YA romance books are a staple in young adult literature. (Heck, one of the books placing YAlit on the map was a romance between a girl and a vampire!)
It goes without saying that we like to curl up with a good romance book from time to time. There are a lot to choose from, but when it comes down to it, these are the best.
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Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Catherine is a talented baker and a hopeless romantic. All she wants in life is to open her own bakery and somehow find true love along the way. Unfortunately, her parents have different plans for her. They want her to be the Queen of Hearts, and in order for that to happen she must marry its childish King. As Catherine struggles to obey her parents wishes, she meets Jest, the ever mysterious court jester. Sparks fly between them, but both of them are aware of the consequences of their relationship. In this vivid reimangining of Wonderland, Marissa Meyer provides an unforgettable backstory to the infamous Queen of Hearts.
P.S. I Like You by Kasie West
If you’re a fan of any romantic comedy, especially ‘You’ve Got Mail’, then this book is exactly what you need this Valentine’s Day! It’s by far my favorite Kasie West book not only for the romance, but there are great family relationships and friendships also. I can’t get enough of hate-love romances, and if you’re the same then you’ll instantly root for Lily and her happy ending!
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Rainbow Rowell brings to life relatable, unique characters in this fantastic coming-of-age story. Eleanor and Park find themselves through their friendship, and that’s why I found their love story so realistic. Reading their story will bring all the feels of falling in love for the first time. Falling in love can be a little awkward at times, but in the end, you’re reminded how amazing it can truly be.
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Set in Paris only helps bring this adorable romance to life! How could I not add this book to our list? Anna and St. Clair have one of the sweetest romances that I’ve yet to read! These characters will tug at your heartstrings through Stephanie Perkin’s beautiful writing.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Ari is fighting his own personal war between growing up, his relationshops with his family and learning to move on from the events of the past. When he meets Dante, someone so completely confident and opposite to himself, the friendship of a lifetime begins. A beautiful coming of age romance that acknowledges the complexity of the universe we live in. One of my all-time favourites!
Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally
Jordan is the quarterback and only girl on the Hundred Oaks High football team. That is, until a new, cute guy wants her spot. Jordan, who has no girl friends and has never had a crush, now finds herself in a new, uncomfortable space. It’s filled with romance and twists and turns that’ll keep you guessing to the very end.
This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
Ellie and Graham have been e-mailing back and forth for months after Graham accidentally sends an e-mail to Ellie instead of someone else. He’s a big movie star while she’s from a small town. They are fine online, but when Graham’s new movie is set in Ellie’s hometown, they are forced to acknowledge their feelings. Perfect for fans of ‘Notting Hill’, This is What Happy Looks Like will steal your heart.
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Madeline’s and Olly’s love story is different from the rest. Maddie lives a quiet and comfortable life, but everything changes when Olly moves next door. Since she’s allergic to pretty much everything and cant leave her house, they don’t fall in love the normal way. They fall in love by miming at the window, chatting online and sharing poems. Their first physical encounter is soo innocent and sweet. I couldn’t get enough of these two. This is easily one of the best YA romance books in a while.