My Book Boyfriend (3): Andrius Arvydas
Wednesday February 8, 2012 at 12:05 am |

This week MBB is Andrius Arvydas from Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys.  Andrius was a beacon of light for me in an otherwise dark and heavy novel.  I think he also served as hope, light, and life for some of the main characters as well.  Though it was hard for the author to really develop a romance amidst the difficulties the characters experienced, she did an awesome job drawing out the kind of character Andrius came to be.  He was kind, and caring, and just good to those around him.  For that he is MBB this week.

“Good men are often more practical than pretty,” said Mother.  “Andrius just happens to be both.” pg. 161

Andrius Profile:

  • Seventeen years old
  • Strong bone structure
  • Perfectly proportioned face
  • Wavy brown hair
  • Blue eyes
  • Taken from his home in Lithuania
  • Forced to work on a beet farm
  • Provides and steals to help others
    Has taken a special interest in the Vilkas family
    Kind and sweet



“Andrius, I’m. . .scared.”
He stopped and turned to me.  “No.  Don’t be scared.  Don’t give them anything, Lina, not even your fear.”
“I can’t help it.  I’m not even used to this camp.  I miss home, I miss my father, I miss school, I miss my cousin.”  My breathing quickened.
“Shh,” said Andrius.  He pulled me to his chest.  “Be careful who you talk to.  Don’t let your guard down okay?” he whispered.  His arms tightened around me.
“I don’t want to go,” I said .  We stood quiet.
How did I get here?  How did I end up in the arms of a boy I barely knew, but knew I didn’t want to lose?  I wonder what I would have thought of Andrius in Lithuania.  Would I have liked him?  Would he have liked me?
“I don’t want you to go,” he finally whispered, barely audible.
I closed my eyes.  “Andrius, we have to get back home.”
“I know,” he said.  “We will.”  He took my hand and we started back. pg. 243-244


Andrius turned.  His eyes found mine.  “I’ll see you,” he said.
My face didn’t wrinkle.  I didn’t utter a sound.  But for the first time in months, I cried.  Tears popped from their dry sockets and sailed down my cheeks in one quick stream.  I looked away.
The NKVD called the bald man’s name.
“Look at me,” whispered Andrius, moving close.  “I’ll see you,” he said.  “Just think about that.  Just think about me bringing you your drawings.  Picture it, because I’ll be there.”
I nodded.
“Vilkas,” the NKVD called.
We walked toward the truck and climbed inside.  I looked down at Andrius.  He raked through his hair with his fingers.  The engine turned and roared.  I raised my hand in a wave good-bye.
His lips formed the words “I’ll see you.”  He nodded in confirmation.
I nodded back.  The back gate slammed and I sat down.  The truck lurched forward.  Wind began to blow against my face.  I pulled my coat closed and put my hands in my pockets.  That’s when I felt it.  The stone.  Andrius had slipped it into my pocket.  I stood up to let him know I had found it.  He was gone. pg. 248

My Andrius is being played by actor Drew Roy.  I picked pics that you can hardly see his eyes because his green eyes don’t match Andrius’ blue ones.  But otherwise he’ like a perfect fit in my head.  Seems I always have trouble with the eyes.  Maybe one week I’ll nail it all.

My Book Boyfriend is a weekly meme hosted by Missie of The Unread Reader.  It was created to give us all a chance to gush and swoon over those amazing boys we fall for in our books.  If you’d like to participate then click the link and grab the image.

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28 Responses to “My Book Boyfriend (3): Andrius Arvydas”

  1. I never find the eyes to match either. It is really hard though to find a perfect match. I’ve heard this book is really deep with a lot of difficulties. Both a practical but pretty man. I like the first quote. He seems really sweet and I like who you chose.

  2. I think it’s impossible to get everything to fit. Plus if you are anything like me, half the time you read the character description wrong the first time and that completely changes how you picture the character forever on.

    Can’t say I’ve read this book, but it sounds really good. Love the quotes (and the boy 😉

    • Jade Jade says:

      LOL, I do that often so I’m glad to know I’m not the only one. In THG Peeta is clearly Blond, but I kept picturing Brown and vice versa for Gale. I couldn’t shake the image.

  3. Jess says:

    Ohh I’ve not heard of this book but it sounds interesting, and I love Drew Roy, seems you found the right actor for Andrius.

    Here’s mine:


  4. I want to read this so badly! Love historical fiction and I am interested in this premise! Drey Roy is total hottie as well!

  5. Lena says:

    He nice looking. I like the cleft in his chin. I hadn’t heard of the book, but it sounds like a good match. 🙂

  6. Lisa says:

    This was such an amazing and heartbreaking book. I’m glad that Andrius was there for Lina and her family.

  7. Great choice! He’s dreamy. 🙂

  8. Lesley says:

    I agree its really difficult to get a picture that matches the full discription in the book and the picture you create in your head when reading and falling head over heels for a character.

  9. Missie says:

    What? Those pictures are of Drew Roy? Wow! I hardly recognized him. That last picture…. *melts*

    Thanks for sharing some Andrius quotes. He sounds like such a strong, caring character.

  10. Oh my gosh, DREW ROY! <3 Love him so much! And any book boy that reminds you of him enough that he'd be your model makes him definitely one that I need to meet! 😉 Those quotes are all so swoon-worthy! We definitely need more sweet & kind boys like Andrius in real life!

    I love your book boyfriend pick for this week, Jade!! And that "good men" quote made me smile! x)

  11. Oh <3 I've heard this book is so good! And I love the quotes you've chosen! 🙂 I really need to pick it up this year 🙂 Thanks for sharing 🙂 😉

  12. Belle says:

    Drew is BEAUTIFUL! I really want to read this book, but I’m scared it’ll be so sad!

  13. Consolee says: