Hello, and happy Monday! Because today is Valentines day, I thought that it would be fun to share a list of fifteen YA romance books I love! Most of these are contemporary romance, but I have a couple historical romances as well which is fun. Anyways, I don’t have much else to say in this introduction, so I’m going to get right into the list of books!
These Violent Delights, by Chloe Gong
These Violent Delights is a Romeo and Juliette retelling set in 1920’s Shanghai, and is the perfect book to start off this list. The book is full of adventure, magic and more, but at the center is an incredibly written romance. Roma and Juliette, the main characters, have a heartbreakingly beautiful romance, which is amazing to read.
The Weight of the Stars, by K. Ancrum
The Weight of the Stars is a beautiful YA romance about two girls; Ryann and Alexandria. It’s hard to really explain the book without giving too much away, and the story is unlike anything I’ve ever read. The way that it’s told, the style that it’s written in… all of it is just so unique.
Last Night at the Telegraph Club, by Malinda Lo
Last Night at the Telegraph Club is a beautiful story about Lily Hu, a seventeen-year-old Chinese American discovering her identity, and learning what it means to be a lesbian in 1954 San Fransisco, and Kathleen Miller, the girl who introduces her to the Telegraph Club, a lesbian bar that becomes the only place where they feel they have a home.
Made in Korea, by Sarah Suk
The plot was very fast paced, and fairly intense for a contemporary romance. This wasn’t at all a bad thing though. It only made me that much involved in what was happening in the book, and just added to how much I enjoyed it.
Heartstopper, by Alice Oseman
Heartstopper is an adorable graphic novel & contemporary romance, and it is so much fun to read. The amazing LGBTQ+ representation, and the amazing and cute romance make for a quick and really fun read!
The Falling in Love Montage, by Ciara Smyth
The Falling in Love Montage is an adorable sapphic rom com with every cliché imaginable- and that’s a good thing. It’s about two teen girls who make a plan to go on a series of movie-montage worthy dates over one amazing summer. It’s a really amazing book, and is so heartwarming. I really loved reading it!
The Henna Wars, by Adiba Jaigirdar
The Henna Wars, by Adiba Jaigirdar is one of my favorite books, and it’s such a beautiful romance. It’s written really well, and the characters are all so well developed. The queer representation is really beautiful, and overall, I just really love it.
Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating
Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating is also by Adiba Jaigirdar, one of my favorite authors, and I really loved it. It’s about fake dating, which is such a fun trope, and the characters are all so nuanced with so much depth. The romance in it is really cute, and it makes me even more excited to read more by Adiba Jaigirdar!
Some Girls Do, by Jennifer Dugan
Some Girls Do is a really beautiful YA contemporary, with amazing LGBTQ+ rep. I adored the two main characters, and I thought that they, as well as many of the side characters, were written so well and with so much depth. I could barely put this one down, and I loved every page.
Perfect on Paper, by Sophie Gonzales
Perfect on Paper follows bisexual teen Darcy Philips, who runs an anonymous love advice business out of an empty locker at her high school. Her love advice is spot on, but her own love life? Not so perfect. Perfect on Paper is an incredible book. The plot is fast-paced and fun, the characters are memorable, and the writing is amazing. The LQBTQ+ representation is done extremely well, and the romance is really cute!
Only Mostly Devastated, by Sophie Gonzales
Only Mostly Devastated is an emotional and beautifully written romance. I love all the of the main characters and side characters, and they are all brought to life in amazing ways. The way that the romance plays out, with both the main characters going through their own struggles in their own lives while also falling in love.
If This Gets Out, by Sophie Gonzales
If This Gets Out is a really remarkable book. It’s a fun, happy, and hopeful romance that deals with its fair share of seriousness and gives a unique glimpse into the life and struggles of young queer celebrities, and being queer while also navigating the music industry.
When You Get the Chance, You Have a Match and Tweet Cute, by Emma Lord
Emma Lord is one of my favorite YA authors, and I love all of her books. All three of them are contemporary romances, and all three of them are absolutely amazing. Emma Lord is wonderful at bringing lots of complex characters to life, and at writing adorable and fun romances with exciting plots!