Besides after all Katniss has been through she deserves to be taken care of. Where as Peeta always has good intentions she always ends up taking care of him. Gale deserves her more he grew up in the seam and had to save his family just like Katniss.

  182. Shannon
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:36:58

    Team Peeta all the way.

  183. Amy K
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:37:08

    Definitely have to go with Peeta. Obviously Gale harbors feelings for her but I think the shared experience of the Games will bring Katniss and Peeta together.

  184. Kit
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:37:21

    As bad as I would feel for Peeta, I am in the Gale camp due mostly to their somewhat unspoken understanding of each other and history, although she could certainly “do worse” than Peeta. :)

  185. taylorh
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:38:57

    i LOVE peeta. he is absolutely perfect for katniss. but i also love gale, and i think he and katniss should stay could friends, if they can. my favorite match for kaatniss is madge. i can see them becoming such good friends, and madge has helped her so much. also, i think madge has a crush on gale, which could solve one of katniss’s many problems. but suzanne wouldn’t make it that easy, would she? (:

  186. Jenna
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:39:39

    I want katniss to endue with Gale. He’s been with katniss from the very beginning. But it would be interesting if she ended up with Finnick or Cinna.

  187. Angel
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:39:47

    Peeta! No question. As a child, Peeta burned the bread and suffered a hit in the face to save Katniss and her family from hunger. He’s loved her longer and they’ve been through more together. Anyone would be lucky to have someone love them that much. Katniss needs to wake up and see that and stop using him. TEAM PEETA. :)

  188. Melissa Hughes
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:39:52

    My vote is Peeta – Gale seems too predictable – If I had to make a guesss, it would be a tragic death for Gale where Peeta is there to comfort her and allow it to lead to something more.

  189. Christine Palmer
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:41:10

    Definately Gale and Katniss should be a couple. I can see Peeta and Madge……

  190. janflocor
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:42:26

    If I have to pick a team I am Team Peeta, though I like the idea of the series ending with Katniss single. I just feel like they have been through far too much together, they would not really be able to share the same bond with someone else. ANd I was never really sure that Katniss was pretending to like him; I think she was in some serious denial.
    I think Haymitch will end up being the martyr for the revolution, though :(

  191. Jessica R.
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:44:47

    I love Finnick and Gale is okay, but I’m TEAM PEETA!!Whoo!!!

  192. Jeremiah
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:44:59

    Gale Hawthorne gets my vote.

  193. Tina
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:46:09

    Between the two male love interests, I’m Team Peeta, but with some reservations. I could be swayed to Team Gale but since Mockingjay is the last book, it’s not that likely that enough can happen to get me onto his side.

    However, I ADORE Cinna. His relationship with Katniss seems platonic, but if he ever confesses his feeling for her I’d switch to his side in a split second. Plus if Katniss doesn’t end up with Cinna, then I can have him. Hey, a girl can dream, right?

  194. Liz
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:46:34

    Cinna is my fave out of those choices, but not necessarily for romance. Peeta is the best lover for Katniss.

  195. gbondi07
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:47:01

    Team Peeta! He’s just so sweet. I’m still torn between him and Gale for her. But I feel like Peeta goes with her well.

  196. Charlene
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:47:14

    i think katniss should be with gale.
    they have a great relationship where one isn’t afraid to challenge the other.

  197. TylerC
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:47:35

    Gale’s my choice…who says that he wouldn’t have done everything that Peeta for Katniss in the arena. But he had his mom and siblings to take care of. And he’s fighting for what he believes in, just like Katniss has decided.

  198. Sara
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:47:54

    Not that you say it I’ll be on team Joanna.

  199. Lucy
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:48:05

    After just re-reading Hunger Games and Catching Fire I hope Katniss ends up with Peeta. Regardless, I hope they all survive and this is a hard choice!

  200. Jesyca
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:50:15

    Team Gale!
    Her love for Peeta is born of a bonding from being in the games together. But that raw love, the kind in the pit of your stomach, lust and wanting, that is Gale!

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