Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and to get you all in the mood for the season, I’ve come up with a short list of YA romance novels that I recommend reading before the big day. Maybe you already believe in love… Or maybe you don’t. Regardless, I believe this list of books will have you yearning for a little love in your life.
1. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (Duology) by Jenny Han
Synopsis: High schooler Lara Jean collects her unsent love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They were meant for all the boys she’s loved. Unfortunately for her, someone sent out her letter and her love life takes a turn.
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before & P.S. I Still Love You are one of my favorite YA duologies. Why? Because it captures the essence of loving more than one person. Yes, a person can find their one true love but sometimes you have to fall for a few others before finding that special someone.
2. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Synopsis: Cath and her twin sister Wren have just started their first year of college. While Wren enjoys her new found freedom, Cath struggles with fitting in and figuring out whether or not she wants to pursue a career in Writing. For her, fanfiction is her life. Maybe her new friend Levi can show her there’s more to life than staying at home and writing fanfics.
Nerds deserve to fall in love too. Maybe I’m biased, but this book spoke to me because it made feel proud to be a nerd. It also made me believe that someone out there will fall in love with me regardless of my obsession with Pokemon and Game of Thrones.
3. The Lunar Chronicles (series) by Marissa Meyers
Synopsis: Cinder is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past and reviled by her stepmother. But when her life suddenly intertwines with Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic war and a forbidden love. Caught between duty and freedom, Cinder must uncover the secrets of her past in order to protect her world’s future.
The reason why I added this fantasy romance series onto this list is because it’s a retelling of the stories that started them all… fairytales! Cinder is a cyborg adaptation of Cinderella. It may seem like a different story, but it has the same ending: happily ever after.
4. Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
Synopsis: Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson has always been confident in her own skin, but that changes when she starts working at a fast food restaurant with a hunky jock named Bo.
This novel is something that I think all should read. Not only is it a love story, but it’s also a story about being confident and comfortable in your own skin. In a society that shames women for their bodies, this story rises above and proves that it doesn’t matter if your thin or chubby. The right people will love you for you.
5. P.S. I Like You by Kasie West
Synopsis: One day in Chemistry class, Lily wrote song lyrics on her desk. The next day, to her surprise, someone has continued the lyrics on the desk and wrote a message to her. Who is this stranger? And will they ever meet?
This last book is a favorite because it adds a bit of mystery to the romance. Lily and this secret admirer, for the most part, interact through notes and it takes awhile to figure out who this mystery person is. Love can be a mystery, so I hope that you all find something wonderful in it.