On spookycyn, I'm blogging today in response to a 2004 Washington Post article about the character Jake Ryan from "Sixteen Candles."
I've been trying to think of YA lit heroes that fall even vaguely into the same category. Dishy, destined, and determined to help solve your problems.
I came up with only one: Gabriel from Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause (Delacorte, 1999). And even then, Vivian could eat Samantha for lunch, so to speak.
Clearly, there's a lot of growth potential in this area.